The other day it didn’t actually rain, so we went for a little stroll from Askham to Helton and Whale, in beautiful bright sunshine.

A little walk of just five miles, but always pleasant, despite the litter strewn along the verge between Askham and Whale.

What possesses people to just chuck rubbish from their cars is beyond me? Not all tourists either. There’s a Cumbrian lane near to us that we’ve taken several bags of litter in just a mile of walking. And that’s a lane that’s not on the tourist trail at all – just a commuter route to a neighbouring village.

Where we can we pick up litter. It’s a well-known fact that litter attracts litter – the more that’s junked the more a place gets. Pick it up and hopefully you discourage some of the offenders. And if you see someone dropping litter or fly-tipping please do shop them to the authorities.

Anyway, leaving that aside, it was a lovely little walk – the River Lowther had overflown its banks below Helton – the way rivers are supposed to do, something that should be encouraged where it can be done without danger to peoples homes. Good for wildlife, birds and amphibians. Rewilding the Lowther, now has beavers building useful dams to help it on its way. Good job too! And the Lowther being allowed to go over so high up its course helps prevent flooding of homes downstream.

We threaded our way through the floods following the bridleway from Helton to Whale (the latter is a hamlet by the way, not a spectacular addition to the local fauna). Then back through the Lowther Castle deep park to Askham. I all our walks in the area, we’ve only once seen a deer there.

A lovely bright morning, by the afternoon the rain was back.


17 thoughts on “River Lowther Wetland

    1. Suspect not, more likely to do it accidentally, but I think the disturbance factor of organised views would be too great.


  1. I’ve taken to picking up litter and cigarette butts from our back alley and pick up as much debris as possible near our recycling bins in our underground parking area because it’s true, if one or two see litter, they tend to add to it! Your part of the world is beautiful and deserves to be litter-free…

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  2. I’ve shopped litter louts before and I’m sure the council acted on it. Also shopped some van driver litter louts who were out in the firm’s van – we rang the company and said where and when and the reg – and also that it gave their company a bad name. They were pretty angry about it so I’m sure they acted on it.

    I’m not sure about the beavers thing – I don’t remember them ever being anything but Canadian and farmers up in Scotland haven’t been happy so far with the ones which have introduced up there. I always think re-introduction or introduction of something after a long absence just unbalances the ecosystems.

    I agree floodplains are for rivers to overflow onto though…

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    1. No doubt though that the presence of beavers has improved the ability of rivers to resist flooding lower down.


    2. Well of course beavers were native to this country until the 16th century, when they were hunted to death, and the Lowthers are very keen on having them back. In fact a lot of Riparian owners are – not enough to go round.


      1. The problem is that man is wrecking ecosystems all the day and therefore we must try to redress the balance.


  3. A beautiful walk, John, and how nice to see some sunshine – even if it was only short-lived! Interesting thoughts on flooding. I hadn’t thought about it that way, but what you say makes sense. How lovely that there are now beavers on the Lowther. Happy New Year, and here’s to many more great walks in 2023.

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  4. Beautiful walk and post. I have visited Lowther Castle once when in the area. It feels like it’s a beautiful peaceful part of the world. Totally agree, such a shame about those that litter, there’s just no need. KL ❤️

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