Wednesday, 25th February 2009

             

            

 

Walk: Low Biggins, High Biggins, Longfield Barn, Hutton Roof, Pickle Farm, Sealford Farm, Kirby Lonsdale town centre and Ruskin’s View.
Start Point: Devil's Bridge, Kirkby Lonsdale Grid Reference: SD 617 782
Distance: 7.2 miles Ascent: 840 feet
Time: 4.5 hours    
Weather: Drizzle at the start. Dry at lunch with a breeze and sunshine in the early afternoon.
Comments: Leaving a dry Lancashire we arrived at a drizzle drenched Kirby Lonsdale, Cumbria. But this didn’t prevent twenty four walkers from joining June on a circular walk via Hutton Roof. Leaving Devils Bridge we started with a bit of a climb to Low Biggin. After Low Biggin we undulated across fields and paths avoiding young lambs as they scurried to their mothers. One of the party acted has a Shepherd by helping an exhausted lamb. Snowdrops grew in profusion in gardens, hedgerows and other open spaces. By lunch time the drizzle had gone and a bit of blue sky could be seen. After lunch we continued to undulate, retracing part of the outward route before entering the ancient narrow streets of Kirby Lonsdale. Here, our trusty back marker, Dorothy, took us through the church yard of St Mary the Virgin to “Ruskin’s View”, and a magnificent view it was! Descending dozens of stone steps to reach the River Lune we then walked down stream to Devil’s Bridge. Cavorting in the river were men in fancy dress. They all had their arms around each other and appeared to be practising some kind of water dance. Actually they were personnel from the “Cumbria Fire, Search and Rescue” training to rescue people from a watery grave. Another enjoyable walk! Thank you June and recce party.

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June checks her map at Wood End

 

Coffee stop on Limestone Link

 

Approaching Hutton Roof

 

Elizabeth spots something

 

Hutton roof is behind us as we head for . . .

 

Sealford Farm . . .

 

and head up Sealford (green) Lane

 

The lambs try some lunch . . .

 

and we have ours at the old 'Settlement'

 

Then head back to . . .

 

Kirkby Lonsdale

 

Parish Church, St Mary's Kirkby Lonsdale . . .

 

and again

 

Looking Back

 

Ruskin's View looking North . . .

 

  and looking  South-East

 

Down the steps to . . .

 

the River Lune

 

We are treated to . . .

 

an interesting exhibition . . .

 

by the Cumbria Fire and Rescue team . . .

 

carrying out exercises . . .

 

to rescue a potential victim . . .

 

in the river . . .

 

near Devil's Bridge . . .

 

and what a great job they do

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