It was a lovely day today - cold and frosty. What was needed was a walk so we decided to go to Wheldrake Ings. This is a waterlogged flood plain stretching along the bottom course of the River Derwent and attracts millions of water loving birds all year round. It is a protected site of scientific interest. However, when we got there, we couldn't even get into the fields to start our walk - the water was right up to the road. You can see where the footpath disappears into the water on the photographs!
But we weren't put off - because not far from here is another unusual natural site of heathland - Skipwith Common. So we went there instead. It's not as dramatic as the Ings and there were a lot of people there, but the exercise and fresh air did us good!