Sunday, 3 September 2017

A walk to the River Eamont, Cumbria.

Mid week I decided to have a walk to the river Eamont , the stretch of the river I decided to have a look at lies due South of Penrith. There is a downside to walking to this stretch of the river, and that is escaping the town to get to the footpath that takes you to it.The reason being there is a grand total of  7 traffic light pedestrian crossings, ,8 if I took another route. Most of these are on the very busy junction 40 of the M6 motorway, and the equally busy A66, talk about your life in their hands. and of course all this has to be done in reverse on the way home.
     After having safely negotiated the A66 to get to the South side of it, a short walk brings you to a little wrought iron gate in a fence(blink and you would miss it) I had no sooner set off on the footpath when a Partridge struck up from the edge of the field to my right, its flight was too sudden and too fast for a positive id, but as it was a single bird I judged it to be a Red-legged Partridge rather than Grey Partridge as Greys tend to move around in parties rather than singly.

After about 50 yards of overgrown path we are confronted by this double narrow and a bit spooky tunnels, they carry the two railway lines North and South London to Glasgow. They are very well constructed and it leaves one wondering why such great engineering has been undertaken just for a footpath, as they are too narrow for a vehicle of any kind. The only other thing that comes to mind is , in the past it may have been through way for Sheep and cattle, to get from one grazing area to another, or one farm to another.

This first stretch of the path is also in shade for most of the day, the above plant is a shade loving plant so I wasn't surprised when I found it . The flower of Lords-and-Ladies (Arum haculatum)
     After the tunnels we are out in the sunshine and apart from wet feet (not having anticipated the heavy dew) its a grand morning.

First encounter (if we don't count the Partridge) was this rather smart juvenile Woodpigeon, hasn't got his white collar yet.

From now on the footpath follows more or less a straight line through grazing/pasture land with the occasional stile to negotiate, or gate to open , making sure it is secure again to prevent escaping sheep or cattle.

Morning girls, don't be so nosey , just passing through, will coming back shortly.

As can be seen the sheep where sharing the field with quite a few gulls mainly Black-headed gulls , with one or two Lesser Black-backed

Sheep are vegetarian otherwise , open wide.
"No one lives here anymore"
A pair of Jackdaws warming their feet, had it been Springtime they would have been plucking the wool to line their nests

The river Eamont , looking West or up stream.

And looking East, down stream
Unfortunately from my point of view the river was running high and fast, so not much chance of seeing any wild life. There are footpaths alongside the river, but that would entail a much longer walk to get me back home.

Purple-loosestrife  (Lythrum salicaria) still putting up a good show by the river.

On the way back I saw movement in the hedge, and as is very often the case the birds can be seen flitting about deep in cover, however after a bit of quiet standing around waiting a bird came to the outer branches.

First of all just the back view.

Then it obliged with a partial front view, now Willow warblers and Chiff Chaff are very hard to tell apart, and the bird was quiet, so just on leg colouration and darkish cap I'm going with Chiff Chaff, what do you think Phil?
    So as regards bird life that was about it, an enjoyable walk, and a few more picies to come from that walk.


  1. aw, what a lovely hike. Lots of nature to adore.

  2. Hello, what a lovely walk. The wood pigeon is cute. Love the sheep, they are adorable critters. Pretty scenery and photos. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

  3. A nice place for a walk and for taking photos! I love seeing those sheep.

  4. That was a great walk. Beautiful pictures. The animals sharing the grass... all in the family...

  5. Hi Gordon,
    thank you for those wonderful pictures from the nature arround you!
    Happy new week,

  6. Thank you for sharing your ramble with us! I love your photos! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  7. Nice part of the world - being out of the UK for so long I struggled with Willow Chaffs when I was back!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  8. Hi Gordon. I'm not surprised the river was running so high with all the rain we've had in August. It's good for you that you have so much lovely countryside, despite those busy roads.

    I'm thinking WWillow Warbler because thew primary projection is quite long, although the legs are dark, they are sill brownins, not blackish. Overall the bird is quite bright and greenish and also the soles of the feet are quite a strong yellow. Good photo though, enough to say I suspect it is an adult from the width and newness of the tail feathers.

  9. Awwwww, such a relaxing, beautiful walk you had us traverse. Love the scenery, the birds, the colors and especially your narration, Gordon. It was like I was there with feet even got soaked with the high amount of dew.


  10. What a lovely stroll. Creepy tunnels are ok as long as one can see the light at the other end. I loved your shot of the Jackdaws on the Sheep's back and how you described how they relate to each other; warming the feet and using the wool for nests. That's how life should be, helping each other (not that I don't like warm feet and a cozy nest of my own, because I surely do). Enjoy your day!

  11. Your photos are beautiful, Gordon! I love taking long walks in nature and I smiled when I saw the sheep! How delightful! Thank you so much for sharing this lovely walk, and I hope you have a great week ahead! :)

  12. Lovely place, Gordon!
    I like the first photo and the immature wood pigeon is a great 'catch'!
    I bet you had a great time strolling around and discovering its inhabitants!
    I tend to agree with you about the Chiffchaff, leg colour is the reliable indicator.
    Best wishes :)

  13. That must have been such a lovely walk indeed, and such fine scenery too. Greetings.

  14. Great bird photos, and the wildflowers growing along the river are beautiful!

  15. Passing 7 traffic lights to get on a hiking trail is very much.
    Nice to read that you have seen a red patch, though you could not take a picture. The narrow railway tunnels are indeed scary. I had never heard of the Lords-and-Ladies flower (Arum haculatum) so I learned something again. Beautiful pictures of the sheep, dove and also the cut woodpecker in the tree. Beautiful bird photos.

    Kind regards,

  16. We don't have either of those birds on this side of the pond so I would be delighted to see either one (since that would mean I was in England and what could be wrong with that!!!).... a lovely walk, although the tunnels are a bit spooky.


A big thank you to everyone for looking in and leaving their comments, much appreciated, Gordon.