bolete, butterfly, cat's-ear, Climbing Corydalis, common ragwort, Forestry Commission, Fox-and-cubs, fungus, heather, lady's-mantle, lichen, moss, pixie-cup lichen, ringlet, walking, Whinlatter Forest, wild flowers
Alice came to visit us on the last day of our holiday in the Lake District. We met her off the train in Penrith at about 10.00 am and took her back to our rented cottage for a cup of tea. After catching up with all her news we took her to Whinlatter Forest which we had visited briefly earlier in the week, as Elinor wanted to show it to her sister.
Not only are there a number of tracks through the woods for walking and mountain biking but they also have segways for hire too. There are trails designed to appeal to small children and zip wires and swinging on ropes for very active people.
Alice is a fast walker so she and Richard went ahead. I am forever on the lookout for interesting plants and insects and take lots of photos and Elinor can’t walk fast or far so we both kept together.
You can see how small these little cups are by comparing them with the pine needles next to them.
The reason I really wanted to get a photograph of it was that I thought it looked like a Ringlet butterfly but they usually have eye-spots on their wings. I have since done some research and I believe it is likely to be a Ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus) as sometimes they are seen without eye-spots. What is confusing is that all references to Ringlets state that they aren’t found in the north-west of England! I am sending my inadequate photo to ukbutterflies.co.uk to see what they make of it.
We returned to the carpark and went into the café and had a drink and a sandwich. We took Alice back to our cottage for a while until it was time for her to catch her train to Sheffield. We spent the rest of the day cleaning the cottage and packing for our journey home the following day.
Thanks for visiting!