Sunday, 14th December 2008




Walk: Priest Hutton, Saltermire Bridge, Hilderstone, Yealand Redmayne and Yealand Conyers
Start Point: Longlands Hotel, Tewitfield Grid Reference: SD 721 737
Distance: 9 miles Ascent: 425 feet
Time: 4.25 hours    
Weather: Overcast but stayed dry.
Comments: 31 members set out for the Group Christmas Dinner walk on the cool and overcast day, but soon warmed up with the good pace as we headed along the canal and then past the little Tewitfield Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan 1886) along the old Kirkgate Lane to Priest Hutton. It was then north across the fields and road to Saltermire Bridge before crossing the M6 to head north and pick up the remnant of the Lancaster Canal where it was cut off when the M6 was built. At the next bridge, Yealand Road Bridge, we left the canal to take to the fields again, skirting the Burton-in-Kendal Services until we had to head west over Hanging Hill (I wonder why?) where we stopped for a coffee stop. Could just see some snowy Lakeland Tops but rather misty. Down to Moss Bridge to cross the ‘canal’ again to reach Hilderstone. Still heading west along an old green lane to the A6, which was crossed and along for a short distance before west again to the edge of White Moss. Here the route turned south on the return leg; along ancient paths with many squeeze stiles and well-maintained hedges. Past Yealand Conyers and Yealand Redmayne before turning south-east for the last mile back to the Longlands Hotel at 2.30pm for a quick change, a drink and dinner at 3.00 pm.

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David gives the 'Elf and Safety' Lecture before we set off . . .


along the canal, navigable to Tewitfield


As the group squeezes through the gap in the wall the photographer picks up the reflections in the water


Tewitfield Methodist Chapel


Mandy and Judith sport seasonal hats - admired by Garry


'Quick March' as we cross the A6070


The cut off canal from Yealand Road bridge


The troops gather before heading up Hanging Hill . . .


where we navigate a stile


The Lakeland Fells are in view but somewhat misty


Who's that trespassing on our patch?!


After walking through Hilderstone . . .


there is another stile to cross . . .


before we can toast our arrival at Longlands Hotel


Garry is scrubbed up and relaxed  . . .


before finding his seat . . .


and proposing a toast


Gary's in charge . . .


whilst Brian, David and Bob share a joke


A family outing for the Ashmores and . . .


it looks like the meal was enjoyed by all


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