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March Days

First light
First light

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.

Spring Reflections
Spring Reflections

The land itself is washed out and almost colourless but the warming sun and wet days will soon change that.

Ramsden Clough
Ramsden Clough

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.

Creeping showers
Creeping showers

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.

Leyzing Clough
Leyzing Clough

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