Of course I'm talking about Arnside Knott, one of natures wonders with views that leave you with your mouth wide open and you will see.
Piara and I always made our way up the Knott along the steep path covered in stone which provided such camouflage for the numbers of Grayling that seem to follow you up and down the path.
I should warn anyone taking in this amazing nature reserve that ticks are a major problem as I was to find out on the three visits the weather allowed me to make.
I have it on good authority from one of the very well known member of the lepi fraternity that covering ones legs with tee tree oil does help.
What a shame I never found out on the Sunday I arrived as even with my socks inside my boots I had at least a dozen in me on the return to the car park.
At this point one is close to the first level and after the climb its not a bad idea to take that breather.
On Sunday last the sun was showing but the wind was gale force but I did find my first new butterfly within ten minutes before it vanished into a tree.
Only when disturbed did the Grayling raise its forewing to show the two eyes which is clearly a means of defence with the two startling eyes.
At the top of the path there is a walled shady area with engraved inserted plated naming all the hill,pikes etc that one can see when standing in from of them seperately.
Two sirens are sounded to warn all of this event.
Various differences are clearly visible between these two fritillaries but the obvious one is the ground colour of the High Brown is golden and the third spot down from the forewing apex is offset whereas in the Dark Green they are in line. (See female High Brown Fritillary below)
On the Wednesday I managed to view five of these magnificent rare butterflies but higher counts were recorded.
My second,first was the dainty Northern Brown Argus which varied in degrees of wear showing perhaps that their season is now short.
This specimen was quite happy perched on one of the Campanula flowers dotted across the reserve.
Another preferred Self Heal as a flowery alternative.
On the Wednesday I saw one near the top of the reserve and just couldn't believe my eyes. The miles to get there were insignificant when the end result is such a stunning butterfly. I hope you feel the same way.
I did see a couple of Straw Dot,many Grass Veneer ,Six-spot Burnet an unidentified and this fine moth
Eucosma campoliliana which is a local species in the north of the country.