Wednesday, 11th May 2011

   

            

 

Walk: Swallow Mire, Colehowe Wood, Low Low Wood, (2 Lows) Cow Head Wood, Pattison How, Simpson Ground Reservoir, Sow How Tarn, Raven's Brow and Cartmel Fell
Start Point: St Anthony’s Chapel, Cartmel Fell Grid Reference: SD 416 880
Distance: 8 miles Ascent: 1,200 feet
Time: 5.25 hours    
Weather: Dry and sunny with a sneaky cool wind
Comments: An extract from Google; Cartmel Fell Township is an extensive alpine region, lying between Windermere and Witherslack Beck, stretching four to nine miles north of Cartmel. The Chapel dedicated to St Anthony, is an ancient fabric, with a tower and two bells. The east window contains a profusion of old stained glass.

This splendid part of the world was formerly part of Lancashire (pre 1974).

Dorothy’s Bluebell Walk
When the programme was drawn up Dorothy decided to do a bluebell walk, but what was not known at the time was that like many other flowers they bloomed a couple of weeks earlier this year. However, as the photographs below show, there were still many to be seen.
Unfortunately, due to a misunderstanding the photographer was late in arriving and because he was transporting the leader’s boots the walk was slightly delayed. The photographer apologises for this misdeed. Twenty eight people took part and set off towards Whitbarrow Scar crossing the River Winster on the way. Shortly after the river crossing they walked south through woodland on the lower slopes of Whitbarrow Scar before re crossing the Winster near Stang Hill. There was a short delay in crossing the river because a farmer was using the bridge as a temporary sheep pen whilst he numbered is flock. After the sheep came Cow Head Wood which contained many bluebells and wild garlic. From here there was a steady but gradual climb in the general direction of Simpson Ground Reservoir. En route one could smell the hawthorn blossom, wild garlic and other aromas associated with spring. An amusing sign on the way read “Horses Close Gate”. These clever horses came down a hill to meet the group but unfortunately, other than a scratch behind their ears, there was nothing for them. Shortly after, lurking in the long grass could be seen several young long horned cattle. One of the beasts got a little frisky with one of its colleagues causing the ladies to look the other way. Lunch was taken in a cool wind at Simpson Ground Reservoir where a friendly swan joined the group. Leaving the reservoir the group headed towards Sow How Tarn and Ravens Barrow. On the way a panoramic view was provided including distant Lakeland fells and Ingleborough in North Yorkshire. The Kent estuary and Morecambe Bay could also be seen. It was interesting to watch the shadows of clouds, over the undulating landscape, as they scurried across the sky. The shadows merging with the various shades of green of the newly clothed trees! From Cartmel Fell the group descended a steep slope to return to Cartmel Chapel and Cars. What beautiful countryside and to think that it used to be part of Lancashire. A great day out! Thank you leader!

Scroll down to see photos of the walk

Dorothy leads the way in search of bluebells

 

Captive cows

 

To Colehow Woods from Swallow Mire

 

Wayside bluebells

 

Catching up at Pool Bank

 

Seed ready for dispersal

 

A woodland path

 

Can you smell the wild garlic that's growing under the trees

 

It's thirsty work all this walking

 

Enough blue to make a sailor's suit

 

Dead but still standing

 

More . . .

 

and more . . .

 

and yet more bluebells

 

A carpet of wild garlic

 

Into the woods again - this time it's Crag Wood

 

Yet more of Dorothy's bluebells

 

Clever horses reside here

 

One of the clever horses

 

In need of a bit of TLC - the building not John

 

I can't see you - are you a Rambler?

 

Nature and little boys

 

Long horned cattle

 

A pleasant view

 

An isolated cottage near to Simpsons Ground

 

Cowslips

 

A tranquil scene

 

Light and shade

 

On track for Sow How Tarn

 

A new life

 

The boat house at Sow How Tarn

 

Posers

 

Arnside Knott and Morecambe Bay

 

A pastoral scene

 

Ravens Barrow

 

A monument near Cartmel Fell (One of Wainwright's Outlying Fells)

 

A view from Cartmel Fell

 

The interior of St Anthony's Church at Cartmel Fell

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