Sunday, 11 March 2018

Abbey Village

Abbey Village again, but with a few alterations and diversions to avoid the muddy bits. Mostly worked and the route is quite nice. Will use it again with a bit of an extension.

Abbey Village elevation

Abbey Village route
Bit of grey day up on the moors.

Darwen Moor

Darwen Moor

Friday, 23 February 2018

Harrock Hill

A weekday walk around Harrock Hill. Started off with frozen ground, but as the day progressed the frost melted and we started to descend in the mouth of mudness.

Harrock Hill elevation

Harrock Hill route
I didn't think to take pictures of the state of the footpaths until about half way round, so this isn't even the worst of it, but this is increasingly becoming the state of the paths we use and it only seems to be getting worse each year. (With apologies to Simon and Garfunkel).

Hello quagmire my old friend

I've come to walk in you again

Because a slurry softly seeping

Left its mess while I was sliding

And the muck that was planted in my stride

Still abides

Within the sound of squelching

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Llangollen

Back to Llangollen as there's less mud to wade through than most places. Nice early morning light that faded away before we got anywhere high up. Saw some Goosanders on the canal.

Llangollen elevation

Llangollen route
Velvet Hill

Velvet Hill

Sheep snacking (there's always at least one stuck inside)

Sunbeams over Llangollen

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Hollingworth Lake

A frosty walk from Hollingworth Lake. Barely a cloud in the sky so very bright.

Hollingworth Lake elevation

Hollingworth Lake route

A lot more people around than usual. Probably New Years Resolutions to get more exercise!

Woods in early morning light

Frost on the bench overlooking the reservoirs

Sheep trying to keep warm

Plenty of traffic on the M62

Gill on Windy Hill

Saturday, 30 December 2017

Moel Gyw

A new walk to the unpronounceable Moel Gyw, just up the road from Moel Famau (in fact a short stretch of it goes along the same path, not that we realised at the time). It had been raining and snowing heavily and the winds were howling.

Moel Gyw elevation

Moel Gyw route
Despite forecasts to the contrary it did rain quite a lot throughout the day, so not many pictures again. Also mud everywhere, again. Winds were so fierce we couldn't even make it up the little diversion to the summit of Moel Gyw (when you can barely stand up on the path it's not a good idea to stand on an exposed hill top). Maybe next time.

Took the wrong path part way round, but it did take us up to a nice viewpoint.

Remnants of snow on the hills

Remnants of snow on the hills

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Donna Nook

Time to burn off some christmas pudding. A quick jaunt around Gibraltar point turned up practically nothing (other than a Barn Owl just as we were leaving) so we took a nice diversion through the Lincolnshire Wolds and went to see if there were any Grey Seals left at Donna Nook. Luckily a few were still sleeping off the Yuletide excesses. A handful of pups still around, last one had been born about a week before.

Turbines at Gibraltar Point (making lots of electricity in the strong winds)

Male Grey Seal stretching before some more snoozing

Grey Seal youngster

Grey Seal pup
 One pup was lounging on a hillock and having a good stretch and scratch.
Grey Seal pup

Grey Seal pup

Grey Seal pup

Ferry passing more offshore wind turbines

Grey Seal pup

Grey Seal pup

Grey Seal female rushing to defend a pup from a nearby male

One too many whiskies the night before

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Moel Famau

Moel Famau from Loggerheads (people already getting their Christmas Trees).

Moel Famau elevation

Moel Famau route
Extreme winds up on the tops and a lot more rain than was expected. Camera went under cover in the rucksack early on and never came out again.


Thursday, 2 November 2017

Martin Mere

Up to Martin Mere, where we haven't been for a long time. Lots of changes, new hides installed, old ones removed, new paths through the reed beds.

Lapwing

Lapwing

Female Tufted Duck
Usual array of small, flitting birds at the feeders, but the Brown Rats were far more entertaining.

Brown Rat

Brown Rats
Went for a wander through the reed beds. Not much around but a few Buzzards were on posts and roofs.

Buzzard
Saw at least half a dozen Snipe on a little mound. Never seen so many at once.

Snipes galore

Black-headed Gull trailing reed

Woodpigeon snoozing

Tree Sparrow