Sunday, 20 July 2014

Sunday morning wander around Millington

The air was heavy and the sunshine hazy following a night of rain as we set off for a Sunday morning wander around Millington. We parked down in the car park at Millington Wood and walked up to the village, through it and back round via Warrendale Plantation. Here's a few photographs I took on the walk.

Monday, 5 May 2014

Bluebells in Bloom on the Yorkshire Wolds

Bank Holiday Monday gave us the opportunity to walk to the local wood to see the carpet of Bluebells that grow across the woodland floor at this time of year. 

The sight can be seen in many local woods where the Bluebells may be competing with Wild Garlic for space and light.

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Watching Gannets and Puffins at RSPB Bempton Cliffs

It was the May Day Bank Holiday Weekend and we decided to take a trip to the RSPB Reserve at Bempton Cliffs site of the largest onshore Gannet Colony in the country. 

Gannet at RSPB Bempton Cliffs
The visit to Bempton also afforded us the opportunity to meander across the Yorkshire Wodds and through picturesque villages such as Boynton, Grindale, Buckton and Bempton.

The reserve sits up a single track road that leads to the cliffs from the village of Bempton. That road was busy with traffic moving from one passing place to the next. When we arrived the overflow car park was already nearly full indicating it was a busy day at the reserve. The only cost involved in the trip was paying for the parking and at a cost of £5 to park it represented great value for a day out. If your an RSPB member the parking is free. Bempton does have a station on the Hull to Scarborough Railway Line and the reserve is about a mile and a half from so visiting on foot is possible

Puffin at RSPB Bempton Cliffs
The reserve has a small visitor centre, cafe and toilet which stands about 100 metres back from the cliff edge. Gravelled paths then lead down to the cliff edge and decked viewing platforms. The great thing about the Bempton Reserve is that the birds are only a matter of a few feet away clinging to the cliffs and as they soar past on the coastal breeze. 

You can't help but be impressed by seeing such large birds as gannets in their thousands at such close range. The Puffins are a little more elusive being small, fast- moving and living in burrows but if your patient you do see them. Many other birds such as Guillemots and Kittiwakes also call the cliffs home.

I visited the reserve many times before and will do so again. Regardless of the impressive wildlife the cliff top setting giving views along the coast from Flamborough to Filey makes this a great place to visit.

The RSPB Bempton web pages can be found here - 

Gannet coming to land at RSPB Bempton Cliffs

Towards Flamborough

A Gannet conducting the bird noise at RSPB Bempton

Remote viewing by birdcam at RSPB Bempton

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Monday, 10 March 2014

March Meanderings

A day off gave me the chance to meander across the Yorkshire Wolds seeking some photo opportunities.

View back towards the eastern end of Millington Pastures

Chalkstream near Warter

Small pond created by the impoundment of Millington Beck

Bridge over Millington Beck at the entrance to 
Sylvan Dale from Millington Pasture

View from the western entrance to Millington Pastures

Red Kite near Warter

Master of all he surveys

Chalkstream at Kirkburn

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Wolds 123 - A Yorkshire Wolds Sportive

A Sportive billed as a chance to warm up for the Grand Depart of the Tour de France that takes place just a week later has just  been announced. The "Wolds 123" is taking place on June 29th 2014 and sets off from and returns to The KP Club at Kilnwick Percy. As the name suggests the ride takes in 123km of fabulous Yorkshire Wolds countryside.

My personal experiences of cycling on the Yorkshire Wolds tell me that this will be a great ride. Full details can be found here -