Sunday, 20th May 2018

Walk:

Orton, Stone Circle, Sunbiggin, Settlement by Maisongill, Asby Winderwath Common, Great Asby Scar, Beacon above Orton Scar, Robin Hood’s Grave and finally a lime kiln above Orton

Start Point: Orton Grid Reference: NY 621 082 
Distance: 13 miles Ascent: 1,500 feet
Time: 6 hours
Weather: Beautiful. Some wind but warm with hazy skies.
Comments:

A good walk taking in fields and limestone paving with excellent views all around. This was a repeat of my earlier walk which had been abandoned due to deep snow and blizzard conditions, what a difference.
Nine people completed the walk and six topped the day off with coffees and cream teas in the coffee shop.

Orton in warm sunshine and . . .

Orton in the depths of winter on the 18th March 2018

Striding out to our next goal

Our path was almost impassable in March due to deep snow drifts

Standing at the centre spot of a stone circle . . .

of which there are many in the area

Lamb rescue

Elevenses as we ascend into limestone country

This Orchid was spotted by the side of our
path with several others being seen later

Taking a closer look

Heading towards Great Asby Scar where we saw these people
practising target shooting, the targets being almost on the horizon

Initially following the path beside the limestone pavement . . .

we go slightly off path . . .

and with heads down, we added a short length of limestone paving to our walk . . .

before taking a look back across the pavement

An ideal spot for lunch

A short climb takes us to . . .

a beacon which is marked . . .

as a cairn on the map . . .

and which has its own information plaque

Almost back in Orton . . .

and Kath takes in the view from atop this limestone kiln . . .

although the kiln could do with a little bit of TLC

All Saints Church in Orton is dominated by the 16th Century perpendicular tower

In 2007 the tower was treated with a coat of lime to help prevent damage from damp.

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