Last year I visited Hardcastle Crags to photograph the bluebells but found that I had arrived about ten days too late to get them in their full glory. So not wanting to make the same mistake this year I went earlier (this morning) in May hoping to catch them in full bloom.
What I found when I arrived at the Crags was a carpet of blue throughout the woods and on every hillside. Alongside of which was the wild garlic which was not yet in bloom but there was a slight hint of the garlic aroma in the air.
As it was a Monday it was very quiet save for a few people out walking their dogs and a group of photographers who were extremely well equipped. The walk along the river bank took just over an hour to reach the cafe (very decent cappuccino and lovely ginger cake) but this was because I was constantly stopping to take photographs as well as engage in conversation with fellow walkers.
I have posted some photographs below of my walk and you will note a little stone building amongst them, this is the toilets, and what a cool little building it is.
Photographs (c) Kindadukish