Spring Walk

There’s something about the fresh greenery at the moment which is so intoxicating you can almost forget entirely what is happening. A spring landscape that cries out to be walked into.

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We are very fortunate. We can walk just a few yards and be on paths that take us into the heart of the countryside without breaking the restrictions. I’m mindful that lots of people are not in such a position.VLUU L110, M110  / Samsung L110, M110

Happily, there are no misleading signs on public rights of way in our neighbourhood. And the farmers we met on our travels greeted us – from a safe distance – with waves and smiles. VLUU L110, M110  / Samsung L110, M110

I said I would tear down any misleading notices purporting that rights of ways are closed. Happily, I haven’t had to. The farmers round here don’t care where you walk, right of way or not. They live and let live.VLUU L110, M110  / Samsung L110, M110

Blossom everywhere, friendly cows, new lambs and the fresh greenery. The haunting cries of curlews. Even young fish in the waters of the local beck.VLUU L110, M110  / Samsung L110, M110

We set out for an early ramble of six miles in this glorious sunshine. Grand views of the Pennines in one direction, the Lakeland Fells in the other, with the saddleback of Blencathra in the far distance.VLUU L110, M110  / Samsung L110, M110VLUU L110, M110  / Samsung L110, M110

A couple of hours and back for a cup of tea.

Pictures (c) J. Bainbridge

Published by John Bainbridge

Rambler, hillwalker, stravaiger and trespasser, access campaigner. Novelist writing historical and period crime fiction.

9 thoughts on “Spring Walk

  1. One thing I’ve really noticed this year – the blossom has been superb – especially on really large trees. I don’t remember noticing large trees with blossom on before.

    I’ve found a few dead shrews though – 2 yesterday. Not sure what’s happening with them – they looked completely uninjured…

    And I feel really sorry for folk who can’t get into the outdoors just now – almost makes you feel guilty getting out doesn’t it?

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  2. Like you, I feel very lucky to be on the edge of a city. Millions don’t have what we have. This looks a fine walk, love the photos of the trees. I did a similar walk today, through woodland, lots of bluebells/wild garlic. Just lucky to get out into these areas were you see very few people

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      1. Thanks, John. I’m doing well. I’m fortunate that my husband’s caregiver stayed on after his death several years ago and is a big help to me. She does the shopping and runs any other necessary errands for me. I use a walker and there are 43 steps up to my flat and no lift. A doctor told me not to use the stairs. I was going to have knee replacement surgery, then the Coronavirus came along. My children are in the U.S. It’s lovely you get out and walk as you do. Stay well. 🙂 — Suzanne

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