|Hairy Brome sheath/stem with hairs 1.5mm to 2mm long|
|In the foreground is Sweet Vernal-grass|
|Here in the same field is Wood False-brome|
|More Wood False-brome|
|There is still some Rockrose left - a little dry now. It is growing with Blue Moor-grass|
|The ground seems to be made of rounded limestone cobbles. Fluvio-glacial deposits..|
|A little further on and we are approaching Kilnsey Crag. - Can you see it behind the telegraph pole?|
a) A bike left by the road as some cyclists have a picnic.
b) Climbers at the foot of the crag survey the overhang above.
at this stage I am going to use (with permission) the view from the top of the crag -
taken a few days ago by Andy Holden -
|Looking down to Kilnsey Show field from the top of the crag|
Back at the foot of the crag I note more mundane things- like the importance of stopping people climbing on walls -
|And on the gate nearby some Klebsormidium crenulatum - |
a filamentous alga that is spreading throughout Britain
because the air has increasing amounts of active nitrogen compounds.
|Here by the roadside is Timothy grass. This is only just coming out into flower.|
|In the stream below the Crag is Floating Sweet-grass|
|Floating Sweet-grass Inflorescence|
I carry on past the Arncliffe/Littondale turnoff.
A mile or two before Kettlewell I stop in a passing place. Early flowers have finished but each week still gains a new flower in season. This is one of the few places you can see Bloody Cranesbill on the roadside.
|On the opposite side of the road is a clump of Meadow Oat-grass|
The leaves are stiff and the upper surface whitish.
|and the flower head is stiff and almost a spike.|
|Then there is Yorkshire Fog. - The pinkish grass in the right in the foreground|
|Hmm, quite a backlog of traffic.|
|Over the wall, and with the camera on telephoto you can see Scargill House chapel|
A little further on we approach Kettlewell.
|Almost at Kettlewell. the 3 approaching cyclists (and one behind down the hill) |
seem to be carrying at least the kitchen sink in their luggage.
|In Kettlewel I find Mr Grassman|
I carry on past Buckden
|Looking back to Buckden - they are cutting the silage here.|
|Ah, I see they have filled the holes in in the road.|
|This Reed Canary-grass is quite photogenic - both uphill and downhill.|
|They are expecting people to park and camp here. |
Still - people will have a good view of the cyclists coming up the hill.
Those two meadows on the left are quite high up.
|This cyclist is working hard.|
I drive up past Cray to the summit - well to the flat area between Great Whernside and Buckden Pike.' a flat peaty area of Hare's-tail Cotton-grass. The sun has gone in and it is quite windy and cold.
As i look towards the Wensleydale Catchment I see:-
|Three silage bags looking like cheese. -- |
Well the grass goes to cows, which go to milk, to cheese.