Sunday, 4th March 2012

Walk: Holme Park Quarry nature reserve, Farleton Knott & Hutton Roof
Start Point: Plain Quarry car park Grid Reference: SD 553 762
Distance: 12 miles Ascent: 1,600 feet
Time: 6 hours    
Weather: Varying from light rain early on to broken cloud followed by a snow storm and finally broken cloud. Winds varying from moderate to strong.
Comments: This walk had everything from road walking to fields. To very muddy tracks, limestone paving and woodland trails. With views from the top of Farleton Knott to the Lake District, Howgills, Morecambe Bay plus the depths of Clawthorpe Quarry. Nine people accompanied the leader.

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Preparing to leave the car park at plain Quarry

 

Ray is suitably equipped to cope with the heavy rain . . .

 

as we head towards Dalton Park

 

Who threw that Boulder?

 

Heading through the park towards . . .

 

Burton in Kendal

 

where this old lamppost has stood since . . .

 

1863

 

Robb and Ray check out the topograph to identify Lakeland fells in the distance

 

Later on our leader (John Leyland) makes his bid to lead the muddiest walk in 2012

 

Sheila tries the edge but it's no use . . .

 

as John is clearly in the lead so far this year

 

Soon we reached Holme Park quarry which will be a working quarry until 2021 . . .

 

before being landscaped and returned to nature

 

Some benches provide a good opportunity for elevenses . . .

 

before we set off again to climb Farleton Knott . . .

 

by which time the weather had cleared enough to reveal views of the snow covered Barbon Fells . . .

 

which can be seen beyond the cairn

 

Then it's off again . . .

 

to reach Newbiggin Crags . . .

 

which are quite steep in places

 

To our surprise a lone horseman approaches Farleton Knott summit . . .

 

and as we press on we are reminded that this area was once the seabed!!!

 

Nice views towards Yorkshire as we head for . . .

 

the limestone grikes

 

of Newbiggin Crag

 

Soon the weather closes in once more . . .

 

as the snow begins to fall in the strengthening wind

 

Trees grow from the crags in the more sheltered spots . . .

 

as we head back to the car park through Hutton Roof park

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