Wednesday, 15th March 2017

Walk: Across Clawthorpe Park to Clawthorpe hamlet, taking the path through Oakwood farm to reach Slape Lane, a green lane. Through the edge of the wood, to reach the road at spot height 118m.  We took the road up the hill to 163m.  We then took the footpath to the north of Holme Park Quarry, Home Park Farm then back to Holme along the canal and into the village.
Start Point: The Smithy Inn, Holme Grid Reference: SD 524 789
Distance: 5.5 mls Ascent: 400 feet
Time: Nearly 3 hours
Weather: A lovely spring day, chilly start but the mist evaporated with the sunshine  which stayed with us throughout.
Comments: A group of 29 persons turned up for this walk, with two visitors from Kirkham, Ann and John? new to Ramblers and a joyous welcome for Keith on his first walk since his illness.   This walk was a repeat of the one planned for last June, but then, a heavy thunderstorm meant that only 6 people turned up, and we eventually walked a much  shortened version. 
We were in for a treat as we started off along the canal with a swan for company.   Norman obviously spied the coke ovens across the canal.  Crawthorpe Park was devoid of horses, still too cold I expect.  In Crawthorpe itself the profuse snowdrops seen on the reccy had been replaced by golden daffodils, still very pretty.  We had to have a de-robing stop in Slape Lane as we were all getting too warm.  Although a little breezy, everybody enjoyed the break at the highest point on the walk where a lone tree survives in the craggy limestone outcrops.  From there it was all downhill on a well graded path, the limestone link, until we reached the main road.  The group were quite vigilant walking in single file for the short distance along this fast, busy road, as there were many heavy lorries on the move.  We then had a pleasant stroll along the canal back to Holme.  The proprietors of the Smithy are always very welcoming and we were served quickly with delicious hot food, in ‘manly’ serving portions!!   A really lovely day out today.

Time for ----

the leader to give a pep talk

The group of twenty eight commence the walk

Joining the defunct Preston to Kendal Canal at Holme

Information about the remains of old coke ovens at Holme -
the coke might have been used at the lime kiln seen at picture No 9

Over the stile to Clawthorpe

A spring scene

Off to Slape Lane

An old lime kiln - Wigan coal was shipped North along the
Preston to Kendal Canal and limestone taken south

Travesring Holme Park Fell

Descending Holme Park Fell

An ancient mile post near to Farleton Knott

Farleton Knott

This swan was hoping to be fed - alas it was disappointed

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