Sunday, 15th April 2012
||Scout Scar, Helsington Church, Sizergh Castle, Berry
Holme Farm, Shenstone and Bradleyfield.
||Quarry car park, Underbarrow Road
||SD 488 923
||Bright sunshine at the
outset but clouding over later. A cool wind. Firm underfoot.
||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.
Scroll down to see photos of the walk
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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