Wednesday, March 10th 2010

   

            

 

Walk: Chipping, Leagram Hall, Knott Hill, Lower and Upper Greystoneley, Lickhurst Farm, Park Gate, Birchen Lee, former Berry’s Chair Works, Mill Pond
Start Point: Chipping Main Car Park Grid Reference: SD 621 433
Distance: 5.9 miles Ascent: 676 feet
Time: 3 hours    
Weather: Gorgeous sunshine
Comments: A lovely day with beautiful blue sky and views of the fells.

The group of twenty-eight assembled on the main car park in Chipping before calling at “Tillotsons” to pre-order their lunch. Taking a “Quiet” lane the leader then took the party up the drive towards Leagram Hall before turning right across the fields to Knott Hill where there was a disused Lime Kiln and signs of former industrial activity. Taking a track to Lower Greystoneley Farm, where two desirable residences have been created, and are for sale (It could be called agricultural diversification) the group approached a ford where the concrete track on the approach to a footbridge was extremely slippery and slimy. Continuing up a broken up track the footpath passed through Higher Greystoneley where building contractors were beavering away creating more habitats for humans. After passing an old fashioned red telephone box (now defunct) the party descended to a brook near to Lickhurst Farm and took a break for coffee. The route then passed Lickhurst Farm and continued to a now derelict Park Stile before arriving at Park Gate. After Park Gate the path then took the party via Birchen Lee and the former Berry’s Chair Works to return to Chipping for lunch. Lovely weather, lovely scenery and good company. Thank you leader.


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Start and dining venue

 

Snowdrops

 

On the drive to Leagram Hall

 

A decaying tree

 

A dormant tree

 

More snowdrops

 

Heading for Knot Hill

 

Bridge over Greystoneley Brook

 

Snack time near Lickhurst Farm

 

Guard duty at a former lime kiln

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