: Troutbeck Valley with Bluebells
12th May 2019
always a place for Daddy!"
what Jamie and Emma used to say when we were hunting
for somewhere to park the car on a busy day. And it
was still true. A lateish start on a beautiful
Sunday in May. How likely was it that there was
a place left near the Church Bridge at Troutbeck? Well
objective was to walk up the valley as far as The Tongue
then return on the other side of the beck.
through Limefitt Holiday Park (I nearly typed Caravan
Park but now they all have the appearance of wooden
lodges and as a consequence seem less conspicuous),
we joined the path that climbs gently up the valley.
There were at least three cuckoos calling to us. A
buzzard was circling and lots of butterflies, particularly
Red Admirals and Peacocks, flitting about.
the side of the Tongue we could see large patches of
was a bit of a surprise to find bluebells on the open
hillside like that but it has been a great year for
them. Closer examination of them near the quarry proved
them to be considerably smaller than the ones found
in the woods on GLW1905. Is it poorer soil? Or
maybe less need to compete?
on the west side of the beck we passed through many
fields of mother and baby sheep. Lambs are almost
always attractive but the Herdwick ewes were fine looking
ancient walled paths had abundant spring flowers, including
the more normal, longer stemmed bluebells and many other
species that Margaret knew what they were but I don't.
nearing the car I spotted something that I have seen
for quite some time on these great little walks. Not
one but two lines of washing worth photographing.
Margaret paint them in due course? Watch this
space. Any resultant artwork will be added to
Sunday 12th May 2019