Set between the two beautiful villages of Keyingham and Burstwick in East Yorkshire is the quiet and idyllic setting of Kelsey Gardens.
Popular with dog walkers, Kelsey Gardens is stunning with its vast lakes, woodland and green space. One lake, in particular, is popular with fishermen. The lake is well stocked with Bream, Carp, Roach, Rudd, Tench and Skimmers. The owners do charge for fishing; £6 for one rod, £9 for two rods and £12 for 3 rods.
The other lake is used for watersports, in particular, canoeing. Canoes are only available for hire at weekends at a price of £10 per hour. Tuition is available and life jackets are provided.
Due to its stunning location, Kelsey Gardens is popular with nature and wildlife, in particular, deer, fox, rabbits, hares, weasels, stoats and water voles. It's also a popular location for any discerning birdwatchers out there, with over 100 bird species recorded on site.
There is a caravan on site offering hot and cold refreshments. Breakfasts are offered, including hot and cold sandwiches and scrummy homemade cakes. Depending on the weather, there is the choice of indoor and outdoor seating. Unfortunately, refreshments are only served at the weekend and on Wednesdays.
As I live a stone's throw from Kelsey Gardens, I am a frequent visitor. The dog gets to go for a swim in the lake, the kids get to paddle and I get to sit and relax and enjoy the weather and the gorgeous scenery.
Kelsey Gardens has recently become a place to take your model boats and is currently home to Hull Model Boat Club. Although the owners are very welcoming of dog walkers and children, the lake becomes off limits when model boat owners are sailing their boats on the lake.
If you are walking down the disused railway lines to Kelsey Gardens and you have a dog, beware if your dog is a roller like mine - the smell that follows you home might just be emanating from your dog.