Sunday, 6th May 2018

Walk: Old Quarry Road, Great Asby Scar, Sayle Lane, Great Asby Dale Beck, Gaythorne Hall, Gaythorne Cottages, Gaythorne Plain
Start Point: Gaythorne Plain Grid Reference: NY 631 107
Distance: 9 miles Ascent: 830 feet
Time: 5 hours
Weather: Warm sunshine from start to finish. No wind in the morning but a breeze picked up in the afternoon.
Comments:

12 walkers. Great views from Cross Fell to 9 Standards; the Howgills to High Street, Kidsty and Blencathra. No other walkers seen on a Bank Holiday Sunday. Lambs, skylarks, curlew, marsh marigolds, primroses, violets and cowslips. (Most if not all seen outside the Asby Scar National Nature Reserve!)

Setting out on the Quarry Road over Gaythorne Plain

Cross Fell in the background as we climb up to Asby Scar

Descending through the Asby Scar Nature Reserve

Cowslips

Marsh Marigolds in profusion in Sayle Lane

Heading down Sayle Lane towards Great Asby

Arriving in Great Asby. This was our lunch stop

Cherry blossom in Great Asby

Contrasting leaf growth

Post lunch climb towards Halligill

At the edge of Halligill Woods

There was a bank covered with primroses near Halligill

As the final matches in the championship were being played,
the leader took great comfort from seeing a fine Ram

The back is now the front of the Hall

Gaythorne Hall. The former main entrance

By the beck above Gaythorne Hall

Heading up to Gaythorne Cottages

Returning across Gaythorne Plain

When we were nearly back to the cars we disturbed this lizard. It is possibly a sand lizard

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