Sunday, 5th October 2014

Walk: Over Kellet and Nether Kellet
Start Point: Barkers Bridge, layby A6 Crag Bank, Carnforth Grid Reference: SD 487 693
Distance: 7 miles Ascent: 600 feet
Time: 5 hours
Weather: Dry and mainly sunny
Comments: The group of fifteen first followed the Lancaster Canal tow path to Hodgson’s Bridge (No 129) before leaving the canal and heading for the M6 Motorway and Over Kellet. Part of this route has been diverted in the last couple of years around an industrial estate (sometimes referred to as Pam’s Estate) and runs parallel to the motorway fence. On reaching Over Kellet the group made use of the many seats around the Green and took a break in comfort. Leaving the Green the route climbed up to Slack’s Wood. Here, there was a chance to take in the pleasant views. The path then entered Kit Bill Wood and Helks Wood, which skirts the top of an active quarry, before emerging at a view point at the top of Laithbuts Lane (track). Morecambe Bay could be seen from here. After lunch the group descended Laithbuts Lane to pass through Nether Kellet before continuing on to Crag Bank and the start point. Hidden under a tree in Main Street, Nether Kellet is a plaque commemorating the death of two men. They were inspecting gas pipe lines in the area when the helicopter they were in failed in mid-air and crashed into a field near the village.

The start of the walk

A reflection of Calypso

A marina in Carnforth

Leaving the Lancaster Canal at Hodgsons Bridge No 129

Fourteen faces on Hodgsons Bridge

On the opposite side of the canal Tow Path and heading for the M6 Motorway

Plenty of old farm implements - but where is the horse to pull them

On the approach to Over Kellet

Sorry! The pump at Over Kellet has run dry (1)

A view of Over Kellet from Slack's Wood (2)

One of the steepest parts of the walk

A view of Over Kellet from Slack's Wood (1)

Fungi near High Road Quarry

A former Lime Kiln at High Road Quarry

Bill tries his hand at leading

Descending Laithbuts Lane, Nether Kellet

A view of Morecambe Bay from Nether Kellet (1)

A church gate in Nether Kellet

This plaque on Main Road Nether Kellet is to commemorate the lives of two men who died when the helicopter they were inspecting gas pipe lines from, crashed

A number of new gates had been provided

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