Category Archives: Lower plants

On Eycott Hill

Eycott Hill isn’t one that comes immediately to mind when thinking Lake District fells, unless you are a geologist apparently.  This small volcanic outcrop is the centre on a newly opened Cumbria Wildlife Trust reserve, visited on the day it … Continue reading

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Waiting for spring

It hasn’t been a cold winter but spring is still struggling to arrive.  In the oak woods at Holystone there are a few leaves emerging on the smaller trees like willow and an odd birch.  Primroses were in bloom along … Continue reading

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Looking over Ennerdale

The rolling fells to the south-west of Ennerdale just sneak into the edge of the Lake District National Park but lack the rugged nature of much else in the area.  A long finger of forest used to stick into these … Continue reading

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High on Skye

Even the lesser mountains on Skye look huge. Perhaps it’s the fact that they rise from sea level or perhaps it’s that they are craggy or covered in scree that gives them the sense of being high and impenetrable.  Beinn … Continue reading

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Shillhope Law

Another weekend and another hill; this week’s ascent was of Shillhope Law in Upper Coquetdale.  The weather swapped between winter and spring with hail flurries and sunshine, a cool breeze but warmth in shelter.  The wildlife too tried to cling … Continue reading

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Stainton Tower

A bit of research would have indicated that the way up to this odd little tower was not the one we chose.  The structure goes by the grandiose name of Stainton Tower although locally it’s know as the pepperpot.  There … Continue reading

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Hilltop snow

Following a few cold winters this one, so far, has been mild and wet.  The north-east of England has missed the torrential rain of the south and west but even here mud and dampness are the order of things.  Occasionally … Continue reading

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