A stroll round Little Crosby.

22 Dibb Lane

It was a beautiful sunny afternoon so I went for a short walk round the walls of Little Crosby. Starting from Hall Road I followed the newly surfaced Dibb Lane heading for the village of Little Crosby. I then turned right to follow the road with the park wall on my left to reach the Liverpool Lodge gates. These are topped with a pair of rampant lions from the Blundell’s of Crosby family crest.


As I turned through the kissing gate at the end of the wall I spotted a flower that I did not recognise.

26 Columbine31 Aquilegia vulgaris

I think it is Columbine, Aquilegia vulgaris. I normally associate Aquilegia with a garden plant so perhaps this is an escapee.

In herbalism columbine was considered sacred to Venus. Carrying a posy of it was said to arouse the affections of loved ones. Nicholas Culpepper in his famous herbal recommended the seeds should be taken in wine to speed up the process of childbirth. In modern herbal medicine it is still used as an astringent and diuretic.

I continued alongside the walls of the estate and spotted a clump of tiny caterpillars on some stinging nettles. Probably the Small Tortoiseshell. I must go back in a few weeks to investigate,

33 Caterppillars

It was pleasant walking with open fields to my right and I soon reached Back Lane which I followed back to the village and the church,

37 Little Crosby Church

St Mary’s Church was consecrated in 1847 and was built in the early-decorated Gothic style.

from here it was just a short stroll back along Dibb Lane to my car.

About crosbyman66

My aim is to create a photo diary of my walks and my travels. I have two main hobbies, walking and photography and these complement each other. I am a senior citizen, what used to be called an old age pensioner, but I don't feel old. Since retirement I have had more time to pursue my hobbies and the opportunity to travel more. My philosophy now is - Do what you can, while you can. My other interests are fine wines and keeping fit. These may not complement each other but keep me happy.
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2 Responses to A stroll round Little Crosby.

  1. Lorraine says:

    Did a similar route too yesterday but missed the Caterpillars and plant – too busy chatting 😎

  2. crosbyman66 says:

    It’s a lovely walk. You will have to do it again if it ever stops raining.

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