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Aston Stone's Wood.

Bacon butties and cappuccino in the local Green Bean Cafe were followed by a walk though Anston Stones Wood in South Yorkshire with Sal and her mum. What's not to like eh? We also had the company of two four legged friends who were well behaved for the most part although Holly did have a couple of "Jack Russell" moments when she came across other dogs. She can be a right embarrassment at times.

Well, what's to say about the woods. Well they are possible the best I have walked through and they are a SSSI. The walk takes to a high path which pops in and out of the woodland giving it plenty of variety and it is in this section where the famous Anston Stones are located. These are of magnesium limestone and were used in the construction of the rebuilding of the Houses of Parliament following the fire in the 1830s. The blocks of stone were taken by horse-drawn sled to the Chesterfield Canal, then taken down to West Stockwith where they were transferred to sailing barges fo…

Caerlaverock Castle and Kippford.

I had considered going up to The Trossachs for the day but had set off a tad late so made a late decision to have a drive in to Dumfries and Galloway instead. The last time I went up that way the tide had been in which made a walk to see the cockleshells at Kippford a bit of a waste of time but I could see it was out as I drove past Carlisle.

My first stop was at Caerlaverock Castle and Wetland nature Reserve which for a fiver is a right bargain. Caerlaverock Castle is a moated triangular castle first built in the 13th century and was a stronghold of the Maxwell family from the 13th century until the 17th century when the castle was abandoned. It was besieged by the English during the Wars of Scottish Independence, and underwent several partial demolitions and reconstructions over the 14th and 15th centuries. In the 17th century, the Maxwells were created Earls of Nithsdale and built a new lodging within the walls. In 1640 the castle was besieged for the last time and was subsequ…

Wild flower time at Lowther

There's not much narrative to write about this visit as I think I have given a detailed description of the history of the place in a previous blog on the 10th of May this year. Just a word though to congratulate the members of the Lowther Trust for what they have achieved over recent years. From near dereliction and abandonment, the place has been transformed in to one of Cumbria's finest tourist attractions. The summer meadows are always worthy of a visit and this years display was interspersed with a WW1 exhibition. The tearoom serves one of the best cappuccinos you could ever wish for and the food is also top notch.

I think I may have left my visit a bit too late as I was hoping there would be more poppies in the meadows but the display was brilliant none the less. I hope you enjoy the photos I took and hopefully I will be blogging on Lowther again in the autumn with all its golden colours and tones.