What a difference a day makes! Yesterday we walked in bright winter sunshine at Dovedale, today we woke up to a light covering of snow.
We hadn't been to Dovedale for ages as it being a 'honeypot' in the Peak District it is always very busy but yesterday apart from one large walking group, a couple of dog walkers and a couple of fly fishermen it was reasonably quiet.
The sun was so bright as we walked along it was casting a gold shadow over the water of the River Dove.
The water in the river was quite high and had burst over the edges of the bank in some places.
The water was flowing along quite swiftly too.
The well known stepping stones which I used to love jumping across as a child. Yesterday I found them quite challenging.
I did make it across with a supporting hand from my fellow walker. I find age brings with it some challenges and uncertainties. Not feeling as sure footed as I used too, not hearing people or bikes coming up behind me and finding walking towards the winter sun quite challenging.
We walked on along the path, the stark leafless trees looked wonderful against the bright blue sky.
Birds swooped overhead and landed on the bushes up on the slopes. We also saw a dipper on the river and there were plenty of wrens and robins about.
We weren't sure if the birds we saw landing on the bushes were fieldfares or redwings
I only managed a very poor photo and can't tell what it is although we did see fieldfares as we drove down the lanes on the way to Ilam and Dovedale.
We also saw two male pheasants having a scrap.
and lots of fungus on a tree by the river.
It was quite chilly even in the sun and my fingers were getting cold.
It was time to head back to Ilam for coffee and scones at the National Trust cafe before we returned home. It was so good to get out into the fresh air.