Sunday, 1st December 2013

Walk:

Joint Christmas Dinner walk:

Burton-in Kendal, Priest Hutton & Borwick

Start Point: Longlands Hotel at Tewitfield Grid Reference: SD 519 736
Distance: 7.5 mls Ascent: 700 feet
Time: 4.25 hours    
Weather: Cloudy, turning brighter and sunny.
Comments: 26 walkers set off north along the old remnants of the Lancaster Canal and locks that were cut off at Tewitfield when the M6 was built. At Moss Bridge it was across the fields to the back of the Burton-in-Kendal Services and on to Burton-in-Kendal and a coffee stop to the west of the village. Heading south now through Dalton Park to Priest Hutton and another coffee stop near the church. On to Borwick and back to the Lancaster Canal, south of Tewitfield which is still navigable. Nice and sunny for the last leg back to Longlands, in good time for a change of clothes and a festive drink before the meal.

Scroll down to see photos of the walk

Gathering at Longlands for the start

 

Who dat puddycat

 

Ready for the off

 

Gina leads off from The Longlands

 

The end of the canal . . .

 

cut off by the M6

 

The first of the Tewitfield locks . . .

 

which have plenty of water coming down from them today . . .

 

which seems to suit this swan

 

Reflections in the still air

 

Along the towpath . . .

 

with remnants of the locks . . .

 

and the story of their use . . .

 

as we head towards Kendal

 

Local residents

 

Looking back towards the M6 motorway

 

Time to leave the canal at Moss Bridge . . .

 

and looking back from Moss Bridge

 

A sheep enjoys a drink . . .

 

as we take our first coffee stop . . .

 

looking back to Burton-in-Kendal

 

Continuing the walk . . .

 

we pass this unusual tree - or is it two trees

 

Sheila leads down a green lane

 

Time for . . .

 

the second coffee stop . . .

 

near Priest Hutton . . .

 

before continuing on to rejoin . . .

 

the canal

 

Reflections along the canal . . .

 

and a very des res

 

In fact all the bridges are mirrored today . . .

 

the mirror effect only being disturbed by a passing canoe

 

Roger, who's lost a shoe?

 

 

Quack Quack

Not an ugly duckling

 

The ever-expanding marina . . .

 

at Tewitfield . . .

 

and a last view

 

John, Betsy and Garry

 

Jim's a li'l elf

 

Phil, Helen and Christine

 

Debbie, Judith and Korser . . .

 

with Gina, Daphne

 

John, Brian, Les and Lesley

 

Garry closes an excellent meal

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