Linford Bottom is less than two miles from our front door and is a shallow valley containing Linbrook which divides the two parts of the Linford Enclosures.
The brook is shallow and is an ideal place for children of all ages and dogs to gambol safely in its waters. Budding engineers build dams across its gravel bed or dig their own channels to divert the water to imagined kingdoms. New Forest ponies and cattle ignore these attempts to remodel the river as it flows by ambling through these man made constructs in their own inexorable and pastoral way and drinking where their genetic memory tells them countless generations of their species have drunk before them. So, the next day dams and drainage channels that once held dreams that are now memories of summer holidays have disappeared leaving a blank sheet for the next brigade of would be Capability Browns or Isambard Kingdom Brunels to attempt to leave their signature in the landscape.
With the passing of the August Bank Holiday weekend summer is fast approaching its close. Visitor numbers will dwindle and the brook can carve its own way through this valley without interruption.