Sunday, 22nd February 2009

             

            

 

Walk: High Reston Farm, The Heights, Hughill Fell, Ulthwaite Bridge, Kentmere Hall Plantation, Kentmere Hall, Raven Crag, The Nook, Kentmere Hall again, Whiteside End, Mickle Moss, High House and Grassgarth.
Start Point: Ings / Kentmere Grid Reference: SD 445987
Distance: 10.9 miles Ascent: 1,515 feet
Time: 6 hours    
Weather: Mainly sunny with a light breeze
Comments: Sixteen walkers led by Sheila were blessed by the weather on this early spring day. Snow drops could be seen in abundance and snow was in evidence on the higher levels. Starting with a climb from “High Reston Farm” to “The Heights” the path then descended to Ulthwaite Bridge. Following the River Kent upstream towards Kentmere Tarn, splendid landscape views of Kentmere and Green Quarter could be seen. At Kentmere Hall a bonus of extra mileage was given. In an anti clockwise movement we circled round via Rook How and Raven Crag to return to Kentmere Hall by the back door. From Kentmere Hall the return route to Ings took a higher level path that increased in altitude by three hundred feet in three miles. At Whiteside End the path levelled out as we tramped across Mickle Moss towards “High House”. Mainly down hill Sheila headed for “Broadgate Farm” before taking a field path to Grassgarth. Following a lane from Grassgarth we arrived at Ings. For a change the paths were mainly dry with just a trace of mud. A most enjoyable day. We had chatted and laughed and put the world to rights and were slightly intoxicated perhaps, by the beauty of the Lake District. Thank you Sheila. (Information by 'Norman the Scribe')

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Ready to get started

 

Still snow to be seen as we head north from Ings

 

Heights Farm, with Williamson's Monument

 

Heading through Heights Farm with much new renovation in evidence

 

Approaching Croft Head

 

Kentmere and the Church come into view

 

Heading for Kentmere . . .

 

and we pass Kentmere Hall for the first time

 

Isolated cottage as we head north from Kentmere . . .

 

and reach Raven Crag, not to be tackled this time

 

But it's back to Kentmere . . .

 

with the Church . . .

 

and the back . . .

 

and front of Kentmere hall for the 2nd time

 

Dorothy and Brenda cheat as Norman looks on . . .

 

but the next group do it properly on the stepping stones

 

Last stop for tea . . .

 

and the last bridge

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