Sunday, 11th May 2008

             

            

 

Walk: Leighton Moss, The Row, Eaves Wood, Middlebarrow Quarry, Waterslack, Hawes Water, RSPB Visitor Centre
Start Point: RSPB car park Grid Reference: SD 476 750
Distance: 5.5 miles Ascent: 800 feet
Time: 4.5 hours    
Weather: Hot and sunny with threatening thunder later in the day.
Comments: From the RSPB car park we passed Silverdale Railway Station before turning left to reach 'The Row'. After wandering through woodland and around ponds we entered Eaves Wood via the car park. We continued on to Middlebarrow Quarry which is now being reclaimed. Young trees, such as oak, have been planted on the levelled floor and even water snails were seen to accompany the lone duck in a pool of water. There was also evidence of ravens, crows and a Peregrine Falcon. After lunch at Hawes Water we visited another disused quarry, 'The Trough' where we watched rock climbers enjoying the 'pleasure' of the quarry walls. While resting in the shade our leader enlightened us on the principles of rock climbing. This was in addition to the nature talk on the walk when Ann pointed out a number of plants such as Twayblade and Bird's-eye Primrose - some rare and some not so rare. A most enjoyable amble was rounded off by a nice pot of tea at the RSPB Visitor Centre.

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Party passing one of the many ponds

 

Our leader, Ann, searches for interesting plants

 

A moth

 

 

Elevenses at Middlebarrow quarry where Ann gives us extra information

 

The floor of the quarry which has been levelled to enable naturalisation

 

A water snail

 

Wild garlic

 

Escaping the smell of wild garlic

 

On the 'boardwalk, at Hawes Water

 

At a snail pace

 

Twayblade

 

The hard way out of the quarry!

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