Dramatic Skies in Irby Dale.
After several days of heavy rain and gloomy skies we decided to don the waterproofs and take Jet for a walk in Irby Dale and around the Woods. We managed to stay dry throughout our walk but the heavens opened as we got back to the car. It was good to be back here after so long. It is the first time I have walked in Irby Dale since Lockdown started. Initially because I was only walking/cycling from the house, but wnhen there was the fist easing of restrictions people flocked to Irby, clogging up with village with badly parked cars and leaving rubbish and causing damage in the valley and woods. Although we had the walk to ourselves, we met two women and their children and, later, from a distance, watching them returning down a farm road that had a very clear no access sign on it. Some people are unbelievable. Having said that we enjoyed a superb walk with dramatic skies. I was interested to see that there had been some forestry operations going on and the cleared woodland would be better for it, letting in more light and allowing spring plants a chance to flower. Perhaps improving the environment for butterflies too.
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