Do you love the idea of walking beside a body of water? There are so many watery nature walks you could do. Still water, running water, falling water; big water bodies and small… If you love being near water, there are all sorts of options to consider, including:
Rivers encompass everything from huge, cross-continental giants to rushing rivers, laughing brooks and trickling streams. Their landscapes can be just as varied. Some might be nestled within deep canyons, valleys or ravines; others might snake lazily over wide-open plains or meadows.
Lakes similarly, can be vast, sea-like entities, or hidden gems in a peaceful corner of woodland. They may be high in the mountainous uplands, or surrounded by the hustle and bustle of a city. Their waters’, likewise, can be salty, fresh or brackish! Perhaps, even ponds could be considered mini lakes?
Canals can be interesting water features to do a nature walk along. Winding between city centers, urban suburbs and open countryside, they can encompass numerous habitats and environments – and have inspiring histories too. Many canals still feature remnants of their horse-drawn barge days.
Reservoirs, much like the previous watery bodies, can vary considerable in shape and location. Some may sit in man-made quarries, while others straddle deep valleys and canyons. They might have raging torrents of pouring water, or gentle trickles through a pipe. Their habitats and wildlife reflect these locations, each being unique to itself.
Sea! What bucket lit can be complete without mention of the sea? From the rocky, stormy waves and spraying foams of winter, to the gentle lulls and rippling tides of a shallow cove in summer. The wildlife you find in coastal areas will be different from any other location you might see.