Doxey Marshes are a great place to walk and spend time watching wildlife. The marshes are hemmed between Stafford town centre, the West Coast Main Line railway and the M6.
I’ve spent hours walking, writing and thinking here.
The changes in the seasons are particularly striking in a marshland environment. This photo, just a few weeks old, shows the marsh in winter. It is frosted and icy with tufts of marsh grass breaking through the dusty snow.
In a short time spring will come and the marshes will awake. Later there will be blackberries in the lanes and carp and pike nipping at dragonflies.
On the hill is an old dairy farm with tumbledown cattle stalls. An ancient track from Tillington to Doxey, walked long before the railway came in the 1840s, is marked by pollarded willows and sinking gravel.