Sunday, 29th March

             

            

 

Walk: Milnthorpe, Dallam Park, Fairy Steps
Start Point: Milnthorpe Grid Reference: SD 496 815
Distance: 8.5 miles Ascent: 780 ft
Time: 5 hours    
Weather: Wall-to-wall sunshine all the way!
Comments: We set off from Milnthorpe at 10.30am to walk through Dallam Park, with its herd of fallow deer, to Beetham and on to Hale. From there we walked through woodland to the Fairy Steps on Beetham Fell where we lunched. After negotiating the Steps we went on to Hazelslack, through a small nature reserve to emerge on the old railway line to Arnside. A fast rising tide then forced a minor deviation from the planned route to Storth. Another woodland stroll took us to a grand viewpoint overlooking the Kent estuary where we had a short break before returning to Milnthorpe.

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The barn in Dallam park where deer often congregate

 

Beetham paper mill

 

Elevenses in the bush!

 

A 'host' of golden daffodils

 

The 'cottage on the hill'

 

Arnside Knott

 

Lunch at the top . . .

 

of the Fairy Steps . . .

 

and gathering at the bottom . . .

 

of the Fairy Steps

 

A subterranean path

 

Pigs might fly!

 

A coppice - created by the traditional woodland management practice of cutting young stems near ground level

 

What a lovely view!

 

A disused railway track . . .

 

at Sandside

 

About turn . . .

 

and scramble up the bank to the road . . .

 

to see that the path is under water

 

Perhaps the sign should have been on the path instead of above it!

 

The back-marker takes a breather

 

Heading out of the woods . . .

 

only to go back into them

 

A great day for views

 

Back at water level again

 

Deer in Dallam Park

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