Sunday, 3rd January 2010

   

            

 

Walk: Caton, Caton Moor, Clay Pit on Claughton Moor, Claughton & River Lune
Start Point: Bull Beck car park Grid Reference: SD 542 650
Distance: 8 miles Ascent: 750 feet
Time: 5 hours    
Weather: Cold and sunny, ground frozen and snow lying on Caton Moor
Comments: 17 hardy walkers turned out on a lovely clear sunny day, but rather cold. This included two, Kathy & Tim, who could not have come any further, as they were from Australia. They are working in Leyland, and found us from the RA walks finder. Dorothy led off from the Bull Beck car park, along the A683 for a short distance before taking to the fields to Brookhouse side of Caton. After a short walk through Caton it was back to the fields and up to Moorgarth to join Quarry Road with a steady climb up to the wind farm on Caton Moor. On such a clear sunny day the views were quite spectacular with the snow covering the distant fells. Frequent view stops were essential, with a lunch stop alongside the wind farm on Caton Moor with its own covering of snow, adding to the enjoyment. It was then on past the Moorcock Hall, now largely renovated but still unoccupied. It was interesting to see where the clay and ropeway comes from, having seen the brickworks and ropeway over the A683 at Claughton when we are going through to destinations further on. The track took us down alongside the Kirkby Gill Woods and eventually over the A683 by the Fenton Arms, and down to the River Lune. As we walked along the riverbank we saw a hot air balloon drifting along the valley with the ever-present Ingleborough shinning bright with its mantle of snow. After a tea break by the river it was back to Bull Beck along the old dismantled railway.

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Dorothy briefs the group

 

We leave the A683 at Bull Beck Bridge . . .

 

and head across the fields to . . .

 

Brookhouse, part of Caton.

 

Very sunny as we leave Caton

 

Anything for me?

 

Turning at the now renovated mill

 

Heading for the wind farm on Caton Moor . . .

 

but let's have a coffee break first.

 

Right turn for Quarry Road . . .

 

at Moorside Farm.

 

Brian & Bob on the climb up Quarry Road.

 

Fine views across Morecambe Bay to the Lakeland Fells.

 

Quite snowy as we approach . . .

 

the wind farm.

 

Kathy, Sue & Debbie check the details.

 

Lunch stop, tables and fine views, what more do we need?

 

  Brian, John, Betsy, June & Bill . . .

 

study the Lakeland Fells.

 

Moorcock Hall & Ingleborough.   

 

Aerial  Ropeway to the Brickworks at Claughton . . .

 

and the Clay Pits where it all starts.

 

A fine sunny afternoon . . .

 

as the group pauses to enjoy the view.

 

Strange inhabitants of Claughton.

 

Tranquil River Lune . . .

 

and meadows with a hot air balloon drifting along, and with Ingleborough as background.

 

Afternoon tea by the river

 

Last view of the River Lune

 

Bob with our Australian visitors Kathy & Tim back at the car park

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