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

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Moel Arthur

A walk over Moel Arthur but with a twist, coming back on the eastern side off the beaten-track via Bryn-ffynnon. Still a mud bath everywhere. We're beginning to wonder if the North West is just going to dissolve.

Moel Arthur elevation

Moel Arthur route
We were going to head down to the road heading past Moel Evan but found the route completely blocked by scores of fallen trees all over the paths and tracks.

Brown bracken on the eastern slopes of Penycloddiau

Sheep on the move

Long shadows on the way Aifft

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Moore Reserve

A chilly visit to Moore Reserve.

Moore reserve route
Spent hours in the first hide by Lapwing Lake waiting for Kingfishers to land nearby. A few brief glimpses and a couple of OK shots but I'm still kicking myself for missing the one that landed on the perfect rush head right by the hide, just after I said "It would be perfect if one landed on that rush but that'll never happen" or words to that effect. Maybe next time!

Kingfisher

Kingfisher

Little Grebe

Great-crested Grebe

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Abbey Village

A good traipse around Darwen Moor.

Abbey Village elevation

Abbey Village route

Footpaths around Sunnyhurst Wood still under repairs from the landslides last year. We're beginning to wonder if they'll ever be finished.

Autumn leaves in Roddlesworth woods

Sheep Grazing with Darwen Tower in the distance

Rays of sunlight over Darwen Moor

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Llangollen

Llangollen on a Wednesday, certainly a lot quieter than the weekend but a blowing a gale up on the hills.

Llangollen elevation

Llangollen route

Quite grey and cloudy so not many photos.

Moss and Lichen on cracked Birch bark

Llantysilio Mountains from Velvet Hill

Brown Bracken on Velvet Hill

Distracted Gill on Velvet Hill

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Hollingworth Lake

Hollingsworth Lake on a Wednesday. Would the motorways be clear this time?

Hollingworth Lake elevation

Hollingworth Lake route
No major delays, quite muddy after a lot of rain but very quiet on a weekday and the weather stayed fine.

M62 between J21 and J22

The Bridge

Lurking (look at that hat!)

Trig point on Blackstone Edge

Dozens of Canada Geese on field near reservoir

Cloudy skies over Piethorne Reservoir

Dodgy geezer on Blackstone Edge

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Moel Famau

The forecast was a few passing showers. The reality was almost constant rain. We made the most of it but set off home by lunchtime. Nothing but murk. Of course, it dried up and went sunny in the afternoon. Grumble.
Moel Famau elevation

Moel Famau route
We did try a slightly different route, which had some views which might be nice in the summer.

Good job there's a signpost or we wouldn't know where we were

Wall to wall grey cloud

Top of Moel Famau dripping wet

We can't see the next hill from here. In fact we can't see anything from here!

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Bulkeley Hill

Checking the Damson situation near Burwardsley but mostly picking blackberries all the way round. We came prepared with bag and tubs and ended up with 3kg (6.6lbs for the old folks) in the freezer. Stocked up for a winter of apple and blackberry crumbles.

Bulkeley Hill elevation

Bulkeley Hill route

Not much photography-wise, too busy snaffling...

Misty morning over Cheshire

Viewpoint at Raw Head

Washed Blackberries

Tray of Blackberries