Day 1 | Train Trip

The other week I was fortunate enough to recieve a free weekend's travel from Northern Rail to make up for delays and being rubbish etc. I emailed my good friends James and Robert, and after a few weeks planning (by them) this weekend was time for the excursion!
       We were up bright and early on Saturday morning, planning to go to Askham bog, and set off for the station at 6.30 am. Unfortunately, by the time we arrived at the station James had vomitted up most of his insides and so he decided to head back to Robert's. At the station we met up with Emma, Robert's friend and the three of us pondered what to do now. After looking at the leaflet for a space of 5 seconds Emma and I decided that Appleby looked nice so a couple of hours later and after a hopeless search for a map, we set off for Cumbria. The journey between Leeds and Appleby was stunning, and was a successful nature trip in it's own right with Green Woodpecker and Fox. Three and a half hours later, we arrived at our destination. Within 30 minutes of leaving the station the day had already peaked with a surprising Red Squirrel being spotted by Robert. It was very obliging, much more-so than any I had seen before and I even managed to get an (albeit crap) record shot with my iPad! After this we carried on through the woods for a while, eventually arriving at a farm with a river running next to it, which yielded a stunning Grey Wagtail but not much else.
        A quick stop for lunch, and then it was on to the castle. Unfortunately, yet again our plans fell through as this was closed so we decided to return to the woodland to try for another look at Red Squirrel, but to no avail. Nuthatch and Treecreeper were a nice end to the day though, along with a second Fox for the day!

iPad Red Squirrel record shot

Train-trip Day 2 to follow!

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