Sunday, 18th May 2014

Walk: The Heights, Browfoot, Ullthwaite Bridge, Sawmill cottage, Park House, Littlewood Farm, Barley Bridge
Start Point: The Mill Yard car park, Staveley Grid Reference: SD 471 982
Distance: 8.5 miles Ascent: 1,600 feet
Time: 5 hours
Weather: Warm and dry with good sunny spells       
Comments: Nineteen walkers turned out for this eight and a half mile walk starting from the mill yard at Staveley.
Following the A591 towards Ings before turning off on a footpath to the right we headed uphill to eventually join up with the track to Ullthwaite bridge (part of the route that we had done on an earlier walk from Ings). Passing under the Williamson monument to our right we headed down through fields to Ullthwaite bridge.
From here it was almost parallel to the river Kent past sawmill cottage until reaching a works site where we crossed over a road bridge to the Kentmere/Staveley road. After a short distance down the road we turned onto a track to the left and headed up once more past a plantation and under Millrig Knott to reach a track to Park House. The track joins Hall Lane and some of the group decided to return to Staveley via this route while the rest of the party climbed once more towards High House to reach a track which took us to Ghyll Bank and on past Brunt Knott farm.
From here it was down the lane to Littlewood farm where we re-grouped before heading uphill for the last time before descending to Barley Bridge and Staveley. On reaching the mill yard we re-joined the rest of the party who had left to return via Hall Lane as they indulged in some welcome ‘al-fresco’ refreshment at Wilf’s cafe.
A very pleasant walk that was enjoyed by all.         

Roger gives last minute instructions before we set off

Leaving Staveley

Heading uphill

to track downhill to Ullthwaite Bridge . . .

with views towards Kentmere

Time for elvenses on a rocky outcrop . . .

before heading down to Kentmere valley

Time for some macro shots . . .

and again

There are still plenty of bluebells in bloom . . .

as we climb out of the valley once more

The Horse Whisperer!!!

Heading down to Park House . . .

where the gorse is in full flower . . .

covering the hillside

Climbing up for the last time towards Staveley . . .

but first we have to negotiate this unusual combination stile

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