Wednesday, 24th July 2013

Walk: Slane Lane, Pickles Wood and Lancelot Clare Storph Wood below Hutton Roof, Dalton, Harry Wood, Dalton Old Hall and Farm, Coat Green, Burton-in-Kendal
Start Point: King's Arms, Burton-in-Kendal Grid Reference: SD 531 766
Distance: 5.5 miles Ascent: 480 feet
Time: 3.25 hours    
Weather: Very warm and humid, some thin cloud with very little wind. Hazy views
Comments: After booking our lunches at the Kings Arms, 30 people took part in this reasonably demanding walk today. The path took us behind the village of Burton with lovely views overlooking the village towards Warton Crags and Arnside Knott but not much further into the Lake District due to a heat haze. Slane Lane provided an easy foot path before we turned off towards Pickles Woods. The two meadows we had to cross were quite a challenge with the grass, and thistles being at least 4 ft. high and no distinct path through them. The walk through Pickles Wood towards Dalton was in welcome shade, with a gradual ascent. We descended by following a recently trodden 'cow' path (plenty of evidence) towards Dalton. There were many wayside flowers to admire, Mallow, and a blue flower similar to a spotted orchid but wasn't, to cause a distraction from the biting insects. At Dalton we came across the herd of cows, resting in the shade, and so dulled by the humid conditions they calmly ruminated as we passed between them. We took our break in a little clearing, with plenty of fallen tree trunks for seats, before exiting the wood and taking a route across open fields and farmlands with picturesque views in all directions. We enjoyed the mid-day sunshine and a fresher feel to the air. Our path was obstructed at Dalton Old Farm by a corralled herd of sheep but fortunately the farmer's son let them through so we could continue. This delay gave us an opportunity to spot a deer crossing the fields in the distance. After a really pleasant walk we arrived back at the King's Arms just before 1.30 pm. - well timed!! The reasonably priced food at the pub seemed to be enjoyed by all.

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Booting Up at the Kings Arms


Ann blessing the group, perhaps prior to her leading the walk


An influx of visitors to Burton in Kendal


Two important signs - but the top one giving directions to Boon Town takes priority


Looking back over Burton in Kendal


Seen in a garden


Len the Gate Keeper


Alan takes in the view described on the Burton Jubilee Panorama plaque


Tall thistles on the way to Pickles Wood


Ann leads the way through the greenwood


Man-made homes for insects


Woodland flora


Seen on route through an Open Access area


The Management aka Ian & Pat


It was even too hot and humid for these cows - so they sat it out


A delicately balanced boulder . . .


with a balancing act on its top


Taking a break in the shade


The start of a primitive shelter


The group are walking towards Kirkby Lonsdale - but not all the way


A hazy day - Morecambe Bay on the left with Warton Crag mid-picture


A wait in the shade at a stile - but the flies don't half bite


An unusual obstruction - fortunately the farmer's son moved the sheep in order that the group could exit via the far gate


Countryside near to Burton in Kendal


The ears between the gate posts belong to a deer


More countryside local to Burton in Kendal


A green lane leading away from Coat Green (farm)


Twenty-nine humans - how many cows?


Name that tree


Prize Bull at Coat Green Farm on 20th July recce - thankfully not around today

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