Wednesday, 8th September 2010

   

            

 

Walk: Levens Hall, Sedgwick Tunnel and remnants of the Lancaster Canal beyond the cut off point at Tewitfield, also the Aqueduct at Sedgfield.
Start Point: Levens Hall car park Grid Reference: SD 495 851
Distance: 8.2 miles Ascent: 970 feet
Time: 5 hours    
Weather: Fine, sunny and warm.
Comments: Our party of 19 set off from the car park at Levens Hall, where we had been given permission to park, crossing the A6 to head for the impressive High Barns with its Sunflower by the front door and on to Hincaster Hall before reaching the old canal tunnel. This still has water in it but is dry either end. After a while we came to quite a long section that still had water. This shows how it should be, with its wildlife and vegetation and scenery all reflected in the canal. We left it to circle over the rolling countryside before rejoining the line of the old canal at Sedgwick and the old aqueduct. But no water, and no evidence of the canal, except an old bridge in the middle of a field, where it [the canal] had been. We soon entered Levens Park, with its deer and Bagot goats and River Kent that we followed back to the Hall.

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Ian briefs the group at Levens Hall car park

 

High Barns with its sunflower

 

Hincaster Hall

 

Hincaster Tunnel

 

Coffee stop . . .

 

by part of the canal still with water in it . . .

 

enjoyed by a family of swans

 

Heading for Old Hall near Endmoor

 

Skittlegill

 

Strung out on Skittlegill

 

The aqueduct at Sedgwick

 

Sedgwick from the aqueduct

 

Tea break by the old bridge with no canal

 

Cottages in Levens Park

 

Bagot goats

 

River Kent running through the park

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