Date: Saturday 20th May 2017
Weather: Fine Breezy
Leader: Graham Thomas/John Wilson
Party Number: 8
Distance and Time: 4 miles. 10.20 to 15.30
The party of 8 met at Tebay at 09.30 and drove in convoy a few miles south to Borrowdale.
There was a rough layby to park a few cars.
A heavy hailstorm kept us in the cars until the storm passed over.
We started walking at 10.20 and passed through ancient woodland. The first bird seen was a male Pied Flycatcher that flew up from the River but it didn't hang about.
At a bridge we left the valley track to climb up onto the Fell to the left and followed a faint track that twisted and turned between bushes and scrub. A Cuckoo could be heard but was never seen. We came to a wall where another track was found coming off the Fell. We used this to descend back to the valley.
We continued to a bridge over the river and sat down just beyond for lunch out of the wind. This section of the river had some shingle and was rich in bird life including; Goosander, Sand Martin, Common Sandpiper, Grey and Pied Wagtail, and Dipper.
As it was after 13.00 it was decided to retrace our steps slowly and got back to the cars at 14.30.
This valley has it all. It has ridges on left and right where birds can be seen. ancient woodland and meadows that is a perfect habitat for a range of birds and mammals and borrow beck and a fast flowing moorland river.
On the way back to Tebay we visited the famous gorge at Lune's Bridge where a Cormorant was seen flying off rapidly. A memorial plaque was seen here indicating the tragic railway accident of 2004.
We all had a drink in The Cross Keys in Tebay. This 16th century coaching inn and steeped in history and had a story about a witch, Mary Baines who was born in 1721 on a remote hill farm near Tebay.
Even though the weather could have been better, we saw lots of birds and the scenery was breath-taking.
Canada Goose with young
Com Buzzard 2+
Black Headed Gull
Lesser Black Back Gull
Great Tit h
Coal Tit h
Song Thrush h
Mistle Thrush h
Pied Flycatcher m