|Walk:||Fox’s Pulpit, Stocks, Firbank, Whinny Haw, Lily Mere, Killington Lake|
|Start Point:||A684 lay-by N of Sedbergh||Grid Reference:||SD 600 923|
|Distance:||11.1 miles||Ascent:||1,650ft feet|
|Weather:||Windy and wet at first then dry for rest of day|
Ten people joined the leader for this walk starting from the lay-by on the A684 Sedbergh road. A precarious road walk (no footpaths) took us onto a bridleway and eventually to Fox’s Pulpit where in 1652 George Fox preached to around 1.000 people for 3 hours and thus the Quaker movement (the society of friends) was established.
From here we took a right turn towards the valley before contouring Firbank Fell to cross the A684 again lower down. Once across the road we skirted the perimeter of Lily Mere (which is on private land) following a vague footpath through the boggy heather which was alive with damsel flies before reaching the eastern side of Killington Lake
We made our way around the lake and across the M6 crossing Fairthorns Road and followed the ridge parallel to the M6 Northbound carriageway to Roan Edge Quarry. From here it was across the M6 once more and back to the cars
The weather looks bad as we prepare to set off . . .
but it soon clears as we head towards . . .
There is still plenty of evidence of the heavy overnight rain . . .
which led to some tricky manoeuvres on the path
We stop for elevenses at Fox's pulpit . . .
where in 1652 George Fox preached to around 1,000 "seekers" in the first gathering of the Quakers
Continuing towards the Howgills . . .
we get a good view of the surrounding countryside
and pass some newly shorn Alpacas . . .
before stopping for lunch
Around Lily Mere we come across lots of Damsel flies . . .
before reaching Killington Lake
which can be seen better from the other side of the M6
The weather has cleared now
The quarry has undergone a vast expansion and is now on both sides of the path