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Walking Cliburn Moss

March 1, 2014

On a dry morning last week we spent an hour exploring the National Nature Reserve at Cliburn Moss, not far from Penrith in Cumbria.Cliburn Moss 005

Not a very long walk but quite a fascinating habitat. A hollow left by glaciation after the last Ice Age, further worked by peat-cutters in recent centuries.

So wet is this nature reserve that about half of the walk is on duck boards.

The woodland was full of birdsong, giving the feeling that Spring is not that far away.

The  reserve – at other times of the year – boasts glow worms, the rare mining bee and the small skipper butterfly. There are Great Crested Newts, Red Squirrels, stoats and weasels. Birds: sparrow hawks, buzzards, tree creepers and great spotted woodpeckers. For a full list you can download an information leaflet at the Natural England website at

These pictures do not really capture the intense green of this landscape, so do go and look for yourself.

Do wrap up well as there are ticks in the neighbourhood.Cliburn Moss 008

6 Comments leave one →
  1. March 1, 2014 1:55 pm

    We’ve never heard of this area. Very lovely – thanks.

  2. March 1, 2014 2:27 pm

    Shoulda finished my morning coffee before I commented! We also meant to remark that this looks very similar to one of our favorite walks on Cape Cod, in Massachusetts, the Atlantic White Cedar Swamp, which is largely on what we call “boardwalks.” The Cape itself is glacier-born, with its beautiful “kettle ponds.”

  3. March 2, 2014 1:24 am

    What a fascinating landscape. I love the reflections in the water in the last photo.

  4. March 2, 2014 7:42 am

    These sound very similar landscapes, must have been from the way they were formed. Thank you all for your kind comments.

  5. March 2, 2014 8:26 am

    Beautiful pair of photos. Didn’t know that reserve was there – must have a look sometime.

    Ticks! ugh! Looks like the kind of place there might have been leeches at one time too – my Mum used to say she saw them around wet areas up north but, fortunately, I’ve never seen any.

  6. March 8, 2014 3:03 am

    Nice photos. I like reflections. Ann 🙂

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