Sunday, 17 December 2017

NWNU Mosses and Lichens Walk from Penyghent Gill to Slit Cave and Snorkel Cave

11 November 2017: The North West Naturalists Union Lower Plants group organises a trip once a month. Occasionally they get across into Yorkshire.  In fact this trip is conveniently in the catchment of the River Wharfe so that it can form part of Gordon Haycock's survey of the Mosses of Wharfedale.
Studying mosses as we leave the cars 
at Pen-y-ghent Gill near Giants Grave.

On the way we search for Zygodon gracilis  It does look like other Zygodons but is a bit bigger.
As we study mosses in a wet flush, a fleet of four  four-wheel drives go past.

A lichen on limestone

Cladonia pyxidata on acid rock in wall

Look how there are more lichens on the tops of the wall. The stones here are mostly sandstone from the Yoredale series, with occasional limestone stones included. See the sheepfold lower down. We will later have lunch on the green grass in the shelter of the wall near the sheep fold.

Splendid fossil in the wall - Colonial fossils

More fossils
Here is some Hypogymnia on sandstone
Physcia dubia
See how the mosses are growing below the post.  
This repeated itself all the way along the wall, 
over and over again.

I know! It is because birds perch on the posts 
and add extra nutrients

Indeed look what is growing on the post - The filamentous alga Klebsormidium crenulatum! It is growing on the SE side - but also on the "underside" of the sloping post, where more water and nutrients may drain to.

And on the top wall stone - evidence of birds themselves

With a piece of Xanthoria parietina (orange lichen)

We descended past Slit Cave - Those slippery wooden slats on the stream bed at the left of the picture cover..  a hole.

I find this strange fungus - Cordyceps - growing out af an insect it has parasitized

Her is bird's-eye Primrose - on 11 11 2017 -November!!

And we continue down, down down the side gill

Another lichen

And another on the first tree we have come across, at the bottom of the gill - Hypogymnia physodes.

We meet the Penyghent Gill Stream at the bottom and then have a long vigorous 3km walk back along the side of the gill whilst daylight lasted. I slither to a horizontal position in the mud at one point objecting violently..( but it does mean that I later give my jacket a long needed wash) We return to the cars as night falls.  Thank you  Gordon for organising the event and thank you to the others - Mike, Sam and Clare for coming.  

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Settle and Lakeland Voices on the Settle Carlisle Line - 9 Dec 2017 - Pictures and videos.

Happy Christmas 2017 all!!

Two choirs meet:
Settle Voices:  Settle to Ribblehead Station and back..
Lakeland Voices: Langwathby to Ribblehead to Settle to Langwathby..

(See record of some earlier years - just the Settle part

Settle Voices meet and sing at Settle Railways Station at 10.15 on Sat 9th Dec 2017. There is snow on the fields, but the station platform has been cleared. And there are sherry and mince-pies inside the waiting room.

This is a Judith and Althea (in red) adventure 
Meanwhile, Judith, the photographer, nips off to the
Operatic Society Coffee Morning (not shown)
(where I win some smelly body lotions stuff on the tombola)

 then to the Catholic Craft Fayre : above
(where I win a mystery raffle prize yet to be claimed)
and buy a Christmas Cake

Then off to Giggleswick Parish Church Christmas Event,
where I win a small bottle of water on the tombola. Hmmm did not make much on that...

Giggleswick Church

By 1.40pm the choir have  crossed the platform and are about to alight on the train to Ribblehead
Singing on the train:

 Here we meet the Lakeland Voices and crammed into the waiting room.
David led the singing in the Waiting Room.--

Ribblehead Waiting Room
 The singers sang silent night in four different languages. 
I met a real passenger in the adjacent room /cafe staffed by volunteers. - A young Latvian lady working in IT in Birmingham .. She was up for a walking weekend at Settle to see more of the UK - and had just climbed Whernside that morning.  I tried (but failed) to get her to go and sing "Silent night" in Latvian.

While some singers ate Christmas Cake and cheese at the railway station, other brave souls trecked down the icy track across to the pub

Where we entertained those having lunch.

We left the pub

and walked up the track back to the station

And what is this green velvety alga growing on the fence-posts?

Why, it's the green filamentous alga Klebsormidium crenulatum.  The presence of this alga shows that there is nitrogen pollution in the air: (NO2 or Ammonia). We are a long way from where it may be coming from - the pig farms and intensive farming of East Yorshire, and from the motorways , car full roads and industries of West Yorkshire and Lancashire - but  the heavy rainfall, drizzle - and today  fine snow - that capture the NO2 from the air,  mean  that the Pennines get more NO2 pollution than the lowlands. It acts like a fertilizer for this alga which grows especially well.

Look out for Klebsormidium on your walks.

Returning to Ribblehead Station

We have a good trip down on the train, singing on the way.

Then at Settle we repair to the Royal Oak

David Burbidge of Sedbergh leads the Lakeland Voices in a rendering of the Slovenian Folk carol that Sedbergh's twin town in Slovenia taught them.

A group from Lancashire sing their joyful carols
Two views
-yes they have a big morror at the Royal Oak

At 6.30 the Lakeland Voices have soup at the Royal Oak..

..whilst Settle voices go over the road to take part in Settle Parish Church Community Carol Concert..

Seems a long time since we set off this morning

Big thanks to our leaders - Janet Russell and David Burbidge

(See record of some earlier years - just the Settle part)

Friday, 8 December 2017

40 Teashops & Eating places within 2.6 miles of Settle

Fancy a cup of coffee? You're in luck at Settle. 

42 Places within 3 miles of Settle!!   .. and the total is growing ..

I list all 42 lower down this post.  - I keep adding a place every few weeks.

 Place Number 13: Settle Railway Station. On Sat 9th Dec there will be  mince pies and sherry ( donations welcome) at 10am onwards -and the chance to hear Settle Voices singing folk carols at 10am  before they set off  on the train for Ribblehead (and more events at the station during the Open Day)
Right: Enjoying the Christmas Food at Settle Station Open Day 2016

Above: 10 December 2016 - Jumpy filming - but meaningful words

Below: 13 Dec 2014 - this makes a good story. 

Pen y Ghent will be white like this on 9 Dec.
(It is long so you may wish to skip the middle two thirds.)

Then in the afternoon (not sure what time) they'll be joined by Lakeland Voices and be singing in...

the Lion -


Place number 1: St John's Tuesday coffee  mornings 10-12

Place number 1: Settle Methodist Church BD24 9JH
: 10am-12midday - There is coffee every Tuesday - but the first Tuesday of the month it is always for charity


Place number 42: Coffee available from 5.30am!! - Lamberts: Newsagents on the Marketplace: 

 Lamberts has an outside  Notice board with small adds.

It's Settle FlowerPot Festival time of year - and Lamberts has a Liquorice Allsort Man!.

Place number 41: Opened on 27 June 2017: The Courtyard Dairy

Upstairs is the cafe
The shop
 This is 3.4 miles from the centre of Settle - so maybe not within the 2.6 mile definition.. But it's such a fine place I must include it:
See my blogpost 

Place number 40:-. Brand new Opened on 21 June 2017: The Coffee- House at The Folly
This picture was taken on 19 June -
as the electricians make final touches
to the new Coffee-house

Inside a Sneak preview
picture taken two days before opening:-
There are two coffee rooms.. 

Ivy-leaved Toadflax growing near the door.

Place number 13. Settle Railway Station
Shop at Settle Railway Station -
serve Drinks of Tea and Local Ice-cream

Place number 20: 3 Peaks (Cycle Shop) Cafe

Three Peaks Cycle shop -New  Cafe -
Opening times || Picture of inside of cafe
Place number 8:. The Singing Kettle, Settle
The Singing Kettle, Settle

5.  Poppies Tea Room

Poppies Tea Room


We may be losing our local schools and petrol stations (and even pubs) .. but ..

Settle residents and visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to partaking of tea or coffee.

Early-late evening meals: 16 places within 2.6 miles of Settle 

Cup of tea/coffee/cakes on a Tuesday morning within Settle itself (excluding even Giggleswick): 17 places (or 20 including take-aways).  Not bad for a resident population of c.4500 (including Settle, Giggleswick, Langcliffe and Stainforth)

Places nearby but outside Settle include (distances from Settle Market Place) : The Courtyard - 1.7 miles, Craven Arms (1.3 miles) The Knights Table. Little Stainforth (2.6 miles), The Craven Heifer, Stainforth (2.4 miles)

A big thank you to all the visitors who support our shops!!!.


6. Settle Down Cafe

Settle Down Cafe

Tuesday Mornings only:-
  1. Settle Methodist Ch. Tuesday Coffee Morning 10-12
  2. Settle Angl Ch. Tuesday Coffee & Lunches 10-13.30
  3. Traidcraft Tuesday 10-12 Friends Meeting House
  4. Victoria Hall  Tuesday 10.00-15.00 Coffee and Bacon Butties.

    Sunday Afternoons only:-
  5. Langcliffe Teas in Summer - Langcliffe Inst  2-4.30pm. *****

    All Week Days, and sometimes Sundays:-
  6. Lay of the Land Garden Centre 
  7. Poppies Tea Rooms   10.00-15.00  (Wed Closed)
  8. Singing Kettle
  9. Naked Man Cafe             Longridge ice-cream
  10. Settle Down Cafe
  11. 3 Peaks Cycle Shop Cafe
  12. Limestone View Cafe
  13. Settle Railway Station
  14. The Fisherman 11.30-20.30
  15. Fish and Chip Shop Cafe at the Shambles 11.30-19.30 (Cafe) 11.30-20.30 (shop). Yorks Tea
  16. Watershed Mill (really in Langcliffe Parish)
  17. Car and Kitchen
  18. Bar 13  3pm-11pm Internet Cafe
  19. The Falcon Hotel
  20. The Folly Coffee-House 9.30am - 4.30pm Mon- Sat and 10.30am - 4.30 on Sunday

  21. Talbot Arms - open all day
  22. The Royal Oak   Lunch 12-2.30pm and evenings
  23. The Lion  All Day

    Take Away:
  24. Forage and Feast      9-3.30pm M,T Th,F  9-1pm W, Sa
  25. Settle (Coop) Petrol Garage 7-11pm 
  26. Booths - Coffee
  27. Lambert's newsagents on the Market Place 5.30am-5pm

    Take Away / Evening restaurants:
  28. Dales Pizza 824411 Take Away and Delivery
  29. Ruchees
  30. R. Spice - Indian on the Market Place    5-10pm F, Sa 5-11pm
  31. China Choice - Take away (no tea/coffee)  825825  5pm-11pm (Fri,Sa -middnight)
  32. Italian - Basement of the Shambles    824929 (5-9pm). Summer June-Aug also 12-3pm)
  33. Griddle and Sizzle     5-9pm T,Th,Fr,Sa,Su  M,T closed. 822277
  34. Little House              W,Th, F, Sa, Su from 6pm Closed Mo Tu 823963
  35. The Craven Arms     (weekends and evenings) 
  36. The Black Horse 
  37. The Hart's Head        12pm-9pm
  38. The Tuck shop -        Well Ice cream--  and Fizzy drinks - no coffee,

    Within three miles of Settle:  
  39. The Courtyard
  40. Knights Table - Little Stainforth    BD24 0DP 822200 9.00-21.00
  41. The Craven Heifer, Stainforth
  42.  The Courtyard Dairy, Beyond north end of Settle Bypass  LA2 8AS - View: Google Maps.

Population (2011 Census) Settle:2560 Giggleswick 1270, Langcliffe: 231 (total S,G,L: 4061) 
Stainforth: 231. We also have two large caravan sites (not included)

The Talbot Arms has just had its doorposts painted for you.

Enjoy the beer garden at the back of the Talbot

Post first started 24 May 2017 but is frequently updated - latest update: 12 July