After the strenuous efforts climbing The Old Man of Coniston yesterday, today we opted for a gentler lowland walk from Hawkshead up to the viewing point at Latterbarrow Monument.
Although short, at only four miles, it’s a worthwhile route with some stunning views from the top and a short, sharp climb up from Hawkshead to the top of the fell.
The return route skirted the edges of Grizedale and took us through Claife Heights Forest and it was a little after we’d entered the wooded areas of our walk, and broken out into an area that had been cleared, that I spotted our rusty-coloured friend, above, making their way across the path.
Having looked through some identification guides, I’m assuming our warty friend is a common toad, bufo bufo, but if any of you know better please leave a comment as I’d love to have a confirmed identification.
- The Lake District National Park – http://www.lakedistrict.gov.uk
- Hawkshead – http://www.hawkshead-village.co.uk
- Grizedale Forest – http://www.forestry.gov.uk/grizedale
- Latterbarrow and Hawkshead Walk – http://where2walk.co.uk/lake_district/easy_fells/latterbarrow-hawkshead/
- Froglife – http://www.froglife.org
- Toads at UK Safari – http://www.uksafari.com/toads.htm