I was up at 6.30 this morning and was greeted with a clear blue sky and the sun slowly rising in the East. I decided to make the most of the morning and set out for Hardcastle Crags at just after 8.00am.
I arrived at the car park just after 8.30. and commenced my walk along the river bank shortly afterwards and ended up at the old mill. As I was so early it was very quiet and peaceful but no doubt would be extremely busy later in the day with the weather being glorious.
I had visited the crags a couple of weeks ago hoping to photograph the bluebells but alas they had not flowered. This time was very different and the floor of the woods was a sea of blue, everywhere you looked there were bluebells. Interestingly the wild garlic had still not flowered except for a small patch near the mill and on the edge of the river.
I made my way up hill and down dale following the path of the river and was rewarded with stunning views of the bluebells and in particular one little walled field was spectacular.
The bluebells are at their peak at the moment but within just a few days they will be past their best, so I have been lucky with the timing of my visit. I noticed that on my return to the car I passed several men with cameras in hand, no doubt having the same thought as I had earlier today.
Below are just a few of the photographs I took this morning……………
Photographs (c) Kindadukish 2017