Wednesday, 14th May 2014

Walk: Swallow Mire, Hagg Wood, Cow Head Wood, Pattison How, Simpson Ground Reservoir, Ravens Barrow and Cartmel Fell
Start Point: Village Hall, Cartmel Grid Reference: SD 416 879
Distance: 8.5 miles Ascent: 1,200 feet
Time: 5.25 hours
Weather: Sunny all day with a cool breeze in the shade and at higher levels
Comments:  This annual bluebell walk took place on a glorious spring day. Bluebells were still evident but an early spring meant that they didn’t look their best. However, other flora and the newly leafed trees provided a colourful backdrop to the walk. The first part of the walk was through various woods to the east of the River Winster and then re crossed the river plain to ascend to Pattison How and then to Simpson Ground reservoir where lunch was taken. The second half of the walk was via How Tarn and Cartmel Fell and its Monument. At the monument time was taken to admire the many views. Views on the walk included the Arnside Viaduct, Arnside Knott, Morecambe Bay and Whitbarrow Scar. On the walk a budding shepherdess assisted a young lamb to its feet because it was lying on a slope and was unable roll over in order to stand up.

The group at Swallow Mire

Cartmel Fell and Monument on the sky line

A farmer and his flock

The RAF in training

A pleasant May day in the Winster Valley

Spring green at Stang Hill

A slow ascent to Pattison How

Nearing Simpson Ground and lunch

The boat house at How Tarn

Admiring the view at Cartmel Fell

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