Sunday, 22nd March 2015

Walk: Gummers How, Chapel House, Simpson Ground, Juniper Fell, Carr Fell, Rankthorns Plantation, Ravens Barrow, Heights Cottage, Sow How Tarn
Start Point: Free Car Park for Gummers How in Astleys Plantation Grid Reference: SD 389 876
Distance: 10.4 miles Ascent: 2,000 feet
Time: 5.75 hours
Weather: A fine sunny day temperatures reaching 12 degrees, a beautiful sunny day for good views.
Comments: 16  walkers set out from Astleys Plantation and the Gummers How car park, we climbed Gummers How and were rewarded with breathtaking views as far as the eye could see. Down from the How we stopped for coffee before we set out along Sow How Lane, turning right to enter a broad pathway through the plantation, this took us down to Chapel House the southerly most point of the plantation and our return part of the walk. A steep initial climb back up to the plantation edge and onto Simpsons Ground. Just before Simpsons Ground Farm we stopped for Lunch. After lunch we passed over Juniper Fell and Carr Fell, to reach a tarmac roadway which took us uphill to a signpost to turn right eventually entering Rankthorns Plantation. On through the plantation and out onto tarmac again we turned left looking for a signpost left to take us up over Ravens Barrow, over the brow to Heights Cottage and onwards to pass Middle Tarn and Sow How Tarn. On reaching Sow How Farm we turned right to take the path between the farm buildings and back onto Sow How Lane. This took us back to our start point at Astleys Plantation

Car park at Gummer's How picnic site

Astley's Plantation

Zooming in on Lakeside, before starting the climb to . . .

Gummer's Howe

Lake Windermere

Gummer's Howe summit . . .

where the group admire the view . . .

and David poses for the photo

Gina . . .

and Christine check out the trig point

Looking north up Windermere

The descent

Elevenses in Astley Plantation

The view from Sow How Lane

Entering the track at Astley's Plantation which leads to . . .

Chapel House Plantation and Barrow Banks

Lunch time

A tarn with a private island on the way to . . .

Carr Fell!

Continuing down the track

We pass a black and white reminder that Summer is on its way

A 'Harry Potter' tree . . .

with wild primoses growing nearby

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