Sunday, 9 June 2013

Meadows & Moorland Walk ~ 9th June 2013

Today, Chris Calvert of Pry House Farm, lead a guided walk through his meadows and pastures and onto the open fell.  Everyone who took part were familiar with the dales but most had never been to the head of Swaledale.  They were all overawed with the beauty of the landscape, the vastness of the moors, the variety of birds to be seen and the abundance of wild flowers.  One lady commented that the walk was made far more interesting because it was guided by a local farmer who explained so much about the livestock, farming practices past & present and the history of the area.
Setting off from West Briggs
Standing in West Briggs. 
Far Briggs meadow in the background and the road along Keldside in the distance.
Walking through Harker's meadow, designated as an area of Special Scientific Interest because of the species of wild flowers that grows there.

"The guided walk was very informative and I learned a lot about the hill farmer's way of life and the interaction between hill farmer and wildlife, flora & fauna." Mr T Sykes, Camblesforth.

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