Saturday, 2 July 2016
The hidden valley
Goit Stock circular walk
This little valley is known locally as the hidden valley. It is popular with walkers but still very quiet. The path passes right beside these cottages, originally built for mill workers but now knocked into two or three larger and very desirable homes.
Further on there is a farm, and a few beehives nestled among trees.
The sunshine encouraged a Small Tortoiseshell butterfly to soak up the warmth. They are common throughout the summer (though not as plentiful as they used to be when I was a child) but they're still attractive to see.
Ivy House Farm, as far as I can find out, is still a working dairy farm. The main building looks quite old, possibly dating back to the 17th century. It sits in a very attractive position along a track not far out of Harden village, with pleasant views over the surrounding countryside.
The lanes are full of cow parsley or lady lace - my favourite time of year!