Walk of the month: June

Where to wander this month:Anna’s Ghyll walk, Brookhouse

This 3 mile walk across roads, tracks and fields is a great way to explore the near by villages of Caton and Brookhouse. The route should take approximately 1 hour and leads you through these 2 scenic villages in the Lune Valley.

‘Caton-with-Littledale Parish contains a wide range of habitats, which are home to a variety of special birds, including the rare hen harrier, the symbol of the Forest of Bowland AONB.

Birds to look out for include:

• The curlew, which nests in open farmland and moorland, and uses its long curved bill to probe the mud for worms. Listen out for the curlew’s far-carrying ‘bubbling’ song during spring and summer.

• Lapwings and snipe, which along with the curlew, are attracted to Bowland’s farmland by the thousand in springtime, when they come here to breed.

• Herons and geese, which can be seen flying over the river valley in search of other feeding areas.

• Dippers and wagtails, which can be seen feeding on insects along Bull Beck.’

View the route here.

[credit: The Forest of Bowand]