Sunday, 8th March 2015

Walk: Yealand Conyers. Warton Crag, Crag Foot, Leighton Moss, Leighton Hall      
Start Point: Car park at Tewitfield Grid Reference: SD 520 736
Distance: 10 miles Ascent: 1,220 feet
Time: 5.5 hours
Weather: Light rain at first but dry and improving throughout the day

16 people took part in the walk starting from the Langlands Hotel at Tewitfield locks. Crossing the M6 motorway and under the West Coast railway line we made our way up to Yealand Conyers. From there we climbed to an ancient limestone kiln and after pausing to read the information board continued onto Warton Crag where we stopped for elevenses.

We then continued on down towards the coast to emerge onto a road at Crag Foot. A short road walk took us onto a marsh at Quaker’s Stang heading towards Jenny Brown’s Point. It was the leader’s intention to avoid sitting in the cold wind on the marsh and instead have lunch at the RSPB sanctuary at Leighton Moss so turning right onto a path heading for Leighton Moss we duly arrived ready to eat. We were rewarded by a sheltered spot round the back of the building with ‘proper’ seats to sit on and by then the sun had come out (full marks to Roger for a superb lunch spot!!)

Leaving the lunch spot we made our way across the reserve on a track that leads to Leighton Hall and after following the path to the left up a steep incline we were rewarded with wonderful views across the Lake District and much of our route that day. A short descent then took us back to Yealand Conyers where we retraced our route back to Tewitfield 

Raining as we leave Tewitfield

Crossing underneath the West Coast line

An abundance of snowdrops in Yealand Conyers

Twin bell towers but only one bell at Yealand Conyers church

Ancient lime kiln . . .

at Peter Lane

David re-lives his youth on a rope swing

Elevenses on Warton Crag

Warton Crag and Quakers Stang on the way to . . .

Leighton Moss for lunch

Crossing the bird sanctuary at Leighton Moss . . .

before climbing up to some seats above Yealand Conyers . . .

from where we get a good view of Leighton Moss nature reserve . . .

and Leighton Hall

Ingleborough comes into view as we head back to Tewitfield

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