Sunday, 3rd November 2013

Walk: Leighton Moss, Trowbarrow Nature Reserve, Red Bridge, Hawes Water, Waterslack, Elmslack and Red Rake
Start Point: Silverdale (outside hotel) Grid Reference: SD 459 748
Distance: 7.2 miles Ascent: 200 feet
Time: 4.5 hours    
Weather: Cool at first, mainly sunny with an odd spot of rain
Comments: The leader of the walk was unaware that he would be leading the walk until the morning of the walk, when he was asked to stand in for the original leader. However, with the help of eighteen other people in the group he managed to steer a course through a labyrinth of footpaths in the Silverdale area. The walk was just in Lancashire on the Cumbria boundary. The area has many wooded areas and the trees were just changing into their autumn colours. On visiting Trowbarrow Nature Reserve, it was interesting to see how quickly nature had taken over since the quarry had closed. The return leg of the walk was by the coast of Morecambe Bay from where Grange and the southern area of the Lake District could be seen. A good walk in good weather.

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The starting point at Silverdale Hotel


The group heads through Silverdale . . .


past this unusual fire station


Sunny Silverdale


Information board


Heading out onto open fields . . .


and onwards to . . .


the golf course


Which way next - let's try Trowbarrow Nature Reserve


Nature's carpet


On the path to Trowbarrow Nature Reserve . . .


through the woods . . .


past a cube of rock on the former quarry floor




Nature reclaiming the former quarry at Trowbarrow


Tree fungi


The old quarry submits to nature . . .


and we take advantage of some rocks for our elevenses stop


More fungus


Illuminated ladies


The Back Marker on patrol


On the path to Haweswater


Three likely lads


Then it's across the golf course again


and into the woods where flooding highlights the reflections






More of Haweswater




The leader and followers


No time to dawdle


Autumn in Silverdale


Above the cove . . .


at Silverdale


We eventually reach the shoreline . . .


where there are stunning views across Morecambe Bay


A church at Silverdale


The last field crossing

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