After returning to Lyn’s house for a post-parkrun coffee with her and Robert (and to collect some cheese) we headed up to Leighton Moss Bird Reserve for lunch. It was heaving with people, and we had to park by the roadside. However, the café had a free table and the shop provided a squirrel proof bird feeder by way of a Christmas present for me – or should that be for our garden birds?
Ian and Rona were at home in Arnside as predicted. Cooking duties prevented Rona from joining us, but Duncan was at his parents’ house and came along on a romp up Arnside Knott.
It was a particularly clear day with fine views deep into the Lake District.
We started beside the Kent Estuary, with the tide rapidly ebbing.
The views widened as we soared up the gentle ascent of Arnside Knott.
A viewpoint was soon reached. We thought we could see right through the Lake District to Skiddaw in the superb visibility.
The low sun provided good reflections in Morecambe Bay.
We were, of course, obliged to visit the summit, getting 2019 off to a good ‘hill start’.
A quick romp down, then we picked up the car from Ian and Rona’s house and spent a happy hour with Conrad (aka Sir Hugh), whose tea and biscuits were much appreciated. Thanks Conrad, and it was great to see you looking in such good form. Have a great 2019.
Here’s our route – 7 km with 165 metres ascent, taking about 1.75 hours. Always a pleasure.