A wonderful walk

Last weekend, like presumably the entire UK population, I took full advantage of the good weather.

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The ruins of Bolton Abbey
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View from the top of Beamsley Beacon (Photo credit: Tom Wood)

I had some friends visiting so we decided to get the train to Ilkley and go for a walk. Our route took us along the river Wharfe to Bolton Abbey and up onto the moors before heading back down through bluebell filled woods to Ilkley.

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Beautiful bluebell and lesser stitchwort woodland flora

It was a brilliant walk in terms of wildlife, with birds, butterflies and bumblebees everywhere we looked!

Most exciting for me was my first redstart and the first dipper I’ve seen in a long time. Once we got up to the moors and upland fields there were curlew and lapwing galore flying over our heads and filling the air with their distinctive calls.

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Oystercatcher (Photo credit: Tom Wood)
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Lapwing (Photo credit: Tom Wood)
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Curlew (Photo credit: Tom Wood)

Butterfly-wise I saw plenty of orange-tips, a couple of small white and large white, small tortoiseshell, peacock, a couple of lovely fresh looking red admirals and brimstone. I also spotted several common heath moths, very well camouflaged against the heather and sandy earth.

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Lovely fresh red admiral (Photo credit: Tom Wood)
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Common heath moth

The day ended with a fish and chips and a couple of pints in Ilkely. A lovely end to a fantastic day!

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