Sunday, 2nd June 2013

Walk: Greystoke Park & Forest
Start Point: Greystoke car park Grid Reference: NY 469 107
Distance: 16.5 miles Ascent: 1,800 feet
Time: 6.5 hours    
Weather: Sunny all day with clear views.
Comments: This walk had very little ascent and no steep climbing and yet the varied terrain of gravel tracks, open access lane, road walking and forest tracks still made this quite a challenge. Being so close to the North eastern fells of Lakeland made you realise that you can still appreciate these fells without actually climbing them as the views from the many small vantage points we did cross provided stunning views of both these and the Pennines to the east.

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We set off past Greystoke Castle

 

We followed a well-defined gravel track through the estate with bluebells in the distance

 

The Greystoke Estate is beautiful countryside

 

The gravel track peters out and the North eastern fells dominate the skyline to the west

 

We climb our first mound where we stop to take in the stunning views to the west

 

We managed to find the trig point in Bernard's Wood where we had our elevenses.
From here there were views in all directions of the Lakes, the Pennines and north to Scotland

 

What on earth is this?

 

This is what she should look like

 

We passed a very quaint little church at Sowerby Hall

 

From here we crossed the fields getting ever closer to Carrock Fell

 

King John in the horse shoe chair

 

We were never far from Carrock Fell on this stretch of the walk

 

 Robb after a well-deserved lunch stop

 

We then entered Greystoke Forest

 

Then it was out onto the open access land and up onto Berrier Hill with views over Carrock Fell . . .

 

and to Blencathra . . .

 

and the Pennines

 

To the east we could see our final summit of the day, Summerground Crags

 

We managed to find the rock left by retreating glaciers in the last ice age

 

What a poser!

 

This area was scattered with little wild violas

 

We then set off to find the limestone pavements

 

Looking south with Little Mell Fell in the distance

 

We then crossed the access land to our final summit, Summerground Crags

 

More fine views of Blencathra

 

We approached Summerground Crags

 

As we dropped down from Summerground Crags Greystoke Castle came into view . . .

 

with views across to Penrith and the Pennines in the distance

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