Autumn Colours at New Lanark

Spent the day in New Lanark with my friends from the wildlife group. New Lanark is a World Heritage Site and includes a wildlife reserve managed by the Scottish wildlife Trust. The weather was very mild for the time of year and the sun was shining  – what more could we ask for?

Autumn Leaves
Autumn Leaves

It’s difficult to see much in the way of wildlife during the day in the Reserve as there are too many visitors, so the day was spent admiring the autumn colours and the Falls of the Clyde at Corra Linn.

The Falls of Clyde include the falls of Bonnington Linn, Corra Linn, Dundaff Linn, and the lower falls of Stonebyres Linn. Corra Linn is the highest with a fall of 90 feet. Corra Linn and Dundaff Linn are above New Lanark and located within the Falls of Clyde Reserve. Stonebyres Linn is located several miles downstream from the reserve and New Lanark.

Corra Linn from a Distance
Corra Linn from a Distance

The Wordsworths, Coleridge and Sir Walter Scott all visited the Falls. In 1802, William Wordsworth immortalised Corra Linn in verse. Corra Linn has also been painted by a number of artists, including J. M. W. Turner.

John Keats wrote a poem ‘Ode to Autumn’ which describes beautifully the autumn season.

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For Summer has o’er-brimm’d their clammy cells.

It had been quite dry the previous week so the autumn leaves were looking good. If we had waited until next weekend the leaves could have fallen if the weather had been bad.

Corra Linn -  Falls of the Clyde
Corra Linn - Falls of the Clyde

Corra Linn was looking magnificent, despite much of the river being diverted to the hydro power station for the generation of electricity.

Being a mild and pleasant day, we passed a large number of people in the area. Some were first-time visitors and had never see such a beautiful sight as the Corra Linn falls.

One of the most beautiful trees we saw was a red Japanese Maple tree which was outside the house with the rare pipistrelle bats. The autumn sun brought out the colour of the leaves.

Japanese Maple Tree
Japanese Maple Tree

The Japanese Maple has been cultivated in Japan for centuries and in temperate areas around the world since the 1800s.

The first specimen of the tree reached England in 1820. There are also Japanese Maple trees in the Dalzell Estate in Motherwell.

While walking along the boardwalk beside the River Clyde we were on the look-out for the Kingfisher, but did not manage to see it. Kingfishers are very fast birds and it is difficult to get a good view of them.

The day out ended at the Scottish Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre to report back on what we had seen on our day out.

It had been a good day out.

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