Spring walks: Clarkson’s Wood in the afternoon of Sunday 14th May

Posted on 18th May 2017

Rain overnight, but by the time of the walk a brisk wind with sun and scudding clouds.

Naturally, whilst gathering for the walk, the talk turned to the previous night’s Eurovision which was the usual mix of exciting, boring, and completely bonkers;

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Spring walks: Saltburn Gill, Wednesday 3rd April in the afternoon.

Posted on 7th May 2017

A gloriously sunny day with a chill wind in the car park, but very sheltered once into the woods.

We set off from the car park to stand near the water treatment works, where once lime kilns and a cottage with

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Spring walks: Hagg Wood, Sunday 30th April 2017 in the afternoon

Posted on 2nd May 2017

A slightly later start than advertised on account of a very slightly geographically-challenged walk leader, but as there was a seat sheltered from the wind and it was pleasantly sunny and there were people to chatter to, no-one minded.

Outside of the

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Winter walks: Hagg Wood, morning of Wednesday 8th February 2017

Posted on 10th February 2017

When I checked the walk on Monday it was very muddy. Tuesday it rained; rained on the mud. Mud. No rain on the day, but cold and damp with a chill wind.

Health and safety talk was very much about mud,

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Winter walks: Clarkson’s Wood on the morning and early afternoon of Sunday 29th January.

Posted on 31st January 2017

I drove across the moor road towards Liverton Mines, where we start, and the sunlight across the landscape was glorious with remnants of the overnight frost sparkling here and there.

And so was the walk really: Everything looked like this…

And felt

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Winter walks: Saltburn Gill on the morning of Wednesday 18th January 2017

Posted on 23rd January 2017

The Cat Nab car-park had just been cleared of debris from the recent extreme high tide by Council staff and it was overcast but pleasantly mild for the time of year…a perfect start to pointing at things whilst gently ambling

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A tale of the strange horsetail in the wood

Posted on 21st November 2016

Great Britain has one of the most studied floras in the world but there is still more to find…

Whilst preparing for the walks in Whitecliff Wood this summer with the group from the Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum I noticed something

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Autumn walks: Saltburn Gill on the morning of Sunday 6th November

Posted on 10th November 2016

It rained so much and was so windy early on Sunday that I half expected Saltburn Gill to have been washed out to sea by the time I arrived at 9.30am in the bottom car park. There was another 15

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Autumn walks: Clarkson’s Wood on the second of November in the morning

Posted on 10th November 2016

An overnight frost with a light breeze led to a chilly wait on the corner of Cleveland Street whilst everyone turned up for the 10am start. After a brief health and safety, followed by a quick whizz through the history

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Autumn walks: Hagg Wood Sunday 23rd October in the morning

Posted on 9th November 2016

We all met up at the north end of Moorsholm (Britain’s best village, Britain in Bloom 2014)  for 10 o’clock on  Sunday morning…this was a bit of a stretch for me, as having been away in America the previous week

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