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Outdoors
A song thrush

Summer is gradually mellowing into autumn

Where have all the maggots gone? Decades ago, mother placed my blackberries in a pan of salty water to draw out maggots prior to washing and cooking them. Nowadays we don’t see any! Mind you, I tend to eat dozens straight from the hedgerows, so maybe I’ve eaten a good many. Both Tigga and myself can’t resist them.

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A popular walk with remarkable sea views

A popular walk with remarkable sea views

One of our favourite local walks departs from Cloughton - a pleasant village which lies six miles north-west of Scarborough and is easily accessed by bus or private transport. This popular short walk of about four miles starts from the northern end of Cloughton.

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A lovely linear route from Lockton to Levisham

A lovely linear route from Lockton to Levisham

I think many people prefer a linear walk to a circular route. I certainly do nowadays, unless I’m very familiar with the area. A direct, linear route means you can relax without referring to a map. Consequently, you can chat to fellow walkers; turn back when you’ve had enough; have no fear of getting lost, or blocked paths due to lack of maintenance. Just stride out and enjoy the freedom.

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View of Sandsend near Whitby.

Visit the picturesque village of Sandsend

Whitby is often referred to as the jewel in the east coast crown. Its beautiful beaches of golden sand stretch all the way to the appropriately-named Sandsend. Popular it may be for bathers and surfers too, but there’s more to Sandsend than first meets the eye.

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Purple loosestrife

A rewarding discovery in the early hours

Do you have problems sleeping or waking up at all hours? We do, and hot humid weather doesn’t help. I get up, make a small cup of tea, and sit by the window. This can prove rewarding, as Michael recently discovered.

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The view from Estell Lane looking towards Troutsdale.

Discover unspoilt beauty of Troutsdale

Troutsdale was my first experience of cycling locally, when I first came to live in Scarborough. The memories remain after almost 60 years! Troutsdale is a treasure lying roughly south-west of Langdale End. Both Troutsdale and Rosekirk Dale Fens were given the status of Site of Special Scientific Interest in 1984. These two fen systems lie in the narrow upper reaches of Troutsdale and show examples of spring and flush fen flora in the local area where springs emanate from the Corallian Limestone. Such fen systems are restricted to areas in Norfolk, Oxfordshire, Anglesey and the North York Moors, therefore they are nationally rare.

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A handsome male bullfinch.

Birds fall silent as moulting season begins

Feathers, feathers and more feathers! Feathers have a limited life and need to be replaced, so they’re periodically shed and renewed. This is known as moulting. All birds moult at least once a year, usually after breeding and before migration when brand new feathers are an advantage.

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Blue sow thistle

Identification of mystery plant is solved

As summer ticks by, now is the time to examine your pets for ticks. These are small parasitic arachnids that live on the skin of warm-blooded mammals and suck blood from their tissues. They are present in sheep pasture and woodlands, just waiting for a possible host to come along.

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View of Great Fryup Dale from Lealholmside

An enchanting walk round Great Fryup Dale

Great Fryup may suggest a good old, full English breakfast. The name sounds attractive, but I’m afraid it has no connection with cooking. You’d better enjoy your eggs, bacon and mushrooms before you depart.

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