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By GrahamColling

Sunset at River Brathay

A vey long and busy day.  it started at 4:30 am with an early rise so I could travel the M6 before the normal rush hour traffic around Manchester and Preston.  Then it was cross country to the delightful town of Ilkley.  A visit to a friend and colleague, some work, some chat and a long walk over the moor that dominates the town on the best day of the year so far.

Late afternoon I started the next section of drive, stopping at Bolton Abbey for a quick photo opportunity.  The thing that stood out for me was a walk along the river Wharfe and spotting dippers, sandpipers and a kingfisher in short order.  Add to that the memorable sound of curlews and it was a really pleasurable pit stop.

Then a final journey to Ambleside in the Lake District.  I arrived in time for a quick walk along the River Brathay towards Elterwater just as the sun set behind the Langdale Pikes.  Tomorrow promises to be a day 'up high', bagging a few Wainwrights with a good friend.

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