The ground was a dry as dust, apparently we get less rainfall here than the Sahara Desert does but we're not classed as a desert as our rain is spread throughout the year.
(Click on the photo above to enlarge it and you'll just see the main open mere in the background)
At one point there were lots of reeds which must give shelter to many birds and wildlife.
Time for the return walk, across the field towards the hedges of hawthorn
and the verges of cow parsley.
A nice walk, just not quite what I'd expected - I hope you all had a good bank holiday too.