Had a great walk with Gem on Sunday, just from our house, across the frozen fields and through some woodland in Ulnes Walton (behind the prison). We spent quite a few evenings round here in the summer and became familiar with a heard of deer that seem to live in the woodland and surrounding area. We quite regularly spotted them in the woods or in the fields around this area.
On Sunday we wandered into the woods, following a track well used by the deer, this was obvious due to all the hoof prints. Sure enough it wasn't long till we spotted a face looking from behind a tree, then about eight deer appeared and ran off through the woods, skipping over fallen branches and leaves and weaving through the trees. I am not sure of the breed but from browsing the internet I suspect they are either Roe or Fallow deer.
We finished off our walk by crossing the railway line and following Wymott Brook to the River Lostock. The fileds are all frozen and all that remains is the stalks of the crops where they have been harvested at the end of the Summer, it a very quiet place this time of year compared to the wildlife we saw buzzing round during the summer. We bumped into some ponies just as we got back to Croston but that was all.
I may venture out this week for a short trot, was looking through some books last night at some challenges around 30-40 miles in the local area. I think I may have a go in March/April at the Bowland 1500s and the Lancashire Three Peaks or the Three Towers route. Anybody had any experience of these ?