Sunday, 30 August 2015

Bulkeley Hill

Back to the walk around Bulkeley Hill, mostly to sniff out Damsons. Found many in the usual places, but they're still weeks off being ripe; the cool summer must have set back the season a lot, we were picking them around now last year.

Bulkeley Hill elevation

Bulkeley Hill route

View from the Sandstone Trail in Tower Wood

Heading down to Mickerra farm

The usual area of wildflowers and Balsam by Outlanes Farm was buzzing with insects but also difficult to get near because of nettles and thistles.

Flesh Fly (or some member of the Sarcophagidae)

Flesh Fly on thistle

Seed heads


Bee on wildflower

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Moel Famau

A good walk around Moel Famau and Foel Fenli. The weather was very humid, extremely hazy so the views weren't too great but the heather is looking very colourful at this time of year. Starting from Loggerheads this time; trading a few quid in parking for a more interesting (and less steep!) start and end to the walk. Rained for the last mile or so, but we came prepared.

Moel Famau elevation

Moel Famau route

The path through the woods by the river Alyn

Gill evaporating on the ascent to Moel Famau

Two horses loitering by the path

Heather by the track

The world disappearing into the haze

The world's most depressed sheep

Heather and hazy woods


Heather in Bilberry bushes

Heather, bilberry and grasses; a mixed palette on the hillside

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Delamere Forest

Wandering around the maze of Delamere Forest (and its lack of benches) again. Meandered more north this time. Very bright, despite the forecast, with many insects on the wildflowers.

We were regularly disturbed by a convoy of noisy Segways. Whatever next?!

Delamere elevation

Delamere route

39.7miles to Yorkshire. How far is far enough?

Wispy clouds over Delamere Forest

Gill squinting into very bright sun

Fly on thistle

Scorpion Fly

Scorpion Fly


Gatekeeper butterfly

Peacock butterfly

Gatekeeper butterfly

Bumble Bee


Comma butterfly

Bumble Bee