Wednesday, 4th March 2015

Walk: Windy Hill Farm, Hawkrigg, Strawberry Bank, Saint Sunday’s Bridge, Low Bleaze, Strang, Barrows Green
Start Point: Oxenhome Railway Station Grid Reference: SD 531 901
Distance: 8 miles Ascent: 600 feet
Time: 4 hours
Weather: Cool but sunny all day
Comments: Three of the Fylde Group took a rail trip to Oxenholme (Kendall) and then wandered through the undulating countryside that lies between the Lakeland Fells and the Howgills.  The circular route took them through some nice scenery where each change of direction offered a different view.  To the east could be seen the Howgills, whilst to the west and north could be seen the Lakeland Fells.  The footpaths in the main were well marked but there was the odd instance when Compass and GPS played a part.  Some waymark signs had faded and were unreadable.  Hot drinks were available on the railway station and at premises to the rear of the station.  Toilets are available on the station.  The walk offered peace and solitude.  On route the trio spoke only to a farmer who was “laying” hedge and a couple of fellow walkers towards the end of the walk.  Oxenholme is a half hour train ride from Preston with the return fare, using a Senior Rail Card, being £11.75.

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Saint Sunday's Bridge crossing Saint Sunday's Beck

Strolling along Highgate Lane

Not - One Tree Hill - but Lowblease Hill

The eastern side of the walk

Stang - near to Saint Sunday's Beck

A flooded Bridlepath to the left of the hedge and flooded footpath to the right

Helm End

The snow covered Howgills

Looking over Kendal towards the Lakeland Fells

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