|Snowdrops (mostly single and double G. nivalis) in the wood at Austwick Hall
|Galanthus woronowii flourishing in damp conditions.
|Verdant moss over the surface of a now hidden limestone pavement, evidently making the most of a mild wet winter.
|There is an extensive patch of the European Petasites albus in the upper part of the wood, a remnant of Victorian planting. Vigorous but nicer than P. japonicus.
Austwick is 85 miles from here by the shortest route. This, however, was not a fast route, and very tedious round the edge of Leeds, so I returned through the heart of the Yorkshire Dales in late afternoon sunshine, which was utterly delightful.
|Ingleborough, with a band of snow on the northern face. This is how I like to see snow: distantly, at the top of a high mountain.
|A serendipitous finale: Scots Guardsman pulling an excursion train over Ribblehead Viaduct, shortly after I stopped to take a picture of this magnificent structure, built in the 1870s.