Sunday, 11 July 2021

Lake District, Day 7. Hutton Roof Crags

 Walking up through thick woodland from the car park we came out onto open fellside and continued through grassy meadows to the trig point where there were expansive views across to Ingleborough and out to Morecambe Bay with Arnside Knott easy to pick out next to the Kent Estuary.  Although geologically a twin of Whitbarrow Scar Hutton Roof Crags are more wooded and the areas of limestone pavement often hidden in dense woodland and surrounded by head high bracken, not something we wanted to wade through; as it was we came away with one tick which Heather didn't discover until we were home!! Form the trig point we walked a circular route looking for the dark red helleborines that we knew to be here.  In the even we only found one which was not yet in flower.  There was much of the area that we didn't have time to search and it is difficult to pin point their exact location from blogs and websites that I have looked at which are vague to say the least.  Still, we did see one and it remains a work in progress.  Much more easy to find were the fritillary butterflies that everywhere glided around on large orange wings refusing to perch up despite the weather being more overcast and cooler than on Arnside Knott. There were also plenty of graylings on the wing; good to see as there is only one Lincolnshire location that I know of for these butterflies.   By the time we reached the car I was well ready for beer o'clock!!

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Cinnabar moth catterpillar
Dark Green Fritillary
Dark Green Fritillary
Dark Green Fritillary
Wild Thyme

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