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Camberley Lake Walk

Date & start time: Saturday 27th November 2010, 2 pm start.

Location of Start : Sandhurst Estate, Camberley, Surrey (Near London), Uk ( SU 867 609 )

Places visited : Upper and Lower Lakes

Walk details : 1.5 mls, negligible feet of ascent, 1 hr 20 mins.

Highest point : The foot bridge, barely three feet above water level.

Walked with : Alexander and the dogs, Theo and Saffie.

Weather : Overcast and below freezing but dry.

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A pre-Christmas visit to our family in Surrey and we are staying inside the Royal Military Academy grounds.

While Ann was in town I walked with our grandson and their two dogs around the upper and lower lakes of Sandhurst Estate.

My son-in-law works within the Royal Army Medical Corps and so qualifies for a house in the Academy ground.

This would be our base for a few days.

Four wheel drive was not necessary as the car was actually parked on the tarmac drive !

Time to take the dogs for a walk while the family was busy working, shopping or were otherwise engaged.

Alexander looks really excited . . . !

We crossed the road past this orienteering marker . . .
. . . and over to the frozen lake.

Our journey down from Cumbria avoided the east coast route because of the forecasted snow

but despite being clear, Camberley was still a very cold place to be.

Some of the grand buildings that make up the Academy, seen here over the frozen waters of Upper Lake.

Alexander took great delight in bashing the ice with his stick to see if he could break it.

Sometimes the ice won and he had to find a new stick to replace the broken one.

The weir and outflow of the top lake before it flows into the lower one. The lighter coloured, flat concrete section by the fence

allows the footpath to ford the small stream but there is little flow of water at this time of year and the overflow is dry.

A restful chair to sit and enjoy the view on a warmer day.

Pampas Grass on the edge of the wood.
The depth gauge and water lilies.

This large one is frozen into the surface ice.

The boathouse is shut for the winter.

Chance to play with the leaves . . .
. . . thrown into the air like big snowflakes.

The Academy at Sandhurst, viewed across the Lower Lake.

The Victoria Memorial in front of the parade ground.

A rather colourful Egyptian Goose and her offspring . . .

She takes to the water in one small patch that wasn't frozen over.

It was a lot colder than it looked.

Another monuments commemorates the work of the 3 (BR) Corps, a WWII formation group.

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The in-laws . . . Jean ( Richard's Mum), Ann (Cathy's Mum) and Barbara (Ann's sister).

We haven't seen Barbara since the last family wedding.

Good to meet up again on the Sunday and enjoy a chat and a meal together.

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Breakfast on Monday before we set off back to Cumbria.

Boiled egg and soldiers . . . very apt for Sandhurst Academy !

The journey back was sunny and clear.

By keeping to the west coast M6 we avoided the big snowfalls of the east coast we have just seen on the news.

Farleton Fell, the usual limestone is covered in snow.

Junction 37 (Kendal / Sedbergh ) and the snow is getting deeper on the fields.

Passing the Cement works at Shap and the weather is definitely deteriorating.

I wonder how much snow there will be when we get home ?

Post Script:

Did the dogs have a hard time while we were away ?

I don't think so !

Many thanks to Jayne and Max who keept them in a style to which they would like to grow accustomed !

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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Canon 75 or my Canon G10 digital camera or Jayne's (one of the dogs).

Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.

This site best viewed with . . . a big stick for breaking the ice.

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