A couple of days ago i spent some time fishing a very large and attractive reservoir called ALTON WATER. I’ve fished here a few times before as it holds most species of coarse fish that i enjoy angling for, but its not just the fish that draw me back to this water its the sheer beauty of the pace. While i was there i had a buzzard land in a tree above me, numerous waterfowl frolicking in front of me, could hear cuckoos in the distance as well a woodpecker hammering away at a nearby tree, but the ‘PIECE DE RESISTANCE’ was having a little electric blue flash drop down and sit on my rod tip, for just a few seconds, to say hello. I do love kingfishers and had been watching this little fellow whizzing too and fro for best part of the day, unfortunately he didn’t sit still long enough for me to take a photo.
Alton Water, the actual waters surface that is, is roughly 350 acres and tree lined around most of its banks. Located just outside Ipswich, in Suffolk, its easy to get as being only a few miles from the A12. There is a level gravel pathway around the whole of its perimeter, approximately 8.2 miles, and is ideal for those who enjoy a nice comfortable stroll in some glorious natural surroundings as well the more active amongst us who prefer to pedal around on two wheels or , god knows why, jog along . Theres a nice little cafe and picnic area located at the dam end, as well as a kiosk where you can hire a bike to propel yourself along the pathways. Further along towards the dam is a watersports centre for those who like taking to the water on sail boards, paddle boards and sailed dinghies. Theres also a caravan park on site to pitch up and enjoy the scenery.
Above are a few pictures, i took on my way back from fishing, which i thought might give an idea of the scale and beauty of the place. They are only a taster as i plan to do a vlog there pretty soon so will go into more depth about the place then.