Sunday, 19th July 2015

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
Time: 7 hours
Weather: Windy and wet at first then dry for rest of day
Comments:

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 . . .

The Howgills

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

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