Snowdrops are one of the first signs that spring will soon be here. These perfect delicate white flowers are the first to be seen at the end of winter and are always a delight to find along any walk. Today Petra and I walked towards Wilcot from Pewsey in the sun and spotted quite a few along the towpath.

Yes, wellies are essential, but when the sun shines and the canal reflects the bluest of skies there is nowhere I’d rather be.

Our first few holidays of 2020 are just a couple of weeks away and so we are busy recommissioning our boats, making sure everything is ready for their February holidays. As the weather warms we’ll see more flowers spring too, and the waterside wildlife becomes more active. Magnificent herons are commonplace through the Vale of Pewsey. You’ll see many if you take a short break or longer holiday with us, at any time of the year. They can stay so still an look like statues. Of course you’ll see the coots and the moorhens, and if you’re luck you might see the bright blue flash of the kingfisher. Early in the morning you are more likely to see the hare, especially in March, so if you’re up before breakfast wander into the fields and see if you can find a few. The squirrels are always in the tress, the swans and ducks on the water and the deer in the shelter of the trees.

Take a little quiet time and see what you spot in this area of outstanding natural beauty.