Wednesday, 9th May 2012

Walk: Swallow Mire, Pool Bank, Low Low Wood, Simpsons Ground, Sow How Tarn, Ravens Barrow, Cartmell Fell  and Monument.
Start Point: Cartmell Fell Church Grid Reference: SD 416 879
Distance: 8 miles Ascent: 1,050 feet
Time: 5 hours    
Weather: Bright and sunny at the start clouding over later
Comments: Dorothy’s Bluebell Walk. Although the walk was planned months ago the timing was spot on and coincided with bluebells being in bloom. Many other wild flowers were also on show and led to discussions as to their names. The song about forty shades of green would be very appropriate because the the many different trees that were bursting into leaf with varying shades of green.
Initially the twenty two ramblers, including a sprightly octogenarian, crossed to the east of the River Winster before walking south to Low Wood before re-crossing the Winster. After passing through Cow Head Wood, which was smothered in wild flowers, the group then started an ascent through Pattison How to reach Simpson Ground Reservoir. After lunch the route went by Sow How Tarn and Ravens Barrow to reach Cartmell Fell and the monument. At the monument the group took a break to admire and drink in the spectacular three hundred and sixty degree panorama before descending a steep gradient back to Cartmell Church and the cars. An ideal walk for both spring and autumn colours. Thank you leader.

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At Swallow Mire early in the walk

 

Bluebells galore

 

Round the bend to . . .

 

see the horses . . .

 

and then find somewhere to sit for coffee

 

An orchid

 

Approaching the River Winster before ascending ot the distant fell

 

Marsh Marigolds on the River Winster

 

Ripe for renovation . . .

 

and with an open aspect

 

Ann walks the plank

 

This is what the previous building needs . . .

 

a new slate roof

 

Primroses in abundance

 

Spring colours

 

A panorama of fells

 

The group descends one of the many slopes

 

What is everyone looking at . . .

 

nature's greenery

 

What - no boats

 

More Lakeland beauty

 

Upwards and onwards to . . .

 

This monument on Cartmell Fell

 

And then it's down . . .

 

to Cartmell Church

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