Allen Banks heading towards the suspension Bridge
The Trust has been doing lots of work on this section over the winter months, lots of trees have been felled opening up the canopy and making a brighter pathway.
Masses of wild garlic, tiny white flowered oxalis, a smattering of bluebells and primroses along the way, although the garlic was beginning to wilt a bit without the tree cover to protect it.
As we pass further into the Gorge there's a sense of neglect, it's a bit like visiting an elderly relative whose house has that musty, unkempt smell, a good clean up would make a world of difference.
Eventually you come to the smart new bridge at Plankey Mill, it leads you into the field of cows with their calves and it is a bit rutted but hey that's the country for you.
The new bridge at Plankey Mill
Commercial Pine trees
Please take your rubbish home
The paths are well marked and we headed up to the high point and the Peel Tower.
The path to Staward Peel, Ramsons (Allium ursinum) line the path
The Tower part of Staward Peel
The best of the "tremendous views" from the top
I was surprised that there wasn't a seat available, it seems the perfect spot to have your sandwiches and a drink. At the moment the only place you could sit is on the stones of the monument.
Toothwort (Lathraea squamaria) a parasitic plant, one of the flowers deliberately snapped off by adult walkers.
Is it because the place has that uncared for feel, that people just don't care?