Sunday, 22nd November 2015

Walk: The Helm, Natland, Sedgwick, Kendal and Oxenholme
Start Point: Oxenholme Railway Station CP Grid Reference: SD 531 900
Distance: 8.5 miles Ascent: 950 feet
Time: 5.5 hours
Weather: Dry with sunny intervals – temperature hovering just a few degrees above freezing point

Although there had been many days of heavy rain prior to the walk, the sun shone for most of the day and it was mainly dry underfoot.  However, in the village of Natland it was found that the intended route across a field was under water (see picture) and a diversion had to be made.  Twenty one people took part in the walk which started at Oxenholme Railway Station car park.  From the car park the route headed uphill to the trig point on The Helm where views around the compass could be seen.  These included the Howgills, Ingleborough, Lakeland Fells, Arnside and part of Morecambe Bay.  Dropping down from The Helm the group passed through Natland and then via the remains of the former Lancaster Canal (Northern Reaches) and via Sedgwick to pass to the south of Sedgwick House on route to Forge Bridge and the River Kent.  The latter half of the walk followed the River Kent, on its east bank, to a point just beyond Watercrook Farm before turning east on the outskirts of Kendal to join Oxenholme Road back to the start point.

Ascent of The Helm

A view of Kendal from The Helm

Snow covered Howgills seen from The Helm

The Trig point on The Helm

On the way down from the trig point on the way to Natland

An escapee from a Christmas card

Natland - a subterranean public footpath

Joining the former Lancaster Canal at Larkrigg Hall Bridge

Nature has reclaimed a former canal towpath

An unusual picture frame

A view of Sedgwick House

In transit from the former canal to the River Kent

Another view of Sedgick House

A narrowing of the River Kent at Forge Bridge

Crossing the River Kent by a suspension bridge whilst ---

these two pass under it

Using a riverside path by the River Kent

Paddlers on the River Kent

Late November sun

A stile beside the Kent

Captain Pugwash sat here

The gateway to the Lakes

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