Sunday, 12th February 2012

Walk: Latterbarrow, Witherslack, Yewbarrow, Witherslack Hall, Whitbarrow Scar, Lord's Seat, Raven's Lodge, Beck Head, Latterbarrow
Start Point: Roadside near Derby Arms Grid Reference: SD 440 829
Distance: 11.5 miles Ascent: 1,620 feet
Time: 5.75 hours    
Weather: Mild but misty with snow underfoot
Comments: A total of 11 ramblers joined the leader, including two renegades from the fours group and one visitor. Unfortunately the forecast was for a misty day but at least there was a respite from the recent very cold weather. The route headed initially through Latterbarrow Nature Reserve and on to Yewbarrow. From here there are usually good views in all directions - but not today. Lawns Wood took us round past Witherslack Hall which is now a private school. We then tackled the only steep climb of the day, across the face of Whitbarrow Scar. A welcome break was taken at Lords Seat, marked by a cairn with the inscription ' This Reserve Commemorates Canon G. A. K. Hervey 1893-1967 Founder of the Lake District Naturalists' Trust'. A pleasant path led us along the ridge but the promised views of the Kent Valley were barely visible. After making our way across open fell we headed into the woodland, past Rawsons and along the woodland track to Beck Head. It was then along snowy/muddy tracks to retrace our outward path through Latterbarrow. A good day was had by all.

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Walking through Latterbarrow Nature Reserve . . .

 

there is quite a covering of snow

 

Heading into Lawns Wood where Jim enjoys a 'downhill bit'

 

A lot of snow but it is quite mild

 

Witherslack Hall (School)

 

More snow to navigate

 

Climbing Whitbarrow Scar . . .

 

with views back down to the woods

 

We assemble at Lord's Seat, one of Wainwright's Outlying Fells . . .

 

before choosing a spot for lunch

 

One of the many wind blown trees

 

Kath poses on a wall stile

 

On the ridge, and its still misty . . .

 

and we have a misty view . . .

 

across the A590 and the River Kent

 

The snowman is beginning to disappear

 

Time for lunch in the woods

 

Boats and a landing stage - but no sailing today

 

Beck Head - where the water emerges from under the rock face

 

Beck Head House has some very interesting windows

 

No ducks today!

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