As December begins, so does the insanity of Christmas shopping and an influx of tourists in London. This little country bumpkin can only handle being pushed, stepped on, or bumped into so many times before she snaps. So she took herself on a mini getaway on a beautiful Saturday morning. It’s miraculous what a little fresh air and space can do for a girl’s mental health!
You would never guess Walthamstow Wetlands is in London, because it doesn’t look anything like a concrete jungle. It is over 500 acres consisting of reservoirs connected by a network of paths. It used to be for anglers and bird-watchers only, but it is now open to the public, and I couldn’t be happier.
I met some Canadian Geese as I began my adventure. (I don’t know why, but I used to think Canadian Geese only lived in Canada… imagine my surprise seeing them swimming in the Thameswhen I first moved to London!) I also ran into some swans, countless ducks, and many other birds that I’m not familiar with.
Walthamstow Wetlands is a haven. I mean, it’s December so it’s not even in all it’s glory. I’m sure in the summer it is truly amazing. But even in the midst of winter it was exactly the escape I needed. Walking for miles without running into anyone, being surrounded by water and nature… It was refreshing in ways I didn’t even know were possible in the city.
I will definitely be making regular trips to this amazing place, and I’m also going to make it a mission to find similar places in or around London.
Let me know in the comments if you know of any places like this! Or tell me where you like to go to unwind.