Sunday, 15th April 2012

Walk: Scout Scar, Helsington Church, Sizergh Castle, Berry Holme Farm, Shenstone and Bradleyfield.
Start Point: Quarry car park, Underbarrow Road Grid Reference: SD 488 923
Distance: 8.3 miles Ascent: 970 feet
Time: 5 hours    
Weather: Bright sunshine at the outset but clouding over later. A cool wind. Firm underfoot.
Comments: The sixteen walkers enjoyed spectacular views all round, including the Lake District Fells, Morecambe Bay, The Howgills and local vista. This made a change from a previous visit when visibility was zero and the wind blew one off ones feet. The deputy leader led the group south along Scout Scar to Helsington Church before continuing on to Sizergh Castle. Here the route headed northwards towards Berry Holme and then Shenstone before ascending over Bradleyfield to Hodgson’s Leap and then back to the car park.
Nature was pushing ahead with many trees and bushes bursting into leaf and the grass becoming lush for the sheep and cattle. A lone swallow was sighted near to Berry Holme. At one farm very young lambs were wrapped in cling film, probably to keep them warm and dry. It was suggested that they may be “Oven Ready”. NB. The path through Berry Holme is not well marked. To further complicate matters, what appears to be a track on the OL 7 map doesn’t exist on the ground between SD 495 890 and SD 495 892, which are points on two separate footpaths. The two paths are not linked.

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A first glimpse of the Lakeland Fells


Near to the viewpoint on Scout Scar


Something from outer space? - no, it's a viewpoint


A view over the Lythe Vally


Another view with Scout Scar to the right


Still on Scout Scar with Arnside Knott on the horizon


The plain of the Lythe Valley


A group of young ladies heading for Sizergh Castle


A glimpse of Sizergh Castle


A dry stone wall under repair


At the rear of Sizergh Castle


A nuthatch at Sizergh Castle


Passing near to Sizergh Castle


Scenery local to Sizergh Castle


The group wend their way along a woodland path . . .


with Cowslips on the wayside


Between High House and Lane Head at Shenstone


Horses en route near to a former race course


The last climb up to Hodgson's Leap at Bradleyfield

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