Leighton Moss and I Forget What Else
14th January 2017
I wonder just how senile am I becoming.
our first outing of the year, must have made Roger &
Denise really start to wonder also. Margaret,
on the other hand, is well beyond wondering. Mind
you, she was not without her moments. As we reached
the end of the drive she made me go back for something
she had forgotten. I forget what it was but I used the
opportunity to double check that I hadn't left anything
behind. I hadn't. Or so I thought.
initial objective was Leighton Moss, the RSPB
When we reached the car park we began to put
on our walking gear. Iit was cold but sunny. The
ground was partly frozen but muddy where it had melted.
I discovered that hadn't brought my boots. Never
mind, I thought. I would just get wet and muddy feet.
we went to a gate to the Reserve. It was
then that I realised that there was something else I
had forgotten. Ironically, as I type this, I have
forgotten what it was that I had forgotten but I knew
that I had to go back to the car to find it.
did find it in the car and returned to the gate where
the others had waited patiently for me and on we went.
Time for a photo, I thought. Where's my
camera? I panicked. Back I went to the car, to
the exasperation of Margaret. Back at the car, I couldn't find the camera and
hoped that I had left it at home and not on the car
the others had moved on and were with
a group where a man was trying to feed a robin. Apparently
it had hopped on to Denise's hand. She kindly
offered it a piece of Kendal Mint Cake which
it gratefully acepted. The robin then
tasted it, spat it out and flew off. I
don't know which brand (mint cake, not robin)
happened before I returned.
Margaret had managed to get a photo of the
bird using her phone.
that's not quite right. The robin
wasn't using use her phone. Margaret
was. To take the photo.
I returned there was a man now trying to feed the robin
with more conventional food. I had
no need to worry too much about not having my camera
as there is a half decent one on my phone. Ah!
Yes! I remember now. That was the second
thing that I had forgotten. My phone. Now I had
it and could use it. However, the robin had other
thoughts and would not oblige so now we could get on
with the walk (and the report).
crossed over the Moss without seeing anything remarkable
in the wildlife department but it was bright and sunny.
The countryside was pleasant and there were spectacular
glimpses of the snow on the distant hills.
Leighton Hall Farm we headed north. In many places
the fields, especially the gate areas, were quagmires
of mud and cowplop. Not a great problem for those
wearing boots. However....!
saw three large boulders in a fiels. Do they have
any historical or mystical significance?
we reached Hawes Water (not the Lake District one).
There were several groups of university students
purporting to be on a field study mission but actually
they were picnicking and having fun. Good for
rounded the tarn, passing below Challon Hall (no sign
of Mike nor Charlotte) to reach Red Bridge Farm.
footpath drops down to cross the railway. Only
it doesn't. As we approached the gate, it could
be seen to be blocked off. With a myriad of documents
The others retraced their steps but
I had to investigate.
One was a "temporary" closure
notice, penalty for trespassing on railway property
How long is temporary? This
was enacted in June 2015.
The sign on the fence
showed a short, alternative way round to the path on
the other side.
Why wasn't this put at the entrance
to the field rather than have people traipse down to
have to come back again?
the time I returned from all this faffing about, the
others had once again got fed up of having to wait for
me and set off along the one route back to the Reserve Centre
that they knew for certain was open - the road. I have to
congratulate those who run the café. Excellent
soup: Carrot and Coriander, a herb renowned for its
restorative effect on the human memory. Or is
that Ginseng? I forget.
was a Great Little Walk to start the year. I shall
remember it well!
Saturday 14th January 2017
Height climbed: 370 feet
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