Steam train Braunton

Earlier this month a steam train was scheduled to take an excursion from Saphos trains along the Cumbria Coastal Railway. The best local place for photography is probably the station as all trains stop there if only briefly. However it can be very busy and everyone wants a good spot, so I decided to snap it on its way into the station.

As I arrived at my vantage point with a view of a fairly long stretch of the line, I disturbed a rabbit and a heron. Both creatures were far quicker than the time taken to switch on my camera and point it in the right direction!

The track slopes down to the station so that trains can coast along at a reasonable speed. No puffs of smoke as there are beyond the station when it sets off again. The diesel engine in case of need had the name Roger Hosking MA, although it is not legible on my photos.

Train in top third of picture, field in foreground, wooded hills beyond
Here it comes!
Front of Braunton
The tender of Braunton 34046
The end of the long train with Deisel loco, Roger Hosking MA

Up and down Black Combe

The weather forecast for the North West of England was for heavy rain, but we had arranged to meet a younger member of our family to climb a hill we had only ever seen in the distance.

Black Combe has appeared in many of my photos (including the one below) as a distant recognisable fell. It usually looks dark against the sky.

Black Combe in the far distance
Will it rain?
Looking North

There were ominous clouds as we set out. We decided to eat our picnic lunch early rather than risk waiting until it rained.

We reached the summit in mist or low cloud. My photos from there are not worth the storage space on my blog!

Surprisingly on the way down the weather improved. We enjoyed views including the Isle of Man and the offshore windfarm.

Blue sky to the west
On the way down
Looking back to the summit
The coastal plain and view towards Barrow-in-Furness

These photos from our walk show the changeable weather. It was very cold in the low cloud and became rather warm later in the afternoon. Fortunately we were suitably equipped for the weather.

Some views from a wildflower walk in Cumbria

On a sunny June day I went with three other women, one of whom was our guide, to look at wild flowers growing in a limestone area near Kendal. Most of the photos I took were of wild flowers, some of which I shared on Twitter for #WildflowerHour.

The views from the plateau along which we walked were stunning.

Cumbrian mountains in the distance
Woodland, farmland and distant mountains
The limestone scar with wild flowers, and trees affected by ash die-back

This post is the first since early in 2020 describing a place I have visited, which was the original purpose of this blog. Hopefully there will be more similar posts in the future.