|Looking back over the meadow and the River Swale|
So...... A brilliant day then.
Actually, it was. I really enjoyed my meander. And this is how it went.......
Leaving Richmond and heading west along the Coast to Coast route following the farm track past Whitcliffe Farm and High Leases, there are loads of flowers in the hedgerows. Brightest of all is the Meadow Cranesbill. It's parent to many garden varieties of hardy geranium.
I love how prolific it is, and how you can see it in all the hedges and roadsides across the north. Such a gorgeous colour.
Once past High Leases you're into Whitecliffe Wood. Full of birds and squirrels and buzzing, busy flying insects. I have to admit I'm not a great fan of things that buzz close to your ear and around your head. I was pleased to see this though, since I've never seen one before.
|Speckled Wood Butterfly - so called cos it's speckly, and likes the woods.|
Out of Whitecliffe Wood and on towards East Applegarth you are surrounded by rough meadows on the banks under Whitcliff Scar. And the flowers were amazing, with many that I haven't seen before. Not least the Common Rock Rose. I would have posted a picture, 'cept my camera doesn't handle yellow very well. In fact, the white balance on it is really poor. I've learnt to compensate when I get the pictures on the computer.... But I can't fix the yellow!
I did manage to get a picture of this St John's Wort though. Actually, it's a Hairy St John's Wort. Who would have guessed there were so many types of St John's Wort?
Apparently people used to hang pieces of the plant over religous icons to ward of evil on St John's day. See, another thing I've learnt.
|Looking up to Williance's Leap from Low Applegarth. You can read the story here Williance's Leap|
It's big, and colourful and spiky and has this curious spider web effect on the flower.
I really like this plant, but apparently it's an invasive species in other countries, even declared a "noxious weed" in some US states.
Funny enough, despite the thistle being the national flower of Scotland, this one doesn't grow there.
|White Musk Thistle. I think they're quite lovely. I don't want to pick them though!|
A little further along a cairn marks the path leading off the track and heading towards Marske. I nearly missed the path tho' because someone was camping alongside the cairn. It turned out to be an American from Tennessee called Israel.
|Looking towards Marske from path under Applegarth Scar.|
|Dyer's Greenweed. Dyer's used the plant to get yellow, which they mixed with Woad to get green. Methinks that might be why it's called Dyer's Greenweed.|
|Red Scar cliff below Downholme Moor.|
|Exactly what it sez on the map. A disused quarry.|
|Dog Rose. I love how these smell.|
Common Spotted Orchid.
Presumably because it's commonly spotted
|The River Swale at Hudswell Bank. Lovely.|