There’s been some good ones this year. I’ve enjoyed the sweeping skies and longer days as spring cleans winter away. The earlier starts to catch misty moorland and shadowed cloughs before breakast. Most of all the moorland sky is now rich with golden plover,curlew,skylark and oyster catcher.
The land itself is washed out and almost colourless but the warming sun and wet days will soon change that.
Up in Ramsden Clough I heard the first curlew call over the peat grounds and found it impossible to take another step as her burbling song held me and gently topped up a dark winters soul with spring! Later that day I sat out of the wind watching a couple of nibbling mountain hares as showery clouds crept across Woodhead pass. A sky lark was swept up on the wind to fill the moor with song.
I spent a breezy afternoon walking from Holmfirth up to West Nab. Paddy panted in the sun like it was a summers day as we trod drying fields upwards and out of the valley to windy moors. Reaching Leyzing Clough at sunset I pitched the tent while a pair of wrens danced and called amongst the gritty boulders of the stream. The night was moonlight and still. Curlew calls promted a clear dawn and a full days walking.