Wednesday, 13th May 2015

Walk: Hag Wood, Gate Crag, Simpson ground, Ravens Barrow and Cartmel Fell
Start Point: Church car park, Cartmel Fell Grid Reference: SD 416 879
Distance: 8 miles Ascent: 1,000 feet
Time: 5 hours
Weather: Mainly sunny with a sneaky cool breeze
Comments: This walk has become an annual bluebell pilgrimage and was timed just right to see bluebells and many other wild spring flowers in bloom.  Sixteen people took part in this circular walk that first headed east over the River Winster before turning south through Hag Wood to re-cross the River Winster and head west for Gate Crag.  At this point the route took a gradual incline to reach a derelict farm at Pattison How before levelling out to Simpson Ground.  The route then continued to Middle Tarn, Raven’s Barrow and Cartmell fell before dropping steeply to the start point.  A good walk and the Lake District was at its best on a beautiful spring day.

The annual Bluebell Walk

Can you smell the wild garlic

A blue orchid maybe

Capturing the scene at Simpson Ground

Simpson Ground

Man slinging his hook at Simpson Ground

One of many views

A gateway to the hills

A lone swan on Middle Tarn

A view from Cartmel Fell

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