I can’t believe I was climbing a few days ago in a T shirt as this morning the cold dull weather continues towards Easter. I rouse myself to do a favourite short walk from home to see what is happening in the countryside. Longridge Fell looks broodingly down on the start of my walk into a field full of seagulls, they are unusual so they must be feeding on something – possibly recent muck spreading.
A glance at the 1:25000 map shows many small ponds in these fields, they are the remains of Marl Pits dug in the 19th century to provide lime rich clay for spreading on the fields to improve the soil. They now provide an interesting habitat for wildlife and plants. One near here unfortunately is used by the duck shooting fraternity, today the mallards were paddling happily. A couple of larger ponds used to keep my children happy for hours fishing for god knows what.
I passed a few metal gates which are for access to a line of aqueducts crossing this area, the Thirlmere aqueduct to Manchester and the Hodder aqueduct to Blackpool. Generally the former has black gates whilst the latter green. A useless bit of information.
On the lanes Blackthorn was in flower before its leaves appeared, the reverse of the Hawthorn, May Blossom. The phrase “Ne’er cast a clout till May be out” was particularly pertinent today in the cold wind. Better information.
Sheep were with lambs and the cattle were being let out into the fields. I came across a particularly threatening breed of sheep.
Since I was last this way a memorial seat has been erected – “he loved this farm” a lovely sentiment.
Passing three popular hostelries …
… shunning them all I arrived home in under a couple of hours. The weather shows no sign of improving but at least I’ve had some exercise.
20 F colder in the house than last weekend
I’ve been walking in quite fine weather except for an hour’s rain today but the overwhelming feature has been a piercing cold wind. I have worn my jacket every day so far, all day, and a thin pair of gloves I brought as an afterthought. It’s good to read of you finding interest to blog about near home, ’twas all interesting and made me feel as though I was there.
It’s that cold wind we are sharing.
This is a great route when you’ve got children in tow. Lovely photos. We’ll have to give this one a try. Thanks for some new inspiration!
That other walk around Bleasdale can be done completely off road from the church. Ideal for kids.
And you must know the tracks up on Longridge Fell.