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.

5 of my best photos from November 2020

With the second lockdown having begun in England on 5 November there is no opportunity for trips to different places. So I have picked out 5 recent photos to share here. I hope they demonstrate the diversity* of places within walking distance of home. (* links to a summery post)

The pond dried up completely in the summer, but has been filled by recent storms.

The lonning was refurbished earlier this year and the plant-life alongside it is growing well, filling any patches of bare earth.

I can remember when the ‘bite out of the cliff’ was a circular hole. It changes every year.

Remembrance Sunday was a dull day with rain later.

Fleswick Bay revisited

On the first bright autumnal day in September we packed a picnic lunch and walked to Fleswick Bay. (Please click the link to see an earlier post.) The path up St Bees Head and onward towards Whitehaven was fairly busy with holiday-makers and a few local people. It was a calm day with the tide going out.

I have selected a few of the snaps I took. The slideshow begins with the Cumbrian mountains in the distance. The best opening remark (from a stranger we met) must surely be, ‘Have you saved some of the beauty for us?’

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We had not equipped ourselves for litter-picking and had to leave the few plastic bottles we noticed. We could not resist removing a balloon, which was still inflated and bore the words ‘Grandpa Ned’. Balloons are a particular risk to wildlife and farm animals. It is a pity that releasing them is a popular way of celebrating or commemorating loved ones. Planting a tree or sponsoring a nature project is longer-lasting and beneficial.

The coastline (known as the Colourful coast) is managed by the National Trust and Cumbria County Council. There is also a nature reserve for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds  (RSPB).