My best botanical days out in 2019

The #wildflowerhour community on Twitter shared a challenge to Tweet about the best botanical day out in 2019. I am not alone in choosing more than one day. I have already blogged about days out around Crummock Water and Ennerdale. However my wildflower photos mostly appeared as Tweets rather than on this blog. This last post for 2019 includes some of the flowers I found on these two walks.

Here are lists (possibly incomplete!) of flowers I found at Crummock Water and at Ennerdale. Not all the flowers on the lists appear in the collages below.

Crummock Water: ground elder, soft rush, common hawkweed, yellow pimpernel, bramble, rose, cinquefoil, cow wheat, cat’s-ear, dyer’s greenweed, sheep sorrel, eyebright, cottongrass, ragged Robin, common spotted orchid, red clover, haresfoot clover, marsh cinquefoil, valerian, thistle, heath spotted orchid, bog asphodel, lesser spearwort, heath rush, groundsel (possibly sticky) and purple loosestrife.

Ennerdale: Milkwort, Bird’s Foot Trefoil, Slender St. John’s Wort , Cinquefoil, Welsh poppy, red clover, white clover, cat’s ear, common spotted orchids (pink ones and white ones), great willowherb, rosebay willowherb, self heal, dock and (insectivorous) sundew, heather, enchanter’s nightshade, nipplewort, marsh woundwort, betony and white stonecrop.

Thanks to Richard Bate, Moira O’Donnell, Roger Robinson, Gus Routledge, Wendy Seaton, Joshua Styles and The Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI) for help with the identification of some of these, which were new to me and others I was unsure about.

Crummock Water 1
Crummock Water 2
Ennerdale 1
Ennerdale 2
Ennerdale 3
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A walk around Ennerdale Water

When we decided to go walking in Ennerdale our original plan was a walk, a picnic, a walk back and a visit to an art exhibition at The Gather at Ennerdale Bridge.

What actually happened was a leisurely walk with lots of stops to take photos, a picnic, a decision to continue all around the lake, an accidental fall, arriving back at the car park after The Gather had closed. Oh, and a chat with a dog-walker, which resulted in a possible attendance at a social event in the autumn. This time it was my turn to fall. I tripped because I was looking sideways at the scenery and missed a hazard on the path. Fortunately I could walk the last few hundred yards to the car park. Note to self: look where you are going!

It was the first time we had walked all the way round the lake. It is the sort of walk, where it is possible to see more or less how far there still is to go and how far to go back. There were two points at which going on seemed hazardous, but going back was too far. At Angler’s Crag the path is steep with loose stones and there is a steep rocky outcrop to climb down (or up if going the opposite way, although if we do this again, we’ll find a higher route). At the weir engineering work was in progress. It occurred to us that if the heavy machinery broke the bridge, we would have a long way to go back! Of course the work had been well-planned and the bridge was still there for us to cross.

A walk from Ashness Bridge

Unaware that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were visiting the Lake District that day, hubby and I parked in a car park near Ashness Bridge and went for a walk to Watendlath Tarn and back.

The #wildflowerhour challenge for the week was #tinyplants and there were plenty. I also spotted some plants I had not seen before.

It was less than three months since our last visit to Ashness Bridge, which is allegedly the most photographed location in the Lake District. It is difficult to take a photo without other people or traffic.

We took photos at Surprise View and then walked along footpaths to Watendlath, where we ate our picnic lunch. As the weather looked threatening we decided to save time by walking back along the road (single-track with passing places). The temperature was well below the average for the time of year.

 

A feature of the valley was a large number of pollard ash trees.

In the evening we learned about the royal visit, which accounted for the police activity we had noticed in the morning.