Inspired by Autumn Watch?

November 1, 2011

Autumn and Spring are the best times of the year for seeing wildlife (or the less wild version) so I have included my favourite (non mountain view) shots in a short slide show below. I am no wildlife photographer but I have been fortunate enough to spend a great deal of time outdoors and even I have been able to capture some fascinating little snippets of coutrylife – so enjoy them

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Walking in Autumn though does have its drawbacks, mainly lack of daylight and increasingly muddy and unpleasant underfoot terrain. Avoiding the muddy tracks  is the key to good walking at this time of the year. Often riverside locations are particularly squalid and slippery, particularly those in wooded areas. I do thoroughly recommend walking over limestone rock because the drainage is so good and the walking excellent. I was on Thisleton Scars near Ingleton last week with dry feet adding to what was an excellent walk anyway. Strangely walking in the Lakes where the tracks are more eroded than the Dales (but often well repaired) keeps the feet dry. Also take a torch for ease of mind – although you will almost certainly not need one – twilight can be a concern (particularly on a dark day) and having a torch does stop the need for any unnecessary stressing.

Below are some walks that are excellent for the shorter autumn days.

Lake District

Walking through Little Langdale: A short walk on excellent tracks and outstanding views

Sprinkling Tarn & Styhead: Grand scenery surrounds this dramatic walk

Whinlatter, near Kendal: A long flat ridge of limestone makes for an easy walk

Yorkshire Dales

Limestone scenery near Grassington: Good, clean walking in limestone country

The Lanes of Long Preston. Easy going high above Settle with good views

Circuit of Stocks Reservoir.  Something different in the Forest of Bowland


On a sad note we had to put Bracken to sleep. It is a horrific business, however painless it is, but I had always said that I would know when the right time to do it would be and that arrived last weekend. Bracken though had a great life; a wonderful companion for myself and Helen and will be sorely missed. I counted her over 120 Munros, a total which would have been higher but for my own completion and subsequent move to the Tops! Often I walked alone with her and probably my abiding memory will be a 2 day Cairngorm crossing a few years back in a summer heatwave – after a 12 hour day we slept rough in the flat col between the Devils Point and Angel’s Peak at over 3,000 feet. It was a perfect evening and we wondered up to the Point and just sat there for hours before darkness eventually came.  She was a wonderful dog. RIP.


Previous Posts:

Extending the National Parks. Views and news on the decision to extend the national parks of the Lakes & Dales

Using a map to navigate. Why using a map and compass adds so much to a good walk.

Walks for the family. How to educate your children to enjoy the great outdoors.

Away from the Crowds. Some tips and suggestions on where to still find peace and solitude when many walks are crowded out.

My favourite villages in the Dales. The villages in the Yorkshire Dales which are extra special.

Delighting in photos. Why it is so easy to enjoy photography these days.

More than just a walking heaven. Different reasons why people take to the fells and dales.

Watch out for the little blighters. Sheep ticks continue to be a growing menace.

Map Reading Skills on the decline. Impact of new technology on traditional navigation.

Hidden Yorkshire Dales. The joys of walking in my favourite lesser known dales.

1 Comment
  • Peter says:

    Very sad news. She was a great dog! Many a time she kept me company having fallen asleep on the kitchen floor of my Mam and Dads after a night on the beer.

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