Luxuriant vegetation cloaks the bankside of the chalk stream called the River Cerne that flows from the north along the valley between Charlton Down and Charminster Down. To the west the ground is pasture, and to the east it is cereal crops, mostly barley this year. Dark dragonflies dart and the birds sing. The tall white flowers of water dropwort and high flowering grasses almost hide the shallow water from view. The blue sky and branches of trees are reflected in intricate patterns on the water surface where it is visible.