Hutton Roof NNR contains some of the best areas of limestone pavement in Britain, with a wealth of unusual plants and animals. The fretted pavement occurs in a mosaic with ancient ash-maple woodland and scrub, limestone grassland and heath. Limestone pavement specialists include the rigid buckler fern, limestone fern and angular Solomon’s-seal, while in the more open areas there are dark red helleborine and fly orchids. Juniper is abundant both on the pavement and the grassland. On thicker soil, bracken with bilberry and heather thrives. In summer,birds such as the willow warbler and skylark, along with residents such as nuthatch, greater spotted woodpecker and woodcock, fill the air with their song, while in autumn the reserve is alive with flocks of long-tailed tits, redwing, fieldfare and mistle thrush. From April there is a succession of butterflies. Firstly the small tortoiseshell and brimstone butterflies and the green hairstreak, then from May onwards there are fritillaries along with common blue, peacock and grayling. Badgers, foxes and roe deer are also frequently seen on the reserve.
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Cumbria's rugged yet beautiful landscape is best known for the Lake District National Park that sits within its boundaries. It’s famous for Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake, and Derwent Water, ‘Queen of the English Lakes'. This beautiful countryside once inspired William Wordsworth and his home, Dove Cottage, in Grasmere is a popular museum. Another place of literary pilgrimage is Hill Top, home of Beatrix Potter, located near Windermere. Tom Kitten, Samuel Whiskers and Jemima Puddleduck were all created here.
Much of Cumbria is often overlooked in favour of the Lake Distirct. In the south, the Lune Valley remains as lovely as it was when Turner painted it. The coast is also a secret gem. With its wide cobbled streets, spacious green and views of the Solway Firth, Silloth is a fine Victorian seaside resort. Other towns along this coastline include Whitehaven, Workington and Maryport. Carlisle is well worth a look – once a Roman camp, its red-brick cathedral dates back to the early 12th century and its 11th-century castle was built by William Rufus.
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