Balmore Park – A Local Walk (In The Rain)
Don’t be put off by ‘bad’ weather – a walk can be enjoyable all year round. And who says it’s bad anyway.
For this item, the first entry on the site with a walk as its main focus, I’ve picked Balmore Park. It’s geographically central to Caversham, it’s surfaced for the most part (so it’s not muddy) and you can access it from various points. There’s a link to it on Open Maps here:
As you go through the trees towards the Rotherfield Way end of the main blue line on the map, there is a bit that’s not ‘properly’ surfaced. But most of this section is OK, even on a wet day.
And as well as not being overly muddy, this walk has pretty good views too – a good reason to look up and look all around you.
I’ve added this to the site on a wet day and it’s easy to be put off walking in the rain. But someone else said there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing. And that’s kind of right – and true enough of the rain we’ll typically get in Caversham. We can all think of exceptions but they are just that – exceptions.
So, where does this ‘need’ for ‘nice’ weather come from? I mean, we’re not sugar lumps, we’re not going to dissolve in the rain.
There are any number of decent walks you can do in wet weather. You might need a bit of forethought – where’s likely to be badly muddy; which roads get huge puddles on them that you’re better off not walking by if it’s been tipping down. But none of that’s hard work. And if a route proves too soggy? Hey! Turn around and go back the way you came. It’s not a big deal. (And it’s a nice, if frequently overlooked, reality that if you reverse a route you’ll often see things you’d not spotted before.)