Wednesday, 9th May 2018

Walk: Slape Lane, Pickles Wood, Storth Wood to Dalton.  Around Lime Kiln Plantation Burial Ground to Harry Wood, Dalton Old Hall and Farm, Coat Green then return to Dalton Lane and main road to the King’s Arms.
Start Point: The Kings Arms, Burton in Kendal   Grid Reference: SD 530 763 
Distance: 5.5 miles Ascent: 500 feet
Time: 3 hours
Weather: Cloudy and overcast but fairly warm. A chilly wind at itmes.

Nineteen walkers arrived today and were welcomed by the landlord who suddenly realised that he had to cope with two groups for lunch!!  His team did very well, as we arrived as the regular Pensioner’s group were just finishing off.
We took the footpath practically opposite the pub which is a little bit of a pull up out of Burton, to reach the footpath going left (north) towards Slape Lane.  New growth was evident everywhere with lovely spring flowers and we were surprised to see a scattering of orchids. I think the Common Spotted variety. Last time I did this walk, in July 2003, it was very overgrown.  We skirted Pickles Wood and had a steady climb on a stony path, to a set of gates, where there was evidence of forestry work. We noticed the modern charcoal burning facility which I had never encountered before. The next part of the path towards Dalton was very muddy, but had dried out a bit since the reccy a couple of weeks earlier.  We had a welcome break in the wood above the Hamlet of Dalton before joining the road to Harry’s Wood. We utilised an open gateway to avoid a very problematical stone stile and walked on field paths to reach Dalton Old Hall and Farm. On this stretch and towards Coat Green we were surrounded by fields of sheep with their very young lambs, hundreds of them!  It was a lovely sight.  A few days earlier I had enjoyed watching a farmer rounding them up, using a quad bike, but also a sheep dog following whistle commands. The dry weather over the Bank Holiday had really dried out one particular path that was ankle deep with mud only the Friday before. Some of the grass had been cut for hay or silage too, which made our last few fields a bit easier to negotiate. 
We returned to the pub, tired, me anyway, but all exclaiming that it had been a wonderful varied walk and thoroughly enjoyed. The pub meals were served quickly and all together and mostly enjoyed.  Best chips around!!!

Wild flowers in abundance, the common spotted orchid


Wild strawberry

The charcoal burner provided a backdrop for portraits of Vera, Stewart and Judith

No show without Punch (Des! ) and John being a sophisticated back marker. Thank you

Wild cows, or part of the herd of naturalised cows . . .

in Storth Wood above the hamlet of Dalton

Enjoying our break above Dalton

June has brought plenty of layers - removing a few!

Margaret and Ann share a tree stump whilst young SUSAN shows her age!

A shady spot with Billy no mates keeping his own counsel.

Dalton Old Hall - note the round chimney stack.

Hairy beasts! Rather cuddly but the lamb is a standard breed.
Sadly it had a badly broken leg which wasn’t splinted?

I wonder what breed these are?

Thankfully this path had dried out fully in the lovey dry weather
over the weekend. It was a quagmire only 5 days before.

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