Date: Saturday 24th June 2017
Weather: Breezy, warm later
Leader: Graham Thomas
Party Number: 9
Distance and Time: 4 miles. 5 hours
A party of 9 people set off from Barbon Village Hall and went behind buildings and alongside Barbon Beck. At a lane went left to cross a bridge then turned right down a track at Oak Tree Farm. Here we saw a juvenile Spotted Flycatcher flitting around. The track crossed a disused railway then onto the Barbon Estate land. We followed the tarmac access into the wood then continued through the wood into the Barbondale valley. Eventually we came back to Barbon Beck where we had lunch.
Here watched a juvenile Grey Wagtail looking for food between the rocks.
After lunch we crossed a new footbridge, the former having been damage by the floods in 2015. A juvenile Wheatear was seen among the rocks.
We returned to Barbon via a lane with Bracken and the hillside on the left and the valley and hillside on the right. A lone Roe Deer was seen looking back at us high on the far hillside in trees.
We turned left after High Bank Farm and soon found an old enclosed track on the right consisting of dry stone walls and hedges. This old hollow way descended into the village. Enroute we watched a Spotted Flycatcher flitting from a wall to a barb wire fence in its characteristic flight looking for food. Finally we turned right to the village hall.
We retired to the ancient Barbon Inn and sat in the snug for a well-deserved drink. This Inn has character and lots of pictures and Antiques.
A perfect end to a lovely day in the beautiful Barbondale Valley.
Com Buzzard 2
Black Headed Gull
Lesser Black Backed Gull
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Chiff Chaff h
Roe Deer m