|Small walking up the slope. The camera really makes that jacket look very purple!|
|Female speckled wood butterfly|
|Approaching a former railway intersection|
|Which way now? Intersection of two former railway lines. Here, ours passed over the other, which was part of the Great Central Railway to Nostell Junction and the East Coast Mainline Doncaster-Leeds.|
|Ox Eye Daisy and Red Clover|
|Wetland area seen from the railway embankment|
|Wild grasses. Small took this one|
|No idea what this plant is. Anyone?|
|Graffiti on old abutment|
|Another old abutment|
I stopped taking photos at this point as we were nearly at the end of our walk, and plus housemate had just phoned me to see if I'd seen a horse, which I hadn't. We'd heard one, but had assumed (incorrectly) that it had gone off another way. Apparently one had ditched its rider and bolted off somewhere.
The path dips down onto a concrete road just past here, which goes right down into the woods, or left under the road bridge from where the railway continued to Hare Park bridge and on to Crofton Junction.
We crossed the concrete road and on up the slope, which brings you to the road. A little hedged path takes you along the roadside to a little parking area where housemate was waiting for us. This end of the walk is also on the Wakefield-Hemsworth bus route, and there's a bus stop just down the road - go left over the road bridge instead of right to the parking area.
There was certainly plenty of opportunity for educational discussion on this walk, from plant and butterfly species to the history of the railway and the mines the area once had. We must tick off all the living things we saw in our "spotters" books.
Until next time. x