Another sunny Thursday. Circumstances have conspired against my walking commute home from Carnforth, but this week I was able to reinstate the habit – hopefully for the first time of many. I had to be home in order to go out again, so I took the most direct route: through Carnforth, Millhead and Warton, over the Crag and down to Cragfoot, across Quaker’s Stang, Fleagarth Wood, Hollin’s Lane, Clarke’s Lot, Pointer Wood, Silverdale Green and home. The route across the fields between Millhead and Warton is once again flooded (see above) after heavy rain earlier in the week.
On Warton Crag most of the blackthorn is liberally covered in small tight red buds, but I found some open blossoms.
View North from near the top of the Crag – over Arnside Knott to the distant Lakeland hills.
Is the beacon pole leaning a little more on each visit?
Wood Sorrel leaves – very tasty in a citrusy sort of way.
What’s this – a gear test for some sort of minimalist bivvy/tent? (With over ambitious firewood pile?)
…it seems not.
The ‘little tent’ was fenced off and on one of the fence poles a small plastic dogbowl held….
The uppermost fly was still frantically swimming around in circles. Presumably this was an expected consequence of leaving the bowl out and is part of the survey? I wonder whether there is something in the liquid in the bowl to attract so many insects?
Wild cherry flowers.
By contrast with higher on the more exposed south face of the Crag, down at Cragfoot all of the blackthorn was flowering.
The bridge where the railway crosses Quicksand Pool.
Which has several small stalactites and one larger calcium carbonate feature.