East Yorkshire

Route: Hotham and North Cave Wetlands

Area: East Yorkshire

Date of walk: 7th January 2015

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 4.1 miles

Ascent: 200 feet

Weather: Dull cold and wet

I parked in the car park at North Cave Wetlands, a nature reserve of regional importance for birds, managed by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. I decided to save the reserve until the end of the walk and so headed back along the lane and into North Cave

After reaching the end of the village, I joined the attractive track which runs through The Park and past Hotham Hall. At this point it started to rain and the already dull skies became more overcast, so that I had to put the camera away for most of the walk

After arriving at the Hotham Arms I turned left along a quiet lane and at a crossroads I headed along the roadside in the direction of North Cave (not a pleasant section but it’s mercifully short) before re-entering the nature reserve via a small gate which leads into the reserve

Once back in the reserve I walked around the perimeter and spent some time in the South Hide. There was plenty to see through the binoculars – cormorant, heron, lapwing and various types of duck – but the photographic opportunities were limited in the dull light, and most of the birdlife was some distance away, so I only took a couple of pictures today. Click here for another time here, when the weather was a little kinder than it was today

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