|Looking back along the the path from Wensley Bridge to Scaw Bottom|
Also known as wild chervil, wild beaked parsley, keck, or my favourite, Queen Anne's lace.
The walk is about 9 miles and dead simple. You start at the bridge at Wensley - walk up the South side of the river, cross at the stepping stones, and after a bit of a meander into Redmire, you come back past Bolton Hall and back into Wensley. And it's flat! Another reason to really like it.
<< Crosswort, also known as smooth bedstraw.
It's amazing how lovely they really are when you look at them properly, even the boring every day ones, so I make no apologies for the MASSES of flower pictures.
OK. I confess, some flowers are particular favourites, such as these
<< Water avens, also known as nodding avens, drooping avens, maiden hair, indian chocolate and many more. I love that last chocolate reference
<< Wood cranesbill
"It is the city flower of Sheffield in the United Kingdom.
The flowers yield a blue-gray dye that was used in ancient Europe to dye war cloaks, believing it would protect them in battle. For this reason it was called Odin's Grace."
"In Britain it was believed that bringing hawthorn blossom into the house would be followed by illness and death, and in Medieval times it was said that hawthorn blossom smelled like the Great Plague. Botanists later learned that the chemical trimethylamine in hawthorn blossom is also one of the first chemicals formed in decaying animal tissue, so it is not surprising that hawthorn flowers are associated with death." (From The Woodland Trust.)
My little compact camera did pretty well to get these pictures I reckon. I just point and press, and Hey Presto!
<<This is charlock, or field mustard, or wild mustard. Farmers hate it when it gets amongst their crops.
|Stepping Stones at the river crossing between Stony Stoop Lane and Slapestone Wath|
<< Common vetch. And the wonderful Orange-tip butterfly flew into shot just as I took the picture. Awesome!
|We even got to see a deer in the grounds of Bolton Hall.|
|Bolton Hall, one of the last features on a walk. Not far now until Wensley.|