Lakeside Ramblings describes, month by month, the authors experience of walking throughout the year every morning at Stanwick Lakes. Bob Gotch recounts the wildlife as it changes across the year and includes details about the people he meets (and their dogs), the thoughts he has and the facts he learns. Covering a variety of topics including observations about events in the wider world, the reader can enjoy a lighthearted and humorous approach.
Author Bob Gotch was born in 1941 and spent most of his working life as a partner in a local Architects and Surveyors practice. However, at the age of fifty-nine he was advised to retire as he had been diagnosed with degenerative osteoarthritis and he became registered disabled. Prior to that he had been very active in sport and later his main activities were rambling and hill walking. Before arthritis struck, Bob was the secretary of the Wellingborough branch of Ramblers’ Association.
When the gravel pits of Stanwick closed and the land was converted to a nature reserve, Bob began to visit early every morning with his wife to exercise their dog. Following a hip and knee replacement, Bob gradually increased his fitness and now walks an average of two miles each morning at the lakes. With his new found mobility, he is now a volunteer with the Irthlingborough Scout Group and enjoys passing his lifetime’s experience of the countryside to the young members.