It was very cold as I set off from the car park and although it was a bright afternoon in shaded area puddles were still frozen from the previous nights frost.
Almost as soon as I set off I saw a small flock of Long-tailed Tits.
Always lovely little birds to see (and as I write this line one has just landed outside my window a few feet from my desk... just got a few pics through the window).
I got quite close to this Blackbird...she was determined to have the last berry on this bush.
It was a still calm day... not a ripple on the fishing pools.
...and with the low winter sun behind me the reflections were pin sharp.
I took loads of images...
...so many in fact I couldn't decide which ones to share... this is a random selection.
This fishing pool is just off one of the main paths but is hidden in a small gated wood.
I had it all to myself.
The Uplands at Anderton has wonderful views (if you ignore the chemical works in this image) and is very popular for weekend dog walkers... a safe area to let them them off the lead.
I bypassed the Uplands to follow a path through a wood of Silver Birch which leads towards Witton Brook.
Looking back through the trees I could see the sun was getting quite low... time to get a move on.
Anderton Nature Reserve is reclaimed industrial land... some relics the past still remain.
The footbridge over Witton Brook linking Northwich town centre with the reserve can be seen in the background.
The path I was following took me down to Witton Brook......... to be continued.