Searching for signs of Spring.

On Saturday we braved The Mini Beast Of The East and headed to Cumbria to visit family. We also packed in two short walks with our labrador Hugo. I kept my camera handy to record any burgeoning signs that Spring might just be making an appearance. ๐Ÿ™‚

First stop , Kirkby Lonsdale. This small market town on the edge of the Lake District sits on the banks of the River Lune. An easy stroll from the free car park at Devil’s Bridge takes you along the waterside and up into the town centre.

Devil’s Bridge, Kirkby Lonsdale.
Male Goosander.
Pussy Willow.

The only climb is the ’86’ Radical Steps that lead up to ‘Ruskin’s View’ , a beautiful vista painted by Turner and described by John Ruskin as ” the loveliest view in England”. The steep stone steps also take you to St Mary’s Churchyard, which was adorned with a delightful carpet of crocuses when we visited.

St Marys Churchyard.
Ruskin’s View takes in the river Lune.
Male Blackbird.
Such a bonnie house. I think I take a picture of it every time I visit.

The cold weather has meant that the snowdrops here in the North are still in good form! Whilst they continue to bloom, Winter has stubbornly decided to hang on I think. As we headed further up the M6 , the countryside turned whiter and the world got windier.

Snow near Shap.
Dacre Bear.

Our second walk was later in the afternoon and started off in the pretty village of Dacre, about two miles north of Pooley Bridge. Four stone bears can be seen amongst the gravestones in St Andrews graveyard ( they are not very bear like now! ) and it is claimed that they once rested on the four corners of Dacre’s 14th Century Castle keep.

Could this be the Mini Beast From The East??

The only daffodil in flower that we saw was one solitary yellow trumpet in Dacre. Looking back to this time last year, the nearby village of Askham where my Mum lives was positively trumpeting. Not so in 2018…yet ! We continued on our way amongst snow flurries, bitter cold winds and odd spells of bright sunshine, along the estate path towards Dalemain Mansion. I wrote a post last year about our visit to the gardens here.

Deer park, Dalemain.

Although its a nice dog walk from Dacre to Dalemain, the estate does not allow four-legged friends to accompany you into the house, gardens or cafรฉ. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ So we tried to warm up outside with a steaming hot coffee and a delicious slab of ginger cake spread with marmalade. Dalemain is famous for its annual Marmalade Awards and Festival, and it was actually near to the end of the first day of this years festival, when we arrived. If your in the area today, the weekend of marmalade tasting continues. I bought a small jar of Jane’s Marmalade. Jane is the Lady Marmalade of the house apparently.

Crocus and Aconites.
Fallow Deer.
Heading back to Dacre. The 14th century Castle is just ahead.

These two short walks added up to six miles and it was lovely to see some small signs of Spring what has been an unusually cold March.

Walking in Clitheroe this morning.

Of course things are back to the norm, back home in Lancashire today. Yet more snow!

What signs of Spring have you seen in your neck of the woods?

I am linking up with Jo’s Monday Walks so do pop by her lovely blog. X

28 thoughts on “Searching for signs of Spring.”

  1. Lovely to see your walks and your gorgeous dog! I am ashamed to say I have been nesh and stayed inside other than to pop our to feed the birds. You have inspired me to go for a proper walk tomorrow when I think it will be a bit less painfully cold!
    That ginger cake looks lovely too!

    1. We needed that brew, thats for sure. And the cake was lovely. I had never thought of spreading marmalade on ginger cake before..but it worked! Hope you get to go on a nice walk. X

  2. Lovely photos. No signs of spring here ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Winter is determined to cling on. As somebody put on Facebook the other day, ‘It’s like winter keeps coming back into the room to say “…and one more thing!” ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. You are absolutely right! We are so over it now. I really want to see some blackthorn blossom. Its usually making an appearance by now. X

  4. Lovely walks. There are lots of crocuses flowering in Liverpool and as they are coming to an end, the daffodils are starting to bloom. I’m sure the warm weather will come back soon. It felt very springlike the beginning of last week. We’ve yet to see snow though ๐Ÿ˜ฆ xx

    1. The snow has had its day now here I say. Think I have had to much of a good thing. Can’t wait to see the daffs in bloom. I am glad you have had some springlike weather. Great for walks! X

  5. Not many obvious signs of spring round here just now other than the gorse coming into flower on the golf course. The unopened crocuses which I took a photo of last month for my other blog have been finished off by the ‘beast from the east’ before even managing to flower properly ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we get some milder and sunnier weather for Easter ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Poor crocuses. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
      Think it is supposed to get milder this week.
      I love Gorse. Its one of those shrubs that tends to flower all year round. X

  6. Glad I spotted your tweet! I don’t always check. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ We’ve actually got a bit of blue sky this morning but the wind still whistles. Our group is supposed to be going down the Moors but not sure if they will. The daffs think it’s Spring. The heather’s not so sure cos it’s under snow. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Oooh that will be a bracing walk! Blue sky here too. If you go you will see big skies and gorse in flower. Make sure you incorporate a hot brew into your walk. X

  7. I keep hoping for signs of Spring now the snow has gone (hopefully that’ll be it for now!) We’ve got a couple of hyacinths struggling through and 3 lone daffodils have made it through the ground so far. I can’t wait for more though, to properly feel Spring-like!

  8. The snowdrops are still around here too, daffodils are still in bud and largely looking sorry for themselves after all the snow we had! The cherry tree in the neighbouring garden usually blossoms by now but I have seen any blossom anywhere yet! We still have snow and ice on the ground and it is still very cold at the moment here with morning car defrosting!

    This looks like a really nice walk, I enjoyed seeing your photos!

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