Monday, 8 June 2015

Friday Afternoon - Appleton-le-Moors and Sinnington

The first hot day of summer, but as we neared Appleton at nearly 4 o'clock the temperature fell back to a more reasonable level, which was very pleasant for walking. The woods between Appleton, Sinnington and Cropton make my favourite spring walks. However this year I was rather late for the best of the spring flowers.
Columbine - Aquilegia vulgaris, surprisingly growing in the edge of an arable field
The path through the woods lined with Ramsons - Allium ursinum - on such a warm day it made a garlic scented walk through the woods
 Bugle - Ajuga reptans
 A beautiful old gate going to nowhere
 Wild Holly - Ilex aquifolium it looks as though it will be a good year for berries
 The River Seven at Sinnington
I thought this was a recent sundial as I did not remember seeing it before. However after some research it would appear that I was wrong and that there has been a sundial on the bridge since 1769. 
The bridge is a listed building and the listing in November 1953 states "The south-west pier has
no cap but carries a sundial made by Richardson of Helmsley and dated 1769". I can't think that this is the original sundial, but it must be a replacement. Further comment suggests that there are only four bridges in the British Isles that have sundials on them.
 A meadow which is open access land at present

Early Purple Orchid - Orchis mascula - there was a nice patch of these in flower, but a week earlier would have been better
Marsh Thistle - Cirsium palustre


  1. Nice photos John, it looks a really nice place for walking.

  2. Nice post, just catching up on what people have been doing this week, I have been making the most of the weather too and have been out most evenings after work.
    Have only ever seen Columbine growing in gardens, will this plant be a "wild"one ?
    Nice to see the Orchid, we have northern marsh orchids growing on the chevin, still not properly out yet. You should read through "Orchids,Nature and My Outdoor Life" blog, he's on my blog list near the bottom, been all over looking at orchids and wild flowers, great to read through his older posts if you get the chance.
    Amanda xx