Saturday, 29 March 2014

Fountains Abbey..Deer's and Dipper's

A walk past the church and through the Deer park...

St Mary's church
We parked at the visitors centre for Fountains Abbey, then walk out of the car park and follow the sings for the church and deer park along a bridle path, when you see the church you are there.

The first thing you will notice is the size of the trees, there are many ancient trees here, sadly allot damaged and limbs missing.

With a little research this tree is Sweet chestnut's big..

There are allot of  Lime trees like this, all matted up with twigs growing around the trunk.

There is Red,Fallow and Sika deer at the park, the weather was very hazy.

Al the tree's were huge ad full of character.

At the lake there was Swans,Cannda geese,mallard coots and Black-headed Gulls.

We took the path that followed the Valley of the Seven Bridges.
As the rest of the family climbed up the hill to look at the little building on the hill, I wandered over to the river were I saw two Dippers feeding in the water.

Can you just make out the Dipper under the water.

It was great to watch them swimming under the water to feed, it was a little dark here and I could not get to close..

There was Pheasants all over grounds.

We walked back to the cafe on the edge of the lake for a well deserved Cappuccino, then back to the visitors centre to get a fridge magnet.....

We try and get one were ever we go...

Sunday, 23 March 2014


On Saturday we decided to walk up Pen-y-gent, I wanted to find a flower called Purple Saxifrage that grows there on Limestone.

When I started looking for Wild Flowers last year in April, one of the first people I started following was..

(Take a look as you can see he had better weather than me the week before)

He as done a few posts on this flower, and I have been waiting all year to go and have a look for my self . I came from Langcliffe so you could  seen Pen-y-gent from our house, and I have climbed it a few times in the past.

We set of from Horton in Ribblesdale , and as you can see they had ad a bit of snow the night before.

We walked up past Brackenbottom Farm.

As you can see the sun was shinning.

This is looking back over to Horton

At this point I said
 " The weather is just perfect "
....Famous last words.

The sky went black and we had a snow storm, this one did pass.

It was a had walk !!!  before we climbed the hard shaley bit, the weather had cleared enough to see  for miles.

To get close to the flowers was far to dangerous because of the snow and wind.

This is as near as I could get to them, which was OK
 for today as the conditions were so bad.

The weather was getting worse.
But we made it to the top...

We won the award for the "not dressed for the weather" award...
things got even worse,

 We decided it was not safe to go back the way we came, down the rocks. There was a sign saying to Horton but you could not see anything as it was snowing  so hard. Just then a jogger came up from the bottom, we quickly followed his foot prints back down the hill till we found the path...Horton Scar
It snowed hard for the next four miles.... 

......What a great day......

Monday, 17 March 2014

Weekend at Robin hood bay

 Spent a lovely few days at Robin hood bay, visiting Whitby, Sandsend and Runswick bay.

Victoria Hotel.

Herring Gull




Herring Gull




Common Limpet (Patella vulgate )

Ulva Species (Green Species )


Corallina species (Red Seaweed )

Sea anemone

Sea anemone

Common Limpet (Patella vulgate

Bladder wrack,( Fucus vesiculosus)

Green Seaweed on harbour wall.



Runswick bay