Photo Blog Week 77 - Wed 02 September 2015My recent trips away included 9 days of camping which unhappily coincided with 9 days on which it rained, some torrential so you probably appreciate that I'd had enough of it.
Wednesday morning was fine with grasses and foliage in the Park lush and healthy (after the rain!) and occasional glimpses of blue sky through gaps in the cloud. However, on surfacing from the Timber Yard café after lunch, light rain had arrived. I optimistically set off on a route which included high open moorland and at the remotest section was treated to yet another soaking and with the long wet grass and long overdue for replacement boots my feet were swimming by the time I returned to the car.
Summer Drawing to a CloseSummer is clearly on the wane and colours are beginning to appear in the tree canopies. In the woods and meadows everything is covered in seeds and the long grasses are beginning to pale. However, as other colours fade keep a look out for the stags who are building up for the rut around October. Their antlers are now full and clear of velvet, muscles are building and the coats of the red deer are taking on the rich ruddy colour from which they are named.
Photo's frequent until beginning of rain then sparse.
route: Car Park; Drinkwater Meadow; Paddock Cottage; Rock Outcrop (over Cluse Hey)
Drinkwater MeadowI was asked to check the meadow for any remaining sheep so spent a while zig-zagging across the meadow
route: Drinkwater Meadow; Paddock Cottage; Pursefield
route: Rock Outcrop (over Cluse Hey)Pursefield; Westpark Drive; The Knott
Woodford Aerodrome (AVRO)The historic airfield where many classic aircraft were manufactured, including the extraordinary Vulcan, is no more.
route: The Knott; Four Winds; Mill Pond; Timber Yard
route: Timber Yard; Drinkwater Meadow; Pursefield (ridge); Deer Clough; Cluse Hey
route: Cluse Hey; Western Moor; Park Moor; Bowstonegate Farm; Knightslow Wood; Drinkwater Meadow; Car Park
The toxicity is highly damaging to the liver and causes death.
When being cleared, skin must be covered to avoid contact as the poison can enter through the skin.
Oddly, the best info' sheet I located is from Oregon state, USA at smallfarms.oregonstate.edu
The RHS have more information regarding Ragwort control etc. www.rhs.org.uk
Total: 9 miles (14.63 km) 5 hr 30 min
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