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Grey day in Breamish Valley

Well, it was a bit grey in the Breamish Valley today. Still, I did decide to give cycling a go and, having donned my waterproof trousers and jacket, off I set.

Several Greylag geese had settled in a field nearby: on the Telford Farm, one of the first farms I come across as I cycle from Powburn along the Breamish Valley heading towards Ingram.

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By Bulby’s Wood in winter

What a great day it was yesterday. Sun was shining and it had pretty much flashed off any remaining snow on the lanes and fields. So off we went cycling. I’m really just a leisure cyclist – I can’t manage too many hills. And so the Breamish Valley from Powburn is ideal. I thought it would be nice to go and sit…

By Bulby’s Wood

Having cycled from Powburn and through Branton Village, we arrived at the footbridge over the River Breamish at Branton…

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The unfreeze

So…the temperature rose today to a balmy 4 degrees! Consequently, Branton Lakes have pretty much unfrozen. Just a few floating cracks of ice:

Fractured lake

Felt pretty warm walking in the sunshine but pretty cold as soon as you dipped into shade. The Exmoors are a hardy breed…and kept watch on the lakeside.

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Good things in nature

What do you think is good in nature?

  • Active wildlife?
  • Its beauty?
  • The wide range of colours?
  • Something else?

While each of us would probably answer the question in a slightly different way, Dr Miles Richardson and colleagues at the University of Derby1 have identified 10 themes that capture everyday good things in nature that promote a person’s sense of connection to nature:

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Coffee and scones in Winter

Nice place to stop

One of the nicest stops along the Breamish Valley is calling in at Muddy Boots Café.

This was my first visit of the New Year. As always, we received a warm welcome from Jan and Susan. Jan popped on the fan heater so that we could enjoy sitting and cupping our coffee on the soft sofas in the seating area towards the back. I had a delicious cheese scone and my usual cappuccino. Nothing nicer on a cold winter’s day!

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Autumn trees in the Valley

Lots of rain today, so I couldn’t get out on my bike for my usual ride along the Breamish Valley. So, I took a look at some of the photos I’d taken a couple of weeks ago and found these…

…majestic trees in the autumn sunshine with their red, yellow and ochre leaves makes a walk along the River Breamish quite spectacular.

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