#30DaysWild Day 16 – Grantchester

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


#30DaysWild Day 7 – After the Rain

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

Whitby and the North York Moors – part 2

Walk 2 – Levisham and the Hole of Horcum
We don’t have a car so plan our walks around public transport, in this case we chose to use the North York Moors Railway to get to the start of our walk, combining a fun trip on a steam train with our walk.

We took the steam train from Whitby to Levisham

From Levisham station it was a short, steep climb up onto the moor and then a nice easy walk across the moorland, there were lots of birds to spot (wheatear,  skylark,  windchat and curlew) and passed an Iron Age dyke

The moorland part of the walk took us to the rim of the Hole of Horcum. There are good views from here over to Fylingdale and into the Hole.

The next stage of the walk is down into the Hole of Horcum and through the valley

we then climbed back up onto the moor and eventually rejoined the path down to Levisham station where we watched a train going in the other direction as we waited for our own steam train back to Whitby

Walk 3 – Roseberry Topping
For this walk we took the Northern Rail train service to Kildale. From the station we walked through the hamlet and then uphill through a farm where we met a very friendly sheep and her lamb

we then got onto the Cleveland Way, going uphill through woodland to the Captain Cook monument

After a lunch stop at the monument we headed down the other side of the hill still keeping on the Cleveland Way, this took us right down to the car park and then back up onto the moor. An easy walk across the moor took us to the descent towards Roseberry Topping

Thankfully it’s a fairly short climb back up the other side to get to the top. It was a bit hazy so so my photos from the top were’t great, you’ll need to take my word that the views are good.

We took a different route down, heading towards Great Ayton for the train back to Whitby.


And this is where the day very nearly ended badly! We diverted slightly from our planned route and ended up in the most beautiful bluebell filled wood, the scent was glorious and we dawdled too long taking photos

The detour and the dawdling meant that we were very late for our train and must have made an amusing sight running through the village in full hiking gear, walking poles, cameras and all. Thank goodness for the young men who pulled over and gave us a lift, we made the last train back to Whitby by 2 minutes.

A great last day (with timekeeping and map reading lessons for me for our next walk!)

Whitby and the North York Moors – part 1

A couple of weeks ago we rented a tiny cottage in the centre of Whitby for a spring holiday, neither of us had been there before so there was lots to explore and discover.

Sadly the weather for the first couple of days was unseasonably cold for May but we wrapped up in our thermals and winter woolies and explored the town.

Watching the wild sea kept us amused for ages!

Thankfully the weather improved for the remainder of the week so we were able to get out and about into the surrounding countryside.

Walk 1 – Whitby to Robin Hood’s Bay along the cliffs
This is an interesting walk along the cliff path, we were fascinated by how visible the coastal erosion is –

The sun came out as we walked so we were glad to reach Robin Hood’s Bay for a cooling drink before exploring the village
We caught a bus back to Whitby so we’d get back in time for dinner, Whitby restaurants seem to close abnormally early!

And Whitby looked rather lovely as the sun set


Due to a heavy cold which has dragged on and on (10 days so far) I haven’t been able to do very much towards 30 Days Wild, for today I am sharing a few photos.

I recently fell heir to a “proper” camera with a decent zoom, it languished in the cupboard for a few months but with recent good weather I’ve taken it out a couple of times. I’m posting a few fairly rubbish photos here in the hope that as I improve I can show that with some much better photos.

2265A deer at Aberlady, this was about the 3rd photo I took with this camera, and yes it’s pretty rubbish!

2287A chaffinch near the East Lothian coast, a better photo but I still hadn’t found the digital zoom!

2361Shags on a rock stack off the coast near South Shields. At last I’d found the digital zoom and the nature setting on the camera.

Now I need to work on framing the photo and holding the camera still. Hopefully I might have some progress to show after our trip to the Highlands next month.