I took my wife up to a place called Christmas Common just outside Watlington one morning, I thought it would be nice to take a picnic along as it was a nice sunny day the only down side it was bitterly cold. Neither of us had been here before though we had driven near by many times.
The carpark is in a wooded area
and you walk off along a path through the trees
Before coming to the National Trust path leading to Watlington Hill which is regarded as Christmas Common. It was here the reintroduced Red Kites that had once been extinct back to the area in 1989. Needless to say it was successful
One of the first sights I noticed was this view of Watlington, then a Red Kite flew past
One of the sights the area is famous for
I looked back across to where the Watlington Gap would be (M40) which is the other side of the far hill
Ahead we had the common to walk along
At the end of where we wanted to go I looked down on the town of Watlington and took the above stitch photo before starting to head back the way we came
Looking over at the wonderful views you got. Just ashame it was hazy
soon we were back looking along the common and headed off for a welcome hot coffee
But not before watching about 9 Red Kites flying around. I might add after getting home we spotted 10 of them flying around near our house.