Team news for August 2013

  • Wrapping up loose ends

    09:00 30 August 2013
    By Clair Payne, Craig Hutchinson, Glenn Bailey, Ian Griffiths, John Atkinson, John Moffat, Luke Sherwen, Matthew Allmark, Nick Petrie, Paul Farrington, Paul Kear , Richard Tanner, Rob Clarke, Sam Stalker, Sarah Anderson, Stuart Graham

    Always pleasing to wrap things up and here at the volunteer centre we’ve managed to finish off a few projects recently. There’s been a double whammy with the final completion of the Basecamp woodshed (getting the doors on) and getting the roof on the recycling store at Wray Castle.

    Basecamp Ranger Clair pleased to have finished the doors.
    We’ve been meaning to get the doors on the woodshed for ages now, but never seemed to find the time. Excuses, excuses etc, but they’re on now and we can finally lock one bay for drying while the other is open to be used by volunteers in our woodburner. Brilliant!

    The recycling bin store has had a slightly shorter gestation. Built in the same way, with the help of a National Trust working holiday (see blog entry on 26th July) we got the frame up at the end of this week. Here's a quick film showing some of how it was done on site...

    Needed a roof though, and that’s now gone on and made it look splendid. Admittedly, there’s still the cladding to go on the side but that’ll be a quick job ….. we’ll just try not to take a year over it this time …..

     The Castle recycling store looking beautiful
    Finally, there’s the Basecamp Squirrels film. This has been a project over the summer to make a short feature about the red squirrels that visit the Basecamp. There was a blog entry about them on 17th May with some cute pictures and a quick preview of the film on the 21st June blog entry, but we’ve now got the full length feature film – well, about 3 minutes …. You can watch it here:

    Post by Rob from High Wray Basecamp
  • Summer holiday

    08:59 30 August 2013
    By Roy Henderson

    I’m not long returned from a few weeks holiday in Scotland with Jan and Daisy and the van.  We began by going up to the far north and the beaches of the Durness Coast for the first week.  This is a wonderful area with litter-free, pristine beaches.  There’s no rubbish at all, not even in the tide-line.  We found just golden sands and blue skies.  The forecast had been for some rain every day but it turned out to be great weather nearly every day.

    It was Daisy’s first encounter with the sea.  It was interesting to watch her learning to treat it with the respect it deserves.

    One day I thought I had spotted the curved back of a number of diving otters but, when they resurfaced, I realised they were cormorants doing a bit of fishing.  It was good to see the cormorants but we have seen otters in Scotland before and still hope one day to see them again.  We also spent some time dabbling around in rock pools.  It’s a great way to spend a few hours as long as you keep an eye open for the tide coming in!

    We then went to see friends who live with a view of Skye.  It was his birthday so we enjoyed his party and the next day a large group of us had a good hill walk to celebrate.  We had intended to do a ridge walk but it was just too windy and wet so we settled for a round walk.  The mountain is going nowhere so the ridge can wait for another day.

    Eventually we moved across to Ardnamurchan.  The weather was beginning to change but Ardnamurchan is a beautiful area and I cycled around each day.  It gave me an opportunity to get fitter for a coast-to-coast cycling trip that came at the end of the holiday.

    Then we drove back south to Gretna where I met a group of friends for the cycling.  Beginning at Gretna we cycled via Kielder across to the east coast and then back to Bellingham on the first day.  We camped overnight and then continued back to Gretna on the second – a total distance of 180 miles.

    It was a good trip.

    Daisy here:

    I’ve been on my holidays.  It was great.  I’ve been in the van with Roy and Jan.  It was fantastic.  I’ve been in the sea. Ugh!  I don’t like the sea.

  • Renewal of paths and woodland

    14:49 24 August 2013
    By Roy Henderson

    I had a change of scenery at work recently when Mark, who is the ranger over at Buttermere, asked me to go over to check the condition of some footpaths for him.  He has already found some paths that have quite a lot of isolated pockets of flood damage that will need a lot of work to repair them. I checked out some of the others.  Fortunately, I didn’t find anything too serious.  Repairing path damage is something we prefer to do as early as possible because their condition can deteriorate very quickly if we don’t.  I did enjoy the opportunity to walk the paths alongside Buttermere.

    Whilst I was over there, I also took the opportunity to check out some forestry clear-felling.  This is an area of softwood that was originally planted as a crop in the days when this country needed to replenish its wood supplies.  Large areas of the country were planted up with fast-growing conifers after the woodland depletion caused by the demands of World War 1.  For a number of reasons, ideas about forest management have changed since then and as these older forests are being felled, they are being replanted with a mix of hardwood species. 

    In this first stage of clear-felling, it just looks like devastation but that will soon be softened with the regeneration of natural vegetation and the new mixed woodland will host a greatly increased range of native flora and fauna.  The older conifer forests were mono-cultures and were often planted so densely that very little grew on the forest floor.  So, although it looks a bit dramatic now, it is all being done in the interests of conservation.

    It’s Daisy again.

     Roy’s been ill.  That’s boring. 
    Sunny’s been to stay again. That’s great.  
    I’m a lot faster than he is now.
  • Ditch the Car!

    15:31 23 August 2013
    By Clair Payne, Craig Hutchinson, Glenn Bailey, Ian Griffiths, John Atkinson, John Moffat, Luke Sherwen, Matthew Allmark, Nick Petrie, Paul Farrington, Paul Kear , Richard Tanner, Rob Clarke, Sam Stalker, Sarah Anderson, Stuart Graham

    Ditching the car for alternative means of transport probably brings some of us out in hives and mild panic attacks? However, it really is worth doing, and you’ll be surprised just how close a lot of our attractions are to each other, and how easy (and enjoyable) they are to get to by foot, boat, horse, bike or bus.
    There are two, ideally located National Trust Car Parks that provide a perfect starting point, these are Ash Landing, and Harrowslack. Both are located underneath the shadow of Claife viewing station, a site which we will all begin to see changing over the next couple of years, so take this opportunity to view it at its current state. Both of these car parks are a 5 minute walk to the Bowness car ferry (ferry house), and the Windermere passenger ferry. So, if you fancy a trip to Bowness or Windermere but don’t like the idea of driving around one of Lakeland’s busiest towns looking for a parking space, then this would be the solution for you. Also worth taking into account, the Windermere passenger ferry will take you all the way to Ambleside, and also stops at Wray Castle.

    Wray castle by bike
    Talking of which, why not WALK to Wray Castle? It’s a stunning four mile walk along the Lake shore. The bridleway was resurfaced as recent as September 2012, and is pretty much flat and an obvious route all the way (1 maybe 2 little hills, nothing too taxing at all). As a bonus Wray Castle. has a café so by the time you get there you will have earned that tea and cake. If you don’t fancy the walk back, then you can jump on the ferry or the bus back to ferry house. Getting to Hill Top (Beatrix Potters home) is just as close, in fact, it’s approximately 1.5 miles, and seeing as the Car Park at Hill Top (can get full very quickly, it’s well worth considering. The walk is stunning although it is steep to start with so bare this in mind. Also, in true Cumbrian fashion, there is an eatery located on route called the Tower Bank Arms, they do tea, coffee, fantastic food and *ahem* local ales (for the connoisseur’s out there).

    Hill top cottage, Home of Beatrix Potter
    In a nutshell, Ash Landing and Harrowslack provide a superb location for some introductory walks or bike rides, So why not leave your car behind for a day? Take a bike, walk or if you ride a horse take advantage of the bridleways. You’ll save a fortune in fuel and parking fees and you’ll get that all important warm fuzzy feeling that you are doing your bit for the environment.

    Enjoy, and see there …
  • Replacing the ladder stile at Glencoyne, above the old quarry.

    07:35 21 August 2013
    By Ben Knipe, Dave Almond, Dave Jackson, James Archer, Neil Winder, Roland Wicksteed

    The old ladder stile at Glencoyne Brow was in  a sorry state and in need of replacement.

    Instead of a new ladder stile, putting in a new gate way through the wall was considered to be a better, and safer option.

    A new gate would be far easier for dogs and their owners to negotiate!

    It would involve a lot more work to install a new gate, but in the long run........... well worth it.                                                                          
    Seen from the other side.....YES! It really is well past its sell by date.
    The route to and from the old quarry is challenging, especially when carrying up tools and gate posts.
    The View from the work site.
    The wall in the process of being taken down to allow room for the new gateway.
    Some of the "footing stones" or foundation stones needed to be removed.  2 bars needed for this one!
    The gate post  has been dug into the ground and is firmly in place; the wall is being quoined up to it
    Almost up to height.
    Footing stone being "barred" in for the other side of the gateway
    Almost done. This image gives some idea of the steepness of the slope we were working on
    Just a reminder of what was being replaced!

  • Water uphill?

    18:26 16 August 2013
    By Roy Henderson

    I know water more usually comes down Skiddaw but recently there was a rather different story!  Just before the end of the school year, a friend Paul and I carried supplies of water up Skiddaw.  Every year, all year 7 students in Keswick School do the walk to the top of Skiddaw.  This year the weather was unusually hot and the teacher who was organising the walk was considering cancelling it because of concerns that the students might not carry enough water.  This is a great opportunity for them and it would have been a shame to cancel it when there was a solution.  So Paul and I took supplies of water and deposited them should they be needed.  It seems that all went well and a great day was enjoyed by all.

     During the week I turned out with another member of the Mountain Rescue Team to High Snab Farm where one of Tom’s sheep had become stuck on a crag.  I abseiled down, caught and secured it then lowered it safely to the bottom of the crag.

    Another rescue story was that of a duck!  A woman had managed to catch a mallard that had a fishing hook through its tongue and was entangled with some line.  She took it to the Trust shop and I had a call to attend the victim.  

    With the help of a guy from the Keswick Launch Company, we managed to snip the hook so that we could extract it and disentangle the duck.  We put him in a cardboard box in the dark for a while until he calmed down and then we released him back into the lake where he swam off happily to join his flock.  It was nice to see him go because he could easily have starved to death if he had not been rescued.

    My job is definitely not boring!

     Hi, It's Daisy.

    I think I look rather good in this picture.

  • The country goes to town

    09:00 16 August 2013
    By Clair Payne, Craig Hutchinson, Glenn Bailey, Ian Griffiths, John Atkinson, John Moffat, Luke Sherwen, Matthew Allmark, Nick Petrie, Paul Farrington, Paul Kear , Richard Tanner, Rob Clarke, Sam Stalker, Sarah Anderson, Stuart Graham

    Sending our Rangers from the Lakes to the middle of Manchester might seem a bit of an odd thing to do but it works a treat when you're spreading the word that the countryside is a great place for kids to enjoy.

    The National Trust had ranger and other staff from all over the North West helping out with the Trust's presence at the Dig The City festival in Manchester last week.

    The National Trust 's Dig the City 'treehouse'
    Dig the City is a week long urban garden festival that aims to transform a bit of Manchester into a garden city via food, flowers, a forest and a fête, with show gardens, markets, workshops and 100 tonnes of soil. The National Trust was just one of the corporate partners helping to make it a festival with variety and lots of fun.

    Our Rangers were there to run kids' acitivities related to our own campaign ' 50 things to do before you're 11&3/4', and activities on offer included making kites and mudpies (the latter was a favourite with kids and Rangers alike!). We know these things are popular as we've been running them at Wray Castle on our Fun Fridays during the school holidays.

    Our Lead Ranger John working on his mudpie production line

    Owly Images
    Den building in a slightly unusual setting!
    Here's the stand in action and spot our Ranger Sarah.

    A lot of activity round the tables
    And now for those lovely finished mud pies...

    For our Rangers this week it's back to working with a backdrop of hills, lakes and scenery; it's a tough life but someone has to do it!

  • Bees Please!

    17:01 15 August 2013
    By Ben Knipe, Dave Almond, Dave Jackson, James Archer, Neil Winder, Roland Wicksteed

    15 Things you might not know about bumblebees...


    1. It is the female bumblebee that stings

    2. Bumblebees can suffer from overheating on very warm sunny days

    3. Bees have two pairs of wings whereas flies only have one pair

    4. Unlike honey bees, bumblebee nests only last for one season (with exceptions)

    5. Usually only the fertilized queens survive the winter

    6. Tongue lengths differ a lot between species of bumblebee, depending on their favourite flower

    7. If their tongue is too short for a plant, they can bite a hole in the corolla and commit 'nectar robbery'!

    8. To make a memory map of the landscape a bee will first fly in ever widening circles away from the nest

    9. To tell other bumblebees about a new food source, they will run around the top of the nest buzzing their
    wings and bumping into others.  A less romantic version of the waggle dance done by honey bees!

    10. 3 species of bumblebee have become extinct in Britain

    11. Several species were introduced to New Zealand from Britain where they still survive

    12. Some species are called cuckoo bumblebees because they will get workers from the nests of other species to raise their young

    13. Bumblebees have many lookalikes including flower bees, hover flies, the warble fly and the bee fly

    14. There are 239 species of bumblebees in the world (Williams 1998)

    15. Central Asia has the richest populations of bumblebees

    Source: Bumblebees by Ted Benton, Collins New Naturalist series, ISBN 0-00-717450-0

    Bees in our Toilet

    Last month a colony of bees decided to make a nest in a cavity under the roof of our outside toilet block here at our office in Windermere.  On closer inspection it turned out that these were no ordinary bees but were tree bumblebees (Bombus hypnorum) which were first seen in the UK in 2001 and have become naturalised.  What made this sighting even more interesting was the fact it was only the 2nd tree bumblebee nest seen in the Lake District this year!
    A tree bumblebee (Bombus hypnorum) seen outside our office.  Photo Roland Wicksteed
    We were able to study these bees really closely, from the comfort of a toilet seat, and watch them as they flew out of the nest and up towards the tree canopy near by.  The bees always followed the same route to and from the nest, heading off towards a good food source.
    A large gap under the roof gave the tree bumblebees a warm and dry place to build a nest and form a colony.
    A tree bumblebee seen returning to the nest, pollen sacks fully laden.
    Tree bumblebees seem to like bird nestboxes for their colonies in other parts of the country, which to the bees is a close match to that of a nice dry cavity in a tree - exactly what a bird box is trying to replicate.
    Now that our bee-senses were tuned in to the activites of these beautiful creatures we looked around for more species.  The flowers around our office were bowing under the weight of bees, and other insects trying to mimic them to avoid being eaten.
    A bee? No in fact a hover fly
    We also saw bees that on first glance looked like flies because they lacked the bright colours used by bees to warn off anything that might think they were a tasty snack.
    A bee? or a fly? Answers on a postcard please!

    What can you do to help bumblebees?

    1. Plant native wildflowers in your garden
    2. Leave plants such as brambles alone until they've finished flowering
    3. Think very carefully before using herbicides, pesticides & fungicides.

    Ben Knipe
    Woodland Ranger

  • The Lizard.

    20:06 14 August 2013
    By Clair Payne, Craig Hutchinson, Glenn Bailey, Ian Griffiths, John Atkinson, John Moffat, Luke Sherwen, Matthew Allmark, Nick Petrie, Paul Farrington, Paul Kear , Richard Tanner, Rob Clarke, Sam Stalker, Sarah Anderson, Stuart Graham

    The Lizard.

    Whilst living and working in the Lake District it is easy to forget the amazing landscapes in other parts of the country. Recently I visited Cornwall and took the opportunity to walk on the Lizard peninsula, the most southerly part of the British mainland. Alongside this dramatic stretch of coast line lie tales of smugglers and ship wrecks.

    As excise duties increased in the 18th Century smuggling became an industry in Cornwall, and perhaps nowhere more so than on The Lizard. Smugglers called themselves ‘free traders’ and for example, brought luxury goods, like tobacco and brandy from France. The goods were landed on the quiet coves of the peninsula where pack horses quickly took them to hiding places. It was believed, for instance, that nearly half a million gallons of brandy a year were being smuggled through Cornwall at this time.
    The Lizard sticks out into the Channel so far that it is the biggest ship trap in British waters.  Many ships have fallen victim to the Lizard's cliffs and underwater reefs. The wrecks of the Lizard are of all ages. Some contain real treasure. The Lizard is a Mecca for today's wreck divers, not just book talk of silver and gold, but real, in-the-diver's-palm, silver coins and ingots. Much has been recovered. More is still there to be found by the lucky Lizard diver.
  • Summer so far

    14:21 12 August 2013
    By Jo Day

    It all kicked off with our annual Wildside Bonanza in Barrow Park, where we played games and #17. Set up some snail races

    Kids flocked to our stream to #35 Discover what's in a pond

    Nothing like a quick dip to cool yourself down even if it decreases your chances of #30. Holding a scary beast

    Moving down to the beach to #37. Check out the crazy creatures in a rock pool/water channel

    Getting right in there to #42. Go swimming in the sea complete with nets means the shrimps don't have a chance to escape

    #8.Catch a fish with a net whilst #24. Walking barefoot
    #40. Go on a nature walk at night and discover what might be hiding out there in the dark
    I'm not sure that a sleeve is really #36. Making a home for a wild animal but nice try, that drinker moth sure looks happy there!
    Whilst we were busy trapping moths we forgot to #27. Go star gazing, but there's always next time...
  • Cumbria National Trust Volunteers. Path work at Birdhouse Meadows.

    13:24 12 August 2013
    By Ben Knipe, Dave Almond, Dave Jackson, James Archer, Neil Winder, Roland Wicksteed

    Rangers and Cumbria National Trust Volunteers working together to improve a popular riverside walk at Birdhouse Meadows. Sunday August 4th.
    Birdhouse Meadow is located at the North end of Windermere. The ground in places is very soft, and with so much useage by locals and visitors, the ground gets very boggy. It was decided to link the existing boardwalks with a hard surface. 15/30 stone from Elterwater was ideal.
    Digging out the turf to make way for the stone. the turf is used for landscaping
    The rails will hold the stone in place and determine the width of the path.
    Fastening the rails to fence posts; they will be sawn level with the tops of the rails
    The finished section. Walkers were passing by and commenting on how good it looked.
    Another section close to being finished.

    A well earned break by the river.

    The gates at either end of the boardwalks were treated to a coat of cuprinol

    Looking Good. With Thanks to the Cumbria National Trust Volunteers for all their help in improving the ease of use and the looks of the footpath.
  • Derwentwater Regatta

    16:31 10 August 2013
    By Roy Henderson

    This last weekend we had the Derwentwater Regatta.  This was a Trust organised event based at Crow Park with lots of partners working with us.  There was a fun fair on the field and there were many free activities e.g. making Viking shields, building a coracle or slack-wire walking. There were also extra ones like sailing and canoeing where participants paid for sessions.

    You will see from the pictures that many people entered into the full spirit of the day and wore costumes. We even had a pirate ship. 

    People took to the water in a variety of vessels including bath-tubs and the coracles made on the day.

    My volunteers (with a bit of help from me!) built a replica Viking long-boat which was then decorated with round, decorated shields made by children.  The finale of the day was the successful burning of the long-boat. 

    Everybody I spoke to on the field was having a great time.  All the partner providers thought it was worthwhile and were also enjoying it.  So it was a great day and a win-win all round event.

    Daisy here.  

    Roy doesn’t like me anymore. I rolled in dead.   I didn’t know I wasn’t supposed to.  I got washed with a hosepipe twice. Then I got put in the lake for a swim but I didn’t mind that.  Somebody said to me that next time he’s going to use tomato sauce on me.  That might be quite nice!
  • Drain building on the Red Tarn path, Ullswater

    09:14 10 August 2013
    By Ade Mills, Leo Walmsley , Pete Entwistle

    Since finishing work on the path to Esk Hause most of our time has been spent working up on the path leading from the Helvellyn Youth Hostel, in Glenridding, to Red Tarn.

    The path we're working on is a sub-soil path and was built several years ago using a digger. Since then with all the heavy use that it gets the path has started to become mobile and this has been made worse by surface water running down the path when it rains.

    Although there are numerous drains already in the path we decided that to slow down the erosion process more drains were required.

    Almost completed drain

    So earlier on in the year we selected some suitable drain stone and had it flown to site. The picture above shows the work in progress. The piles of stone around the drain is some of what had been flown in but has not been used. The majority, in this instance, is smaller stone used to build the base of the drain. The sides of the drain are built using much larger stone (stones in excess of 2 feet deep are not uncommon) this means if the path below the drain should ever erode it will be a long time before the drain falls out.

    Finished Drain with Landscaping

    The photograph above shows the completed drain. Left over stone has been used to narrow the path. By doing this it also protects the top end of the drain by stopping people walking there. If a track was to develop in this area it's possible for water to bypass the drain thus making the drain redundant.

     Clearing the end of a newly built drain

    The photograph above shows another drain almost completed. The end of the drain is being dug out to allow water to flow smoothly through the drain and away from the path. This is something that we also do as part of our regular maintenance work. 

    The soil that has been generated while building the drain will later be seeded making it nicely blend in with the rest of the area. 

    Finished Drain

    Altogether we've put in roughly an extra 12 drains which should mean a lot less water running down the path. Of course all these new drains will have to be maintained regularly throughout the year by both ourselves and the Fix the Fells lengthsmen.
  • An Interns Insight - 2 Weeks With The Footpath Team.

    09:00 09 August 2013
    By Clair Payne, Craig Hutchinson, Glenn Bailey, Ian Griffiths, John Atkinson, John Moffat, Luke Sherwen, Matthew Allmark, Nick Petrie, Paul Farrington, Paul Kear , Richard Tanner, Rob Clarke, Sam Stalker, Sarah Anderson, Stuart Graham

    As an Intern Ranger, I’ve had the opportunity to work with the Coniston, Woodland and Hawkshead teams. To complete the set, I’ve spent the last 2 weeks working with the Footpath team. I was a little apprehensive at first, walking uphill carrying a shovel and a mattock to build footpaths doesn’t appeal to me, but somehow, I found myself enjoying it, even in the rain and mud…

    During the first week we were working at Blea Moss with Basecamp and West Runton, pitching a new path to protect the moss and the flora within it. We also had a day with the fix the fells lengthsmen finishing the path at stake pass. The second week we were working on the Fairfield project. During these two weeks I learnt the basics:
    • Never cover up turf, take the turf off and replace it later.
    • Pitching - all about digging big holes, rolling big rocks into them and making sure they’re level with good contact to the surrounding rocks.
    • Landscaping - making mounds or hollows at either side of your new path to discourage people from straying from it.
    • The erosion triangle - people/steepness/water.
    • Cake is always welcome (though I think that goes for Rangers in general).
    • Don't roll rocks onto your feet or hands. 
    The path at Blea Moss progressed quite well during the week, but steadily became more and more muddy. Pitching holes were filling up with water instead of rocks, landscaping became playing in the mud and staying in one place for too long resulted in getting stuck.

    The start of the muddy pitching at Blea Moss, before the rain came and ran down the newly laid steps like a river.
    Stake pass had a slightly harder start to the day, about an hour’s walk up the valley into the cloud carrying a shovel and a mattock. Once up there we finished the section of path and topped up some other sections with extra gravel from the borrow pits (big pits dug out to get to the gravel underneath the peat, then filled back in by collapsing the banks and replacing the turf).

    The second week we were working on the Fairfield project, fortunately all the tools were already at the top in the cabin, so all I had to do was enjoy the walk up by the waterfall.

    Not a bad commute to work...
     The weather stayed fine and so I was able to experience pitching onto hard ground rather than mud. Working on Tom’s section we were able to pitch up to the point where a drain was to be put in, and managed to get some big stones in to compensate for the steepness of the section.

    The finished section of pitching.
     I really enjoyed my 2 weeks with the footpath team, I'm still smiling despite a couple of crushed fingers, and a slightly bruised foot. I will hopefully get a chance to go out again with them soon, even if it means carrying the tools uphill into a cloud...

    By Kimberley Goodall
  • Photographers, Drains and Summer Branch Drop

    11:41 02 August 2013
    By Clair Payne, Craig Hutchinson, Glenn Bailey, Ian Griffiths, John Atkinson, John Moffat, Luke Sherwen, Matthew Allmark, Nick Petrie, Paul Farrington, Paul Kear , Richard Tanner, Rob Clarke, Sam Stalker, Sarah Anderson, Stuart Graham

    Branch drop at Low Piel Near

    It has been the usual varied week, as seems to be so common in the life of a Ranger. I have spent quite a lot of time talking to visitors and suggesting places to visit and also picking up the litter that they unfortunately leave behind. I collected 12 bin bags full in 3 hours last weekend, with an assortment of items of clothing and shoes scattered across the countryside, there were also tents, unwanted food and the usual remains of BBQ's. Whilst on my travels I came across a branch that had been shed from a tree at Low Piel Near, this is as a result of process called "Summer Branch Drop" which can happen after periods of dry weather, when some of the trees shed a limb.

    We have also been out and about clearing blocked drains on footpaths and ensuring that the paths are not washing away. An important task that takes quite a long time, but is absolutely essential.

    For yet more variety I have met up with a couple of photographers to take them to some special places in the lakes. One photo shoot was for a high profile Men's fashion magazine up in the Tilberthwaite area and the other photographer was interested in high quality landscape photographs on a theme of Philanthropy, areas that have been left to the nation.

    A large Oak limb near to Red Nab

    Written by Sam Stalker