Wednesday, 24th June 2015

Walk: This walk takes us south along the canal towards Burton-in-Kendal, then inland along Slane Lane, a bridle way, towards Pickles Wood. We return across limestone pavement at the base of Crawthorpe Fell. Walk includes canal towpath, footpaths, tracks and minor roads.
Start Point: The Smithy Inn, Holme Grid Reference: SD 524 789
Distance: 5.1 miles Ascent: 350 feet
Time: 2.75 hours
Weather: A pleasant day, warm but overcast for most of the morning.  Fortunately it stayed dry throughout.
Comments:

Twenty one people walked today. Half the group took the advice about arriving early to avoid the dray as it arrived at 9.55am and blocked the entrance to the car park, so about 4 cars had to park on the road, but that wasn’t a real problem.  Unusually we had an easy start with a long section alongside the canal, south to the edge of Burton in Kendal.  Baby ducklings were admired with several adults to look after them, and we had a good view down to the Mill Lodges of Holme Mills, quite a large complex of industry in the past.  We had a gentle ascent along Slane Lane to Pickles Wood, fortunately the insects weren’t too bad along there today. We had our break where more adventurous walkers, not in our group, could take the footpath to Hutton Roof.  The catch on one of the gates along this stretch proved to be a technical obstacle to the men, only to be opened easily by the leader -  one up for the ladies!
A gradual descent brought us to Crawshore Wood where the dry conditions made crossing the limestone pavement very easy.  With only one stone stile to negotiate throughout the whole walk we made good time and arrived back at the Smithy Inn before one o’clock where we enjoyed some very tasty dishes at a reasonable cost.  An enjoyable walk.

Ann gives information about the walk

Leaving the Smithy

Four young ladies

Lush countryside

Gatemen

Information

Crossing a Limestone Pavement at Clawthorp Fell

More of the Limestone Pavement

A stile in a limestone wall

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