Winter At Lenches Lakes
Lenches Lakes have delighted all visitors and staff this winter – Caravaners, Clubhouse guests, Fly Fishers , Dog Handlers, Dog Walkers, and Ramblers. We have been privy to our awesome British winter weather. We have had storms with relentless wind and rain, snow a good twenty centimetres deep, even both lakes frozen over for a few days. I was relieved to see that there were no footsteps venturing on to the ice this year!! This year the ice has been kind enough to break without too much weight behind it.
You may be interested in the following facts concerning ice in London’s River Thames. In 1683 – 1684, the year of “The Great Frost”, the Thames was frozen all the way up to London Bridge. The river stayed frozen for about two months allowing it to host the Frost Fairs out on the ice. The ice was about 27 cm (11 in) thick in London and about 120 cm (47 in) thick in Somerset. The sea froze up to 2 miles (3.2 km) out around the coast of the southern North Sea, causing severe problems for shipping and preventing use of many harbours.
No matter how cold it is it only takes one beautiful soul inspiring winter sunrise to put a spring in your step to fill your boots all day. Marvellous!
Natures beauty has been constantly marvelled at, the trees stripped bare, the lakeside willows with their bold yellow drapes, the conifer woodland lending its greenery to the winter landscape.
Resident wildlife has actively entertained us with deer – Fallow, Roe and Muntjac – roaming boldly lakeside and mooching across caravan sites. Squirrels, rabbits, foxes and badgers have all been very busy making their presence known. The winter birds, both seasonal visitors and residents enchant all with their mere being.
Winter a truly magical season, a season that nature dictates rejuvenation. It is energising, giving all a chance to slow down, refresh, restore, enabling life to burst into the Spring with enthusiastic relish.