Simon Graham – Kirkby Lonsdale 14th May 2022
It was a pleasant surprise at the last pickup point, to see so many people gathered for the walk on a sunny Saturday. We stopped at Truckhaven (off Junction 35 of the M6) for refreshments and toilets, before heading on to Kirkby Lonsdale to be dropped off at Devil’s Bridge where there was the usual gathering of bikers, and I remembered how the bridge looked in 2015 during the floods.
Then it was off through the park and across the main road to start on our walk, which is where we saw some lovely Horse Chestnut blossom. And then it was onwards and quite a lot of upwards, passing some lovely (and some dead) trees and a large swathe of wild garlic. Then after stopping for people to catch their breath it was on through the countryside, passing lots of other wild flowers including bluebells and whitebells. It was nice to see so many lambs lying in the sun and then we came across a small pond with a number of beehives. There were a few stiles on the walk, some easy to conquer and some difficult, but people were given assistance when necessary.
After passing a large display of bluebells in some woods we then reached our lunch spot, The Church of St. Michael the Archangel, with an impressive stone mosaic at the entrance. Setting off after lunch we saw more sheep and lambs and even managed to get together for a group photo. Walking down a few more country lanes we came to the River Lune and followed it back to Kirkby Lonsdale and Devil’s Bridge, and then walked into the Town Centre for well deserved refreshments and a look around the interesting town.
Wildlife seen during our 5.5 mile walk: Orange-Tip butterflies, many whites including a Green-veined that I managed to photograph, Mute Swans, Little Egrets, Pied Wagtails, Oystercatchers, beetles, Black-headed Gulls, and Shelducks.