Saturday, 13 January 2018

Old Moor RSPB

A cold and cloudy day at Old Moor, but the soup was good and we met some friendly folk. Highlight green sandpipers.

Long tailed tits
Greater spotted woodpecker
Reed bunting m&f
Gadwall
Coot
Moorhen
Tufty duck
Cormorants
Kestrel
Mallard
Grey heron
Teal
Snipe
Little egret
Green sandpiper
Goldeneye
Shoveler
Wigeon
Lapwing
Bunny
Pheasant
Wood pigeon
Magpie
Robin
Blackbird
Redshank
Mute Swan
Goosander
Shelduck
Pied wagtail
Bullfinch


Sunday, 7 January 2018

Martin Mere

Cold but sunny day at Martin Mere.

Whooper Swan
Greylag
Cormorant
Pintail
Pochard
Wigeon
Coot
Shelduck
Ruff
Snipe
Mallard
Tufty ducks
Lapwing
Pigeon
Buzzard
Kestrel
Marsh harrier
Grey heron
Teal
Long tailed tit
Gert big rats
Moorhen
Greenfinch
Goldfinch
Robin
Magpie
Canada geese
Starlings
Blue tits
Coal tit
Great tit
Little egret
Sparrowhawk
Barn owl

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Waterfalls around Ambleside

Distance: 6 miles
Ascent: 350m
Weather: cloudy and rain
Grey herons: 3
Buzzards accompanied by crows, dunnock, dipper

A rainy morning eased off so we headed out to look at some water. We walked up Stockghyll Falls, then around the lanes (where it started raining again) via barky dog farm (where I had a kitty meet and greet) and up the path to High Sweden Bridge.  It drizzled most of rest of the way and was dark, the spaceport clearly visible down in the valley 



Monday, 1 January 2018

Loughrigg Fell

Distance: 8 miles
Ascent: 450m
Weather: rainy
Kestrels: 2
Buzzard,  blackbird, wet people
People with terrible hangovers: 1 thankfully not one of us
People totally unprepared for the weather:   2 not us either, although there was some dampness.

The rain started as we left the park, and it was pretty much constantly wet all day. This did mean that there weren't quite the crowds that one might expect on Loughrigg Fell on New Year's Day, but we did meet a few people in various states of  enjoyment. We made it over the fell and returned back along the high path via the caves.

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Over Wansfell

Distance: 8 miles
Ascent: 600m
Weather: mostly cloudy
Robins, wrens, ponies, kestrels, buzzard
Wall incidents: 0 and I don't know what you are talking about 

The bad weather passed during the morning, leaving the rest of the day set fair (ish) so we set off armed with Wispa bars and Ribena to climb Wansfell,  via the Stockghyll falls. I wore my new hiking skirt, and was pretty impressed by how warm and comfortable it is. 

There were quite a lot of people out on the hill, most enjoying themselves,  some quite competitive. The sun came out briefly as we were at the top of the hill (we didn't go to the actual peak) with impressive views over Windermere. 

We headed down to Nanny Lane and down into Troutbeck.  The Old Post Office cafe was open, so we stopped for sandwiches and tea, then followed the track via Jenkin's Crag and Tesco supermarket for  New Year's Eve supplies.  It rained heavily as we approached town but had stopped by the time we'd finished shopping.

Saturday, 30 December 2017

Wray Castle

Distance: 10 miles
Ascent:
Weather: cloudy
Grey heron, cormorant,  goosanders,  mallards, jackdaws, blackbirds and robins

A wet morning dried out into a cloudy, overcast afternoon,  dry but without the promised spells of sunshine. There was one tiny patch of blue sky visible for a short while. We walked from Ambleside to Wray Castle,  around the lakeshore path to the campsite (handily open to non campers) and back the way we'd come. The path was icy slushy in places but easy going, which was good as it was nearly dark when we got back to town.

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Coniston to Ambleside along the Cumbria Way

Distance: 11 miles
Ascent:
Weather: cold and frosty

We got the 10:14 bus (when it arrived)  to Coniston and, after a brief wander around the village,  headed off along the Cumbria Way. It was clear and sunny,  with fine views and the ground was hard and mostly frozen. This was useful at the muddy sections but meant care was needed on some icy patches.

We called in at the visitor centre at Tarn Howes for first aid on scratches caused by a label and to use the facilities, complete with slimy hand gel.

The tarns were very pretty and very popular. The Cumbria Way heads away part way round through woodland and along a track that leads to the road to Skelwith. We stopped along the grassy path for some lunch, where there was sheepy entertainment.

At Skelwith we took the path avoiding the road, over a footbridge over the river and through the busy car park at the cafe.

The sun was starting to go down as we walked over the end of Loughrigg Fell under Ivy Crag, making long shadows and lighting the snowy tops orange.