Exploring locally — Fabulous day!

15 May, 2016

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On the approach to Great Coum

When Piglet and I walk locally with pals who are far more familiar than us with the local landscape I often point to lovely hills in the distance and ask what they are. An interesting hill just to the left (as we observe them) of Ingleborough and Whernside has often been identified as Leck Fell, and yesterday Piggly and I decided to go and take a look.

I was a little worried when I scouted out the walk on Quo because there were several references to This, That and The Other farm, and so I was concerned that we might meet packs of ravaging collies. I was also a little afraid that we might find our progress blocked by fields full of monstrous cows. Despite that, though, Piglet persuaded me to give it a go yesterday morning, and so we set off for Ireby with our hearts in our mouths. Mine, anyway…

The route

The route

Leck, Great Coum, Bullpot Details

The details

Happily, it turned out to be a walk of exceptional beauty, and we encountered no aggressive or unwelcoming creatures at any stage. We didn’t start until 11am, but even with lots of dawdling and photo-breaks we were finished by 6pm, with plenty of time for me to stop and buy a pizza on the way home.

Today we walked from home with our pals, and when we stopped and looked over towards the Dales I recognised Leck Fell and the route that we explored yesterday. It felt good, and I look forward to further expeditions in the direction of Barbondale.

I also took the opportunity to play with the new camera, of course, and managed to get a lovely piccy of a wee hoverfly homing in on a head of Bugle.

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Bugle with hoverfly

I love it when unexpected wee creatures show up on my piccies 🙂

There are lots of other photos here for anybody who might like to look at them.


Sunny woodland walk from home

8 May, 2016

Gorse and mayfly

Piggle and I had a fab walk in the woods today with our pals Linda, John and Poppy. The bluebells are out, and we went to see them.

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A bluebell

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Lots of bluebells!

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Photographing bluebells

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Poppy in the bluebells

There were lots of other lovely things in the woods as well.

Wood sorrell & bluebells

Wood sorrel

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Lovely grasses

Gorse and mayfly

Wee mayfly rising to the beautiful gorse next to the river

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Garlic, Horsetail and wee spider

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Pretty thing

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Lovely snail

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More garlic

Piglet and Poppy both enjoyed a dip in the river.

Piglet cooling down

Piglet cooling off

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Poppy swimming

And it was lovely to be able to sit in the first truly warm sunshine of the year.

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Poppy, John and Linda

More pics here for anyone who’d like to see them.