Remember March 2020? Our lives changed in completely unexpected ways as the UK was placed into lockdown to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. The next three months became a blur of working from home, home-schooling, bingeing true crime on Netflix and hand sanitiser. But then along came summer and, as restrictions were lifted, we were excited to venture out of Manchester and explore somewhere different to the local ex golf course.
One Friday, we decided home school wasn’t for us. It was time to head out somewhere. Rowan has always loved birds, so we decided to bunk off and visit RSBP Leighton Moss to see what we could find.
Lying just off the A591 between Ambleside and Grasmere, Loughrigg Fell is one of the Wainwrights I had been looking forward to climbing with Rowan for a long time. It’s a busy little fell though, so we waited till mid-week in a school holiday to make a day trip for a mountain adventure.
On the Saturday before Mother’s Day we opted to do something a bit different to our usual wandering about in the countryside and visited Brockholes, a relatively young nature reserve in Lancashire. Brockholes, which is built on a former quarry, opened its doors to the public in April 2011. It features lakes, wetlands and woodlands, all designed to attract a number of different species of wildlife to the site, to make it their home. Continue reading