Every walk has its own character or one might say each walk generates its own ambience. Today we drove from Arnside in warm sunshine and blue skies. Arriving at Tebay broody clouds prevailed and when we stepped out of the car there was a wicked cold wind blowing from the east. Even though the sun eventually won the battle with the clouds that chilling wind persisted, half behind us on the outward journey and full in the face on the return. We both agreed that the characteristic of this walk was "unfriendly." I had come ill-prepared with just a base layer, shirt and a lightweight shell jacket and no gloves. Pete has trouble with cold wind making his eyes water. Although it was not wholly unpleasant with views accross to Orton Scar and the Howgills we were glad to get back into the car and re-group at Café Ambio.
|If you look at the map below this the end of the Tarmac. That track could continue as an interesting walk but not today.|
|This looked a bit unfamiliar. I only do tractor photos for Alan if I, as a non expert, think they are unusual|
|I bet they don't know the whereabouts of this little baby|
|Tebay always looks a bit neglected as does this, their monument, to what there was no clue. Notice the trouble taken with the trough to carve its end circular to fit the plinth|
|Zoom to Orton Scar|
|A there and back route starting art Gaisgill and taking in the little spur road as far as Tarmac end|
|An arty one. It just took my fancy. I considered Photoshopping the sky window out, but what the heck...|
I had a rant about the mini concrete damming of a spring by the National Trust in my recent post: "National (dis)Trust":
and I emailed them. Here is their reply which to some extent vindicates their action. I don't have a degree in conservation or land management so I'm not really qualified to comment further with authority, except to say that all this "meddling" with nature does irritate me - it seems to me that if you improve habitat for a certain species you are likely destroying habitat for others.