Away back in September we had a lovely week’s holiday in Richmond, North Yorkshire. We had a couple of days in the town itself to explore the castle and historic streets and also just to relax and read in the cottage. The rest of the week was spent walking of course!
Our first walk started at Jervaulx Abbey, we didn’t spend long here, just a quick wander and few photos
From here we briefly went along the A6108 and then down a farm track to a footpath along the south bank of the River Ure, we headed west. Just before Cover Bridge, the River Cover joins the Ure and the walked switched to the bank of the Cover. We’d had lunch on bench under the trees watching the river race by but still popped into the Cover Bridge Hotel for a drink and to use the loos!
The walk is easy to follow as it goes along the river, however we did go slightly wrong attempting to head away from the river, north to Middleham Low Moor, after completely losing the path we eventually found our way along the edges of a few fields and onto a road at the the edge of the gallops on the moor. We headed uphill for views of the Dale and of Middleham Castle. Sadly we were far too late in the day to see any racehorses on the gallops.
Then it was downhill into Middleham with time for a cup of tea before our bus back to Richmond.
Whilst we enjoyed this walk, we were annoyed at the signage giving out at a crucial point, we were supposed to be following the Three Dales Way but it didn’t seem to be that heavily used. As always we had an Ordnance Survey map but the paths shown on it didn’t quite correspond to the paths on the ground, we were never lost, going in the right direction just not on the path! We also felt the section along the river while very pleasant could have been anywhere, it wasn’t until we got up onto the gallops that we could see typical Dales scenery. Next time we’re in the area we will make sure to have time to visit the castle too, it looks very interesting.
What to with an unexpetedly blank Monday? Well go for a walk of course! The weather forecast was for a cloudy day so we decided to stay low and choose the River Tweed Walk, route 4 from the Paths Around Peebles leaflet we picked up in the Peebles tourist information last year. The walk starts in Hay Lodge Park in Peebles and heads west along the North bank of the river on a mixture of paths and an old railway. It’s all nice easy walking and quite flat. There are some nice views of the river and of Neidpath Castle.
The walk continues on the north bank until Lyne Station where you cross the river on a footbridge and return on the south bank. This leg starts through the grounds of Barns Tower and Barns House
The next landmark is Manor Bridge and the Old Manor Brig, the walk crosses both of these and then heads uphill to a viewpoint over the valley
From here it’s through the woods back to Peebles
A lovely 7 mile walk and we enjoyed seeing the first signs of autumn
We’ve been busy about the house and garden all weekend and late this afternoon felt the need to get out for a few minutes, luckily we live near a park that’s also a local nature reserve.
We’d only been walking for 5 minures when a really heavy rain shower came on so we took shelter under a tree for a while
It’s all looking very lush and green on the paths connecting the various sections of the park
Love the sound of the burn (and the sun came out)
Although Mr Lmrlib had seen a kestrel over the park earlier today all we saw on this walk was a squirrel and a warbler on a telephone wire.
After two lovely days exploring Cambridge we decided that we needed to escape the crowds and explore the wider area. On the advice of a local we decided to walk along the River Cam to Grantchester (thanks Celine, it was lovely).
We had spent the morning at the Polar Museum so our walk started at The Fen Causeway and then down to Sheep’s Green and Lammas Land where we joined the path along the Cam. First through woods, them some houses and onto Grantchester Meadows
Despite families picknicking and students cycling past we did spot some wildlife
On reaching Grantchester we headed for the Orchard Tea Garden for tea and cake under the trees, delicious.
Mr Lmrlib had spotted something intriguing on the Ordnance Survey map, a travelling telescope, so of course we had to continue our walk to find out what it is. I’m not really any the wiser except it’s something to do with the university and involves big dishes!
I did enjoy walking through the fields though, lots of wildflowers and butterflies
On our return journey it was good to see others out enjoying the river
Another lovely sunny holiday day. Today we took Mr Lmrlib’s mum out to the supermarket and instead of taking the bus both ways Mr Lmrlib did a heroic job of pushing the wheelchair on the rough paths around Leybourne Lakes
Sadly the birds were all hiding from us but I did see a nice bee
And I think I deserve extra 30 Days Wild points for this huge insect bite!
First of all the missing day 10 – well it included 1 bus, 3 trains and 2 taxis! And you’ve guessed, a day with that much travelling has no time for wildlife.
Day 11 has been spent visiting Mr Lmrlib’s mum and taking her out for lunch and look what we spotted on our way there this morning. A ginormous beetle crossing the pavement (£1 coin for scale), sadly I think it might nave been a bit squashed.
This evening we had time for a half hour stroll through the woods behind our hotel while it was still bright and sunny
And we found a surprise lake
We stood here for a while watching a swan family in the distance and lots of water boatmen on the lake surface.
What happened to Day 6? Well 83mm of rain in 36 hours (eg the heavy rain didn’t stop all day) and a long day at work meant Day 6 was a write off for random acts of wildness.
On Day 7 the sun was out by the time I left for work so I got off the bus early and set off across The Meadows.
I stopped to look and see what’s flowering in the wild part of the park, lots of buttercups today
The sunshine through the trees made a lovely dappled effect on the path
Look at the reflections on these puddles
I love walking through this tunnel of trees
This lochan wasn’t here yesterday