Sunday, 21st December 2008

             

           

 

Walk: Scout Scar, Brigsteer, Underbarrow, Bell Hill, Cunswick Scar
Start Point: Springs Wood car park Grid Reference: SD 488 924
Distance: 10.4 miles Ascent: 2,400 feet
Time: 5.25 hours    
Weather: Dry at first but very windy especially on the exposed parts of Scout Scar. Low cloud throughout the day with rain setting in late morning. Very wet conditions underfoot.
Comments: Despite the poor weather forecast and the leader's reputation for leading muddy wet walks, 12 walkers turned out for this the annual “2’s” Christmas Dinner walk. The day started well with the party soon climbing to the topograph on Scout Scar (although the poor visibility meant that we could not see any of the landmarks shown on the topograph). The walk along Scout Scar was pleasant despite being buffeted by the strong wind. It was also surprisingly dry underfoot in spite of the rain the previous day.
With the distinct lack of mud at this stage the party began to get suspicious about what was to come! They were to find out soon enough as we headed back along the bottom of the scar to Barrowfield where we walked down through the woods towards Underbarrow. The section from Underbarrow to Bell Hill was very wet with deep standing water across several sections of the tracks (as shown on the photographs below). John began to worry that his record breaking wet Christmas walk in the Lune valley two years earlier was under threat. However, today’s walk was later voted a close second. With the rain and drizzle now set in for the afternoon we made our way along Cunswick Scar and back to the cars where we quickly discarded the waterproofs and headed off to Carnforth. At the Station Hotel 12 became 15 as we were joined by Bill, Marjorie and Sheila. The Hotel had provided a separate room for us and we were served with an excellent meal. A very pleasant evening was had by all.
Many thanks to Bill for organising the Christmas celebrations over the last few years.

Scroll down to see photos of the walk

Arriving at the topograph on Scout Scar . . .

 

we check out the information on the inside - but no views!!!

 

The group pauses to check out what can be seen . . .

 

looking North along Scout Scar . . .

 

and South . . .

 

but the coast is barely visible through the clouds

 

The felled logs provide the ideal seats . . .

 

for our morning break

 

Little House on the Prairie

 

The squeeze stile holds no problem for Marie . . .

 

and Phil makes his way through . . .

 

whilst David figures out where to put his foot next!

 

The group tries to find a way round the first of many 'puddles' . . .

 

and Mandy is pleased that she didn't end up paddling this year . . .

 

and is that Father Christmas joining us at the back?

 

Just when we thought we were safe - Ian leads the way for the umbrella brigade

 

After all the hard work - time to take a layer off (then it rained for the rest of the walk)

 

Not much shelter as we enjoy a 'light lunch' . . .

 

but who is the lonely 'elf'

 

Cunswick Scar summit cairn

 

Arriving at the hotel in good time . . .

 

we are joined by three more members . . .

 

to enjoy a pre-dinner drink

 

Time for musical chairs - no, just finding our allocated places . . .

 

and admiring the 'menu bookmarks' provided by Bill . . .

 

who struggles to put on his Christmas hat

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