Swans Ice-Breaking

We went for a walk yesterday with our informal walking group. We had planned a longer walk to Stoke Bruerne and including a return boat trip on Albert, but the weather put paid to that. Instead we went on a circular walk that included the Navigation Inn at Cosgrove. We started from our home in Potterspury and walked in glorious sunshine across the fields to Yardley Gobion. The snow was crisp and bright.

St Nicholas Church, Potterspury

We joined the canal path by the wharf at Yardley. It was there that we saw two swans moving down the cut breaking ice using their chests. You can see their track on the photo below.

Swans Ice-Breaking at Yardley Gobion Wharf

As we cut across the fields to the River Tove we saw some hares chasing across the fields at an alarming rate. The river was flowing fast and furious but, unlike in November, well within its banks.

Walking alongside the River Tove

Our lunch at the Navigation was very good and my two pints of Batemans were a joy. They were in the middle of decorating the restaurant but the log fire was very welcoming.

Snowman at Pilgrim's Field, Cosgrove

After lunch we returned to Potterspury via Cosgrove and the deserted village of Furtho. The church at Furtho, St Bartholomew, was open so we looked around the disused, but still consecrated, church, signing the visitors book. Around once a year a service is held their.

St Bartholomew's Church, Furtho

We also looked inside the dovecote; a preserved historic site.

Inside the dovecote at Furtho, Northants