|Another beautiful day - bright, dry and with a little 'nip'
in the air -a perfect autumn day. Thought small in number we set out in good
spirits and enthusiastic for all that the day held in store for us. Paul
Heaton had planned the day and we started off from Oaken Clough Lane at 10
am, sharing cars, armed with binoculars, books, boots and packed lunches.
Our first stop was the Brownhill Information Centre where we browsed
the brochures full of events for the coming winter and spring months next
year. The centre is worthy of a visit with lots of taxidermy of creatures
which inhabit the Medlock and Tame valleys and loads of information about
wildlife sightings. Outside the centre we saw a
yellow/orange buddhlia, an unusual one as none of
the group had seen this colour before. It was a magnet for butterflies and
bumble bees with various species being identified including the
Speckled Wood,Comma,and the
Red Admiral, all having a great time!
From here we walked up the canal to the village of
Uppermill which was surprisingly quiet for a beautiful
Sunday morning before having our picnic lunch.
After this it was forward to Diggle along the Huddersfield canal way. PaulH
spotted a beautifully coloured wild wallflower but was unsure of it's type
and Paul will do further research on this. Lots of
Himalyan Balsam formed an edge
and was surviving well and undisturbed. A few clouds gathered but no rain
(yet). We stopped off at the Diggle Hotel where Diggle
Youth Brass Band entertained us to a high standard. The women lingered here
for a while and the men in the group continued further up hill. The afternoon
was pushing on and rain threatened so the women headed back to the garden
centre for afternoon tea, as planned, and through the wonders of technology
we were able to communicate our intentions to the men who said they would
meet us there. Not long after we set off, the heavens opened and there was
a very heavy shower of rain but, we resisted taking shelter under the canal
bridges along the way as the lemon meringue pie and toasted teacakes beckoned
us from the garden centre at Uppermill. We arrived soggy and dripping but
nothing could dampen our spirits on what had turned out to be a highly successful
and enjoyable day.
Special thanks are due to Paul Heaton for organising the walk.