Walk: (2) Bempton Cliffs & Langold Lake

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Bempton Cliffs (Picture: Ian Wordsworth)

Because I’ve been so lax with the blog posts just lately, you’re getting a bit of a double whammy this time. Nothing huge, though. We weren’t at either place for very long and it wasn’t really photographing weather.

Back on 8 April, we ventured back to Bempton Cliffs because we’d heard the puffins had arrived. We didn’t plan to spend too long. The poet wanted to try and take some pictures through his spotting scope, but it was so windy the tripod simply wasn’t substantial enough to support the extra weight of the camera.

We didn’t really see many puffins either. We saw 4 in flight, 1 on the water, and 2 in a cliff cave – but they kept bobbing in and out of view.

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Bempton Cliffs (Picture: Ian Wordsworth)

 

Meanwhile, a few days later, he picked himself up a right little bargain as he walked through the market. He saw a sturdy tripod on one of the second-hand stalls, and he told himself if it cost 20 quid, he’d buy it …

Well, it was £2! So he snapped it up and was delighted to see that it even came with a box.

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Langold Lake (Picture: Ian Wordsworth)

So now we can go back again as soon as the weather is right and we have the time …

… possibly this weekend, actually, thinking about it (though if he reads this before I mention it, it may be a bit of a surprise to him).

A couple of weeks later, on 17 April, we paid a visit to Langold Lake, one of the poet’s old fishing haunts when he was a kid.

He was surprised to see that it had been given “country park” status, but it was much as he remembered it – apart from the diving boards on the lake no longer being there (health & safety, we presume).

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Swans tending to nest, Langold Lake (Picture: Ian Wordsworth)

 

He enjoyed the trip down memory land and was proud to show me the spot where he caught his first fish there, and told me how he had to go to the pay phone down the road to ring his dad and ask him to come and take a picture of him with said fish.

(I think it was the first fish he caught there, not the first fish he ever caught, but I daresay he’ll happily correct me later.)

He pointed out where he used to jump in the lake and swim … and I pointed out the dead, diseased fish floating in the reeds … not very healthy water. No wonder they took the boards down.

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Coot on nest, Langold Lake (Picture: Ian Wordsworth)

 

And finally, before we left, we enjoyed an ice cream beside the lake. It was a bit cool and blustery, but we were able to warm up in the car.

No MapMyWalk this time – we forgot to set it at Bempton, and only remembered at Langold halfway around.

Short and sweet! 🙂

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