Sunday, 18th December 2011

   

            

 

Walk: Hodgson’s Bridge at Carnforth, Over Kellet, Kit Bill Wood, Nether Kellet and Thwaite House Farm.
Start Point: Lay by on A6 near to Barkers Bridge Grid Reference: SD 487 693
Distance: 7.25 miles Ascent: 700 feet
Time: 4.25 hours    
Weather: Sunshine and cloudless skies.
Comments: Arriving at the start point it was a pleasant surprise to find the sun shining through cloudless skies and with temperatures just above freezing. Joining the Kendal Canal at Barkers Bridge twelve people and the leader walked along its slippery towpath passing through Carnforth to leave it at Hodgson’s Bridge. Between Hodgson’s Bridge and the M6 motorway a new business park is under construction and the footpath has been provided with new gates where it enters and leaves the complex. The route then passed through Over Kellet before skirting a large quarry via Kit Bill Wood to reach a view point overlooking Nether Kellet. The route then passed through Nether Kellet to re-cross the M6 before using green lanes and field paths to rejoin the canal near Crag Bank. A short walk along the towpath took the party back to the start point. On-route many vistas could be seen of snow covered Lakeland fells, Black Combe in Cumbria and Ingleborough in Yorkshire. Morecambe Bay could also be seen. An enjoyable walk in sunshine with pleasant views – thank you leader.

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Pam and her twelve followers begin the walk

 

It's the Skaters Waltz time again

 

Hungry ducks at canal turn

 

The path crosses the building site . . .

 

where a business park is under construction

 

A welcome to Over Kellet

 

A bit cols for this time of year . . .

 

for romping in the garden

 

A distant white Black Combe

 

Ingleborough viewed from Over Kellet

 

Lakeland fells seen from Nether Kellet

 

A church at Nether Kellet

 

A frozen green lane

 

It's easier to walk on the grass than the ice

 

Another view of Lakeland fells

 

A muddy green lane between Nether Kellet and Crag Bank

 

Pam descends one of the many iron ladder stiles

 

Another view of Black Combe

 

Brian uses his mobile phone camera to capture the beauty of the area

 

A view of the fells from Crag Bank

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