Wednesday, 17th February 2010

   

            

 

Walk: Holme Fell
Start Point: Smithy Inn Grid Reference: SD 524 789
Distance: 5.7 miles Ascent: 500 feet
Time: 2.75 hours    
Weather: Absolutely glorious!! After a frosty start the sun came out and felt warm. Clear skies giving superb view toward the Lakes and the Dales.
Comments: Even on the first recognisance (recce) I thought this would be a beautiful walk and the weather made it doubly so.
Twenty-five walkers set off and after a short stroll along the Lancaster Canal we crossed the motorway and headed gradually up hill to the east, first crossing through the parkland towards the hamlet of Clawthorpe. Everywhere was white over with the frost but this is where the snowdrops were out in abundance; another clue that spring is not far away. We entered Ridding Wood and came across a bench affording views towards the snow-covered peaks of the Lake District. We then walked on to join the minor road. We then had a steady pull up to the top. The road was in shade and in parts there was still ice on the road so we found it easier to walk on the grass verge. From the top we could look over towards the fells of the Yorkshire Dales and Ingleborough topped with snow. We turned back along the Limestone Link for a coffee break on a craggy limestone outcrop where everyone could find a comfortable seat. We then had a gradual down hill walk along the link. The ruminating cows, including Belted Galloways, were not going to be disturbed!! We skirted Holmepark Fell before a pleasant stroll along the canal bank back to the Smithy Inn where the friendly landlady served us with a very pleasant lunch. Everyone commented that it had been a lovely walk. Thank you Norman for the photographs.

Scroll down to see photos of the walk

Ann does her Risk Assessment

 

Departure and destination point

 

A canal side start

 

Holme coke ovens across the water

 

Cygnet with mum and dad

 

Please can we join the walk?

 

Walking across Gawthorpe Hall Grounds

 

Snowdrops through the gate . . .

 

and adorning the front garden

 

Snow on distant Lakeland fells

 

Norman and Bill enjoy a joke . . .

 

while we admire the view

 

On the right track

 

Through the trees of Ridding Wood . . .

 

and more trees

 

Ken making use of his stick

 

Ann leading the way to Hutton Roof

 

To Hutton Roof, but we go the opposite way . . .

 

to look at the scenery

 

Three lovely ladies take a break

 

On the snowline

 

The back marker in control

 

Down to . . .

 

Holme Park Fell

 

Part of the Limestone Link

 

Curious cows

 

Cud be a Ruminant

 

Weathered limestone

 

Holme Fell

 

Farleton Fell

 

Ye Ancient Milestone

 

Canal End

 

Near the end of the walk and our leader is still smiling

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