Thursday, March 13, 2008


Walked: 13 March 2008
Distance: 24 miles

I'm walking as if I've just got off a horse. A couple of weeks ago I did 27 miles over two days and so thought that I'd manage 22 with no problems. Once out there, I couldn't resist a detour to see Anchor Church Caves which boosted the distance a little, and the last couple of miles were a little bit tortuous.

First thing this morning, when I left the house, there was a hint of spring in the air. It was early, but the sun was high, Despite the chilly air, it didn't feel quite so wintry. This feeling didn't last long, The sun stayed out for half of the day, but the air was chilly. Note to self - During March, it's worth taking gloves - they're not too heavy to carry if you have to take them off.

The weather deteriorated during the day. Towards the end, the sky was decidedly heavy.

Some good nature watch photos today. Things are starting to creep out blinking into the sunlight.

This chap was quite tame and let me take lots of photos quite close.

This was quite a common and wonderful sight today - the green is hawthorn and the white is blackthorn (yes, really). The former is one of the earliest leafing shrubs, but the flowers don't come out till later (May, which is why it's sometimes called Mayflower). Blackthorn comes out in flower first before it shows its leaves.

Oops - sideways. Unless I'm mistaken, these are fairly fresh deer tracks (and the odd bootprint).

I couldn't resist recording this woodpecker doing its thang. The views here are great too - just past Anchor Church you climb up quite high and have a good view over the river.

This is the bridge over the Trent between Willington and Repton. A lovely bridge, and one of few crossing points. The impressive spire of Repton church is in the background.

These caves are known as Anchor Church - read back through this blog for more info.


Jules said...

I've been reading your blog for about a month now and find it really interesting. Your walks are in and around where we live and your blog is great for finding great walks in the area.

dive said...

Wow. A real trek, Pea!
Loved the woodpecker.
Spring is definitely coming now the hawthorn leaves are emerging. Beech is starting budburst, too, and together with the hawthorn they are the most wonderful shade of bright green.

whippetsgalore said...

24 miles, Phew, did you get wobbly legs? you must be getting so fit now, The woodpecker made me smile, you can hear them but they are so hard to see .
great nature pics too, love the robin.