Not running this week as I have an injured knee. Last week in my yoga class I obediently followed the instructions to squat on one leg, lift opposite foot, sole side up, onto squatting thigh, and hold hands in prayer position above the head. As I fell over I felt a sharp pain in my knee, so have decided to walk this week rather than run.
After parking at my usual spot at West Gate, Peter, Badger and I started to walk up the valley.
Badger stalking a squirrel in the valley at West Gate, and some of the rhododendrons that are being exterminated on account of killing all the native trees. Apparently the valley full of purple and pink flowers in June isn't worth keeping the shrubs for.
A lot of work is being done in the park at the moment. Broad leafed trees are being planted in Cluse Hay Clough where once trees happily grew. Now only the odd oak tree survives leaning out at improbable angles defying all the laws of physics. Dry stone walls are also being repaired by volunteers.
Darcy's pool is just behind the wall. Badger couldn't resist a quick dip and I thought longingly of Darcy's wet blouse although I don't think he had a stick in his mouth at the time of his full immersion.
Mmmmmm ..... wet blouse
Passing through Knight's Low Wood
we started the walk up to Bow Stones Farm. This hill is the best place to spot Red Deer. There is an on-going programme of culling the buck deer as the herds are getting a bit out of hand.
Peter bagged this specimen for Maalie's next casserole.
The Bow Stones themselves are the remains of a Saxon cross. No one knows exactly where it came from or what the stones signify. Some say it is a boundary mark, others say it was for pushing sheep through to see if they were fat enough for market.
Off we went along the ridge. This is the very best part of Lyme although technically we are now outside the park boundary.
The views from the ridge are amazing. To the east is Kinder; travelling to the west there is South Head, Mount Famine, Eccles Pike, Windgather Rocks, Cat's Tor, Shining Tor and the peak of Shuttlings Low.
The Bow Stones with Bow Stones Farm in the background.
Views along the ridge. Bow Stones Farm is in the background behind Peter.
On another posting there will be pictures of Darcy's house, Cage and Cage Hill and The Haunted Tree. Oh, sod it. Here is The Haunted Tree: