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Walking in Cumbria and Beyond

Hills and Bells

Hills and Bells

May so far has brought snow, soaring temperatures and back to frost.

If we’re confused then heavens knows what nature thinks.

Amazingly the usual May show of bluebells has positively  flourished in the haphazard weather.

Brigsteer and Witherslack woods  in South Cumbria have been carpeted in blue.

The rich smell of bluebells interspersed with pungent white wild garlic.


Further north Rannerdale, between Crummock Water and Buttermere,

holds one of the most delightful secrets of nature.

Another stunning blue carpet, but not hidden under trees.

Splashed across the valley sides.  So vivid it stands out from high above on Grasmoor.


The day was perfect for the circuit from Lanthwaite, up Whiteside and Gasgale Crags to Hopegill Head.

Down Sand Hills fine scree to Coledale Hause.  A detour up to Grasmoor.  A suitable lunch spot and first view of blue.

Descending via the ridge of Whiteless Pike into the Rannerdale and the bluebells.


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