Monday, 9 May 2016

Walk to Kepier Woods

Walk from car park on the access road from the A690 to Belmont along the River Wear to Kepier Farm and back.

Path from car park

Bridge over deep ravine caused by heavy erosion in the steep slope exposing the carboniferous bedrock.

River Wear with Wood Anemones, Lesser Celandine and Ransoms just coming into flower.  

River island of pebbles below start of Kepier Woods. See last photo for wildlife.

Bank erosion probably caused by nesting sand martins. Lots flying nearby. 

Kepier Farm

Kepier gatehouse

Looking back to Kepier

Severe erosion cracks on footpath- seems to be made up with old colliery spoil - not long before all of this corner will have slumped into the river.

Goosanders on pebble island with mallards swimming nearby. 

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