Sunday, 19th February 2012

Walk: Snow Hill lane, Nicky Nook, Fell End Farm, Grizedale Bridge, Barnacre Moor, Burns Farm, Woodacre Pasture, Tithe Barn Brook to Snow Hill Lane                            
Start Point: Roadside parking in Scorton Village Grid Reference: SD 502 487
Distance: 7.3 mls Ascent: 1,200 ft
Time: 5.25 hrs    
Weather: Cold and frosty at first with no wind, sunny all day, very clear air
Comments: 26 walkers accompanied the leader 'Rob' on what was a perfect day. The overnight frost had hardened the ground sufficiently to keep away some of the mud and the sunshine and clear air ensured good views all day. Setting off up Snow Hill Lane we were crossing the M6 bridge when a car stopped. The occupant turned out to be the owner of a newly refurbished cafe called 'The Apple Store' further up the lane on the Wyresdale estate. Obviously he had an eye for business as he invited the group up there after the walk (rumour has it that a discount was mentioned!).
Proceeding up the lane to the estate entrance and passing signs for the aforementioned tea room we made our way up and over Nicky Nook before descending towards Grizedale reservoir. Turning left onto the track at the foot of the hill it was up to Fell End Farm and then on to Grizedale Bridge. A short road walk then took us on past the radio masts on Barnacre Moor to return to Grizedale Brook via Burns farm. From here a short climb to Tithe Barn Lane and a woodland path beside Tithe Barn Brook took us back to Snow Hill lane and the cars.
Several members drove up to the cafe where they enjoyed some very tasty homemade cakes and generous amounts of tea sitting outside in the tranquil woodland surroundings of the Wyresdale estate (See photographs for pictures of 'The Apple Store cafe' and the house).

Scroll down to see photos of the walk

Crossing the M6

 

Along Snow Hill Lane

 

Reservoir on the way up Nicky Nook

 

Does anyone know what this is?

 

Nicky Nook summit

 

Heysham power station with Black Combe in the distance

 

Leaving the trig point . . .

 

to take elevenses . . .

 

above Grizedale Reservoir

 

Intricate carving on the memorial seat at the bottom of the hill

 

A brown hare keeps a low profile on the other side of the field . . .

 

while these lambs remind us that . . .

 

spring is just around the corner

 

Heading down a steep incline . . .

 

to the newly refurbished Wyresdale park . . .

 

and a nice tea room with an open fire!!

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