Sunday, 28th March 2011

   

            

 

Walk: Middle Low Wood, Witherslack Hall, Park Wood, Witherslack Scar, Lord's Seat, Beck Head, Witherslack
Start Point: Old road close to Derby Arms, Witherslack Grid Reference: SD 441 829
Distance: 9 miles Ascent: 1,200 feet
Time: 5.5 hours    
Weather: Dry and sunny for most of the day with very little wind.
Comments: 15 people comprising of 13 regular “4s” and two dissidents from the “2s” took part in today’s walk. The walk started through woodland before reaching open ground and eventually Witherslack hall and school. From here a steep climb took us to the top of Whitbarrow Scar. Unfortunately haze prevented the usual superb views of the Lakeland fells but nevertheless there were good views out towards Morecambe Bay and the viaduct at Arnside could be clearly seen.

Lunch was taken at a high vantage point on the scar before heading off to the Eastern end and the descent down to Beck Head. From there it was a pleasant stroll through fields and woodland back to the start point.

Scroll down to see photos of the walk

Starting out through woodland

 

Climbing gently

 

Passing evidence of coppicing along the way . . .

 

before eventually reaching open ground

 

These Belted Galloways seem content to enjoy the sunshine . . .

 

as does the group on the 'elevenses' stop

 

Potential new members follow us as we get underway again . . .

 

passing primroses on the wayside

 

The scar gets closer . . .

 

and soon it's onto the steep climb . . .

 

which eventually leads to . . .

 

open country . . .

 

and views of Witherslack Hall . . .

 

as we reach the summit cairn, Lord's Seat . . .

 

which is dedicated to the founder member of the Lake District Naturalist's Trust

 

The it's along the top to . . .

 

a good spot for lunch . . .

 

with a different view of Witherslack Hall

 

Once more on the move to the cairn . . .

 

where there is a view of the River Kent snaking its way to Morecambe Bay

 

Then it's down through the woods once more . . .

 

pausing to read the inscription on this seat before returning to the cars

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