Sunday, July 19, 2009

Blackfordby spire

  • Walked: 19 July 2009
  • Distance: 7.2 miles
  • Terrain: Some inclines and stiles
  • Summary: Starting at Shellbrook, Ashby de la Zouch, walk to Blackfordby, continue out to Woodville, then back in a loop to Blackfordby and back to Shellbrook.
  • Time: 2.5 hrs
I usually start this walk from home, and approach Blackfordby church from a slightly different direction, but today I decided to start at Shellbrook (just outside Ashby) which is a convenient place to start, and goes through Prestop Wood, a very pleasant part of The National Forest. I've watched these trees (on the left in this picture) grow from about a metre high and they're now adolescents, I guess, way above head height.

It was a murky day today, giving the black spire an atmospheric background.

Strawberries? Raspberries? No, much bigger. This is the second time in a week that I've seen robin's pincushions. A friend pointed one out earlier in the week, and I don't remember noticing them since I was a child. A parasite attacks a dog-rose, which reacts by growing this fluffy red nest:


dive said...

Wow, those trees are really shooting up fast, Pea.
Here's a thought: were you - enthusiastic wild food gourmand that you are - tempted to try one of those robins' pincushions? Hee hee.

peahen said...

Not particularly - I'm told there's a waspy thing inside each one!!

dive said...