Brown Heather…….

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Stanton Moor, Derbyshire

Last day of January, cold but sunny and a hazy blue sky….a bonus day after the winter weather of the week just gone. So a breath of real fresh air was called for and those expansive views from Stanton Moor beckoned.

The snow, frosts, wind and rains have done there job and flattened the Bracken, whilst  the Heather that cloaks most of the moor looks a rather sorry brown…but in amongst the Heather Blueberry shoots are starting to green.

Stanton Moor is very familiar to us.  Its near, its high (compared to surrounds) and it is perhaps unusual for a moor and has some trees.  Small plantations of Silver Birch are dotted about giving this moor its rather special character….. the moor edges are clocked with mysterious gnarled Oak.   Add to that a megalithic Stone Circle “The Nine Ladies”, a striking memorial tower to Earl Grey, numerous earth works and old quarries and of course the Cork Stone ready to be climbed by the foolhardy……all add interest to a walk that changes not just with the seasons but every week – as the weather changes.

 So its goodbye January 2018…..lets see what February has in store for us.

31st January

(C) David Oakes 2018

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Wordless Wednesday….Another Favourite Place

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Location:- Winter, Wordsworth’s Boat House, Rydal Water, Cumbria

31st January

(C) David Oakes 2018