2 Walks, 2 Seasons, 3 Weeks Apart

We've been to Grizedale Forest, between Hawkshead and Coniston, a couple of times in past month. Both days were bright and sunny but whilst the first visit was a summer's day, the second was definitely autumnal.

Grizedale is looked after by the Forestry Commision which means that there is a network of good paths whilst the wild character has not been spoiled. Perfect for a Sunday afternoon walk in September.
We picked out two distinct routes in the northern end of the forest which took in some interesting features and rewarded us with good views. The first took in a couple of tarns, one of which was surrounded by impenetrable ferns; perhaps we'll try it again in the winter once they have died back.
We started our walk under a tall canopy of pine trees

Before long we came across Goosey Foot Tarn
The middle part of the walk was much more open - and it turned out to be a very warm day
The area around the inaccessible High Man Tarn gave us spectacular views of the higher fells to the north east
We saw plenty of bees and butterflies, including this Painted Lady feeding on thistles
For our second walk 3 weeks later we headed into the woods in the opposite direction. It was another fine day but, as it was now the end of September, there was a definite nip in the air. There were a few strong bees but otherwise we saw little insect life.

Juniper Tarn was overgrown and inaccessible: a shadow of its former self
Great views across the treetops as we left Juniper Tarn behind us and climbed the hill
Grizedale is a working forest - this might be heading to a DIY store near you
The majority of trees are pine or other coniferous...

...but there are also jewel-coloured broad leaf trees which add extra interest at this time of year
Trees grow to a magnificent height
Grizedale Beck meanders through the forest

Two walks only 3 weeks apart but the transition from late summer to early autumn was apparent, especially in the changing colours of the trees. No doubt we'll soon be reaching for our gloves and scarves as the days get shorter and cooler.