Sunday, 15th July 2012

Walk: Near Orrest, Far Orrest, Howe Hill, Orrest Head, Droomer, Heathwaite, School Knott, Hag End, Whasdike, The Common, Moor Howe.
Start Point: Moor Howe Grid Reference: NY 423 006
Distance: 9.5 miles Ascent: 1,350 feet
Time: 5 hours    
Weather: Dry, cool for time of year, a hint of drizzle but enough blue sky to make a sailors suit.
Comments: The weather was kind once again as the group set out from Moor Howe in the general direction of Orrest Head and led by Betsy. Having taken a break at Orrest Head and enjoyed the views from there, the group then headed off to conquer School Knott where more vistas could be seen. Between Orrest Head and School Knott are the very busy Kendal to Windermere road and the railway to Windermere. Of the two the railway was the easiest to cross. After eating at School Knott Betsy took her party along part of the Dales Way before leaving it to pass through Hag End and Whasdike before re-crossing the railway and the extremely busy A951. At “The Common Farm” the making of silage was in progress in many fields. Although there are what appear to be reasonably new way markers on the route over the fields, a farm hand tried to direct the group down a green lane and off the official path. Maps and GPS maps indicated that the group where on the correct route. (Walkers beware at this farm). A few more field crossings and a bit of lane walking saw the group arrive back at Moor Howe, a little tired perhaps but exhilarated. Thank you leader!

Scroll down to see photos of the walk

The start of the walk from Moor Howe

 

Roger looking - Cool - as he waits to traverses a stile

 

One of the groups' photographers with Windermere in the background

 

Please don't reduce my milk by 2p a litre - how will my farmer survive?

 

A busy day for the haymakers today

 

Only 150 yards to go to Orrest Head and it's panoramic views

 

The two Mr Wrights deep in thought and look at the view

 

Ladies in Red - on Orrest Head

 

What's the attraction . . .

 

this garden straddling Mill Beck at Heathwaite

 

Ascending a path from Heathwaite School Knott . . .

 

followed by Sheila

 

Windermere viewed from School Knott

 

Re-assembling after lunch at School Knott . . .

 

and Betsy takes the lead again

 

On the Dales Way

 

Whasdike here we come

 

Passing through a wood near Whasdike

 

A feathered friend

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