Walking on the Fells at Ravenstonedale: Today
1. Forging ahead together! 2. For a landscape that is on such a huge scale; an almost endless open space, 3. the detail that makes up the complex low lying vegetation matrix can be almost miniature, so easy to overlook. Milkwort, Tormentil, mosses, grasses, reeds etc. 4. Lousewort, 5. Heath Bedstraw 6. In the wetter flushes, Marsh Valerian, 7. Cotton Grass 8. Cuckoo flower 9. Brooklime 10. Greater Spearwort 11. Water forget-me-not 12. While on the ungrazed lower reaches, Wood Cranesbill, 13. Ragged Robin and Buttercup. 14. Seen in the distance here, the buttercup – yellow hay meadows 15. at closer quarters are beginning to take on a bronzy – orange haze as the Sorrel grows taller so becoming more apparent. 16. Ready to turn round. 17. The highlight of the day happened too quickly to get a photo of; a beautiful male Black Grouse burst with a flurry of strong stiff wings from gorse scrub not 10 yards from us and dropped into a dip out of sight, a breathtaking moment!