Swans & Cygnets
Have you seen this year’s Cygnet? This year we have three nesting pairs of swans, and as of the end of May there is one cygnet on the Lough. Watching the new-born from across the water is such a treat. If you enjoy photography, you can get close up on your boat.
This is a difficult time of the year for the waterfowl as their young are susceptible to many prey, including the otter. Do be aware that the parent swans can get protective. Please keep away from the nesting swans.
Have a look at the Wetlands Birds Survey on our website.
You’ll be amazed to find the variety and number of birds who make the Lough their home.
In the woods, the Great Spotted Woodpeckers has welcomed their young. If you are anywhere their nest, you’ll be sure to hear the young.
We hope that you enjoy the Lough and the woods in June, please remember that bread is no good for birds and waterfowl. We can provide you with duck pots which we source from Ark Wildlife, food that designed to provide nutrition to wildlife.
This is also the time of year that tiny toadlets leave the water looking for shade and a cool place to retreat and grow.
Place of Interest – Historic Carlisle
Carlisle and I have known each other just over a decade, and I remain interested. Carlisle wears its heart on its sleeve, from the motto of the City set in mosaic tiles in the entrance to the beautiful Jacobean House to the border enmity being visible in buildings and in stone. Look up at the Old Town Hall, smack bang in the middle of the pedestrian zone and you may have observed that the north face of the clock tower has no clock, because the then City Fathers did not want to give their neighbours the time of day.
Walk through the underpass between Tullie House and the Castle and you cannot help by smile at the venomous sentiments expressed by the departed Bishop of Glasgow of the border folk that included Carlisle.
A good place to start your journey would be in the tourist information centre in the Old Town Hall. There is a lift between the stairs and the Costa Coffee shop.
Explore the Vastness of the Fells – Caldbeck Fell
Caldbeck (Norse for cold water) is a lovely fell village that was once a bustling place with lots of mills. The climb can be as much as 900 feet with amazing views across the Solway.
Places of interest include the Howk – a limestone gorge with waterfalls with the ruins of the old bobbin mill, which must have been a magnificent sight in its heyday with the largest overshot wheel in the country at 3ft wide and 42ft diameter. A path near the Churchyard leads up to the Howk. Please find an easy walk from the Lake District National Park website on the right.
Or find more on our Lake District Walks blog.