Wednesday, 12th January 2011

   

            

 

Walk: Jack Scout, Jenny Brown’s Point, Hazelwood Farm, The Row, Eaves Wood, Elmslack, back via Silverdale Church.
Start Point: Silverdale Hotel Grid Reference: SD 459 748
Distance: 5.26 miles Ascent: 435 feet
Time: 3 hours    
Weather: Very dull, damp and misty so no views today.
Comments: Amazingly 19 people turned up for the walk today as the weather forecast was very poor. After booking our light bites or sandwiches we set off south along the minor road opposite the pub towards Gibraltar Farm. Just beyond the farm we entered the National Trust land and took a winding and sometimes slippery path, due to wet limestone, towards Jack Scout. Instead of the glorious views over the estuary from this higher vantage point we had to make do with bird watching on the recently exposed mud flats. At Brown’s Cottages, and advice from our leader as to the best way to go on the beach and to take care, the group did their own thing and negotiated the rough surface without any mishaps. The laugh was on me for the group photograph at the chimney! The path around the foot of Heald Brow was a bit puddley and slippery in parts so we had to take care, but we arrived at the pre-planned coffee stop at Hazelwood Farm only 5 mins. behind schedule.
The second half of the walk took us up The Green and across the fields to The Row. No view of the Pepper Pot today. As the going was now easier we stepped up the pace through the southern edge of Eaves Wood and made our way back to the pub via Elmslack and the church. After finding the right path we enjoyed a little nosey into gardens and the houses of this part of the village. We arrived back at the hotel at 1.15 pm. – dead on the dot , after an enjoyable walk through varied landscapes of this Silverdale area, and along new paths for many.

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The stone jetty at Jenny Brown's Point

 

Terry leads the way along the beach

 

Ian and Elizabeth bringing up the rear

 

Brown's Cottages

 

Chimney for former copper smelting mill, far more interesting than the photographer

 

That's better - what a laugh we had

 

Sharp's Lots at Hazelwood Farm

 

Cosy logs for seats at the coffee break

 

Christine and Margaret sporting their Christmas bonnets

 

A lonely friesian withstanding the cold

 

A rest at the end of Eaves Wood

 

Silverdale Parish Church

 

At last, back at the car park

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