On New Year’s Day, John and I walked along the Exeter Canal down to Turf Lock. The Exeter Canal was built in 1563 making it one of the oldest artificial waterways in the UK. Although no longer in commercial use, it can be navigated by watercraft and there is a footpath which runs alongside it south towards the River Exe estuary. In wintertime the Exminster and Bowling Green Marshes on either side of the estuary are important sites for wintering and passage wetland birds.
It was very cold and very beautiful that day. The landscape reminded me of the Norfolk Broads and of the Dutch countryside.
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