Bird Bans and Stone Circles

Saturday started out beautifully, but cold, so we made the long journey west to try some new low lying destinations near Eskdale.

After much deliberation, we chose Branthrake Crag, only to find the Bird Ban notice at the start of the track. At least we hadn’t walked very far. However, by the time we did get back to car and spent twenty minutes reading the guide book looking for an alternative venue, the clouds had come in thick and fast and it was pretty cold.

We decided to abandon climbing for the day.

On the way home we took a detour to see Swinside Stone Circle.

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It’s pretty good, and Pete managed to get a mini route in!

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We also went to Ulverston to try and see the new Laurel and Hardy statue, but it was busy, so we didn’t stop.

Stonehenge & Avebury

Laetitia listens to the complimentary audio information
Laetitia listens to the complimentary audio information

We thought we’d escaped the torrential rain at home in Cumbria with a trip to Portland for help celebrate the CC’s launch party of the acclaimed new Portland guidebook. Unfortunately the wet weather had caught us up by Sunday morning and even the “promised” sunny south coast was wet!

So, having travelled so far we thought we check out some local tourist attractions … Stonehenge and the stone circle at Avebury.

"I wonder if they'd notice if I climbed this one?"
'I wonder if they'd notice if I climbed this one?'
Avebury stone circle
Avebury stone circle
Who thought it was 'okay' to put a road through an ancient monument?

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