Aira Force

Aira Force from the bridge


Walk leader* Route* Weather* Walkers* Apologies and Excuses* Comments* Evening Meal* Picture Gallery


Walk leader

Ron


Route

Aira Force - Dockray - Dowthwaitehead - Dockray - Aira Force (about 7 miles).


Weather

Heavy shower at the start, but cleared almost as soon as we started and stayed overcast but dry throughout.


Walkers

Ron, George B, Evelyn, Lance and Julie


Apologies and Excuses

Ashley - in Spain

Michael - preparing a presentation for head office

Michelle - work study

Sandy - taking Beth to a party, and waiting for Alex to return from Germany

George G - Rewiring a house in Milfield

Bernie - having a new drive laid

Carol - preparing to go back to work (having a long lie)


Comments

At the start we saw a crazy tree - a chicken's foot tree (or a Norah Batty tree). There were lots of snogging couples around Aira Force. Once away from here it was fairly quiet. We had lunch by a large puddle on a mountain bike track (luckily no cyclists passed us while we were eating). The correct route could not be found but Ron discovered a pleasant alternative way back, which wasn't so steep. We crossed a ford on a swollen burn - Ron fell in, but didn't get wet because he was wearing his waterproofs. As we walked back by Aira Force, saw a tree with an unusual right-angled branch.

Wildlife: First sighting on a FARTS walk of a Burnett moth (in fact about 10 of them). Julie saw a red squirrel and a small furry thing in the burn. Chaffinches, house martins, swallows, shorn sheep, goat. At Dowthwaitehead there was a diving duck and an old dog.

Afternoon tea with cake or scones at the finish.


Evening meal

The Plough at Eachwick, joined by Carol. Nearly couldn't get in because of a wedding party overrunning.


Picture Gallery

July's walkers

July's walkers

Bridge at Aira Force

Bridge at Aira Force

Burnett moths

Burnett moths

Lunch stop

Lunch stop

Dropping down to Dowthwaitehead

Dropping down to Dowthwaitehead

Ron's burn

Just before Ron fell in

Ullswater

Ullswater

Upper part of Aira Force

Upper part of Aira Force

Aira Force and bridge

Aira Force and bridge

Right-angled tree

Right-angled tree


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