Some of the trails are right by the riverside.
Of course I had a keen eye for the wild flowers growing along the way.
As the afternoon went on it got warmer and it was really very pleasant walking (and cycling) in the sunshine.
We turned a corner and found ourselves alongside a farmer field where wheat was growing. All along the edge of the field were the most gorgeous red poppies.
On our way back to the car park we noticed a sign pointing to Willington Dovecote so we decided to do a short detour to have a look.
The Dovecote and stable building stand alongside Willington church. Both buildings were built in 1541 by Sir John Gostwick, who served as Cardinal Wolsey's Master of Horse. This was a man who thought big! 1500 nesting boxes for pigeons line the walls of the cote. The cote and adjoining stable block are thought to have been built with stone from Newnham Priory. It is thought that the buildings were built to prove Sir John's status to Henry VIII who visited Willington on two occasions.