Sunday, 27th January 2019

Walk: Cinderbarrow, Yealand Conyers, Deepdale Wood, Leighton Hall, Yealand Storres, White Moss, Hilderstone
Start Point: Cinderbarrow Picnic Site Car Park (Free) Grid Reference: SD 513 758 
Distance: 8.1 miles Ascent: 800 feet
Time: 4.5 miles
Weather: A  cold windy day but stayed dry
Comments:

14 walkers set out from the car park onto a short road stretch before descending onto the towpath of the Lancaster canal. This right turn took us along the towpath only for a short distance as the canal was cut off from the main navigable line through the construction of the M6 motorway. We had to leave the towpath to cross over the M6 and continued past the former Tewitfield Locks to eventually pass under the M6 and made our way across farmland paths to reach and cross the A6 and our route into Yealand Conyers. Taking a footpath outside the village we followed Dykes Lane to arrive at Dykes House and access to a field footpath which took us to our coffee stop on the outskirts of Yealand Conyers. On into the village we stopped at the Quaker Meeting House and burial ground. This is where Quaker Leader George Fox preached in Yealand Conyers in 1652. He became a firm friend of local man Richard Hubberthorne and a commemoration is shown on the Quaker School building in the village. On up Peter Lane out of the village and a stile into Deepdale Wood. On through the wood we descended down a steep limestone footpath to pass Deepdale pond and our heading towards Leighton Hall and Leighton Holme Farm. We then crossed a number of fields following a clear straight line towards Yealand Storres where we stopped for lunch. After lunch we passed through the village making a headway to White Moss an area of woodland pathways. On clearing the wood we crossed the A6 to gain an access to a bridleway which was our heading towards Hilderstone on a clear footpath ending up on the outskirts of the village. From the village we crossed Moss Bridge over the West Coast Main Line and a stile onto the Lancaster Canal. This left us a mile ramble along the towpath to reach Bridge142 and our exit. A short stroll along the road we passed through a wooded copse and an access to Cinderbarrow car park.

All ready to go . . .

away from the M6 . . .

Coffee stop

Richard Hubberthorne

Into Deepdale Wood

A steep descent

Almost down

Leighton Hall

Lunch stop

Bridge 142

Leaving the towpath

Almost home

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