Thank you Hazy! A circular walk round Hartington

You don't get Dippers near me, so once a year I have been going to Dovedale with a friend to have a good walk and also look out for Dippers on the river.  Having seen Hazy's thread (and James photos as well), I suggested to my friend that we visit Hartington this year instead.  It's only a few miles away from Dovedale, but actually  much quieter.  Hazel kindly provided me with directions and off we went.  I'm not sure whether we did the exact same route as you Hazy but I am sure it will have been very similar.  It was the three dales walk - Beresford Dale, Wolfescote Dale and Biggin Dale.

We didn't arrive until 10.30 am and our first stop was the cafe in the Post Office for a latte to fortify us for the walk.  Once we set off if wasn't far across the fields to a wooded area and we were just in time to see a Heron land in a tree top.

It wasn't far to the river and we were lucky enough to see a Dipper busy fishing amongst the rocks.

The next Dipper we saw was sat obligingly on a branch (under a very dark tree!) but it was totally unphased by us and another family of five that came along and were watching it.  It was clearly aware of us but never moved a muscle!

We eventually came out into more open land, the river still running by the side of the path and we carried on some time enjoying the scenery until we decided it was time to stop for a picnic.

As we were eating, I was telling my friend that Hazy had seen Wall butterflies in this area and wouldn't we be lucky if we found one too, especially as I've never seen this species before.  I didn't really think we would see one, especially as it was quite cloudy, but we had hardly got set off walking again before my friend Lynn spotted an orangy- coloured butterfly and I could hardly believe my luck when I saw it was a Wall butterfly resting on..... a wall!

We reached the end of this stretch of path and turned to start on quite a stoney stretch leading up the hill just stopping to say hello to some sheep on the way!

When we reached the top we walked along a path with stone walls on each side and there were lots of the Wall butterflies on the stones or on the dusty pathway. 

We then came across a Painted Lady and another Wall butterfly very close to each other on the path.

We were nearly at the end of our walk now - just a short stretch through a field full of cows.  Not particularly my thing, but having come more than five miles by now, I wasn't about to turn round and go back,  It chose this moment for the heavens to open and as I got my cagoule out of my rucksack, getting ever nearer to the cows, I did remark to my friend that I was glad my cagoule wasn't red.  "No, but mine is!" she laughed as she put it on.

Cows safely negotiated, we descended the hill back down to the village just in time to get to the tea shop for another latte before it closed.

No Spotted Flycatchers for us, but then you have to leave something for another time, don't you?

So thanks again, Hazel, we really enjoyed our day out.

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