Bea, her husband Terry, Amanda and I made the long 260 mile round trip yesterday for a 7?? mile walk with 1,440ft of ascent based on the National Trust’s Longshaw Estate and the nearby Burbage Moor/Higger Tor/Carl Wark. The drive up was fairly uneventful although we had our closest ever view of a Red Kite when one swooped down in front of us on the A1 near Stamford – a near miss. When we arrived at the NT car park at about 10:00 it was already fairly full as they were staging an Easter egg hunt for children and face painting – we didn’t take part! We soon set off to escape the worst of the crowds and do the first leg of what was to be a figure-of-eight walk, returning to the vistor centre/caf?? for lunch/toilets just before noon. We thought we might avoid the queues but it remained busy throughout the day. The bird picture (later confirmed as Siskins) was taken of the feeders just outside the caf??. Like us, they too had to queue to get a meal with only 6 perches available and many birds waiting their turn in the branches.
Suitably refreshed, we set off for perhaps the more enjoyable leg of the walk out onto Burbage Edge, returning via Higger Tor (an interesting scramble on the descent) and Carl Wark (iron age fort). Bea wanted to explore so we diverted from the planned route around Carl Wark to go over it instead – a minor climb up and down the other side.
Returning to the caf??, we enjoyed tea & cake/scones before setting off at about 4:00pm for the drive home. The weather wasn’t a great as recently and was largely grey/misty in parts but at least the sun broke through whilst we were having afternoon tea.