Hampsfell to Cark

 

8th March 2012

             

            

 

Walk: Hospice on Hampsfell, Cartmel Village and Cark
Start Point: Grange over Sands Railway Station Grid Reference: N/A
Distance: 6 miles Ascent: 1,000 feet
Time: 3.5 hours    
Weather: Sunny start changing to overcast mid afternoon. A cool breeze in exposed areas.
Comments:

he Rail Carders decided to walk another part of the Cistercian Way. This time from Grange over Sands to Cark via Cartmel Priory and the Hospice on Hampsfell. The carders joined the Cistercian Way in Eggerslack Wood and then followed a long woodland path up to Merlewood before emerging on to Bishop Allotment and heading for the Hospice on Hampsfell. On the climb through the woods a deer was keeping an eye on the walkers. Having taken in the views of the Lakeland Fells, the Kent Estuary and Morecambe Bay the foursome re-joined the Cistercian Way and descended in to Cartmel and took lunch in the Priory grounds. Continuing on their journey they passed through Cartmel Race Course (where there are some new and free toilets) and Lane Park to follow a surfaced part of the Cistercian Way to emerge on to a highway near to Cuckoo Bridge on the outskirts of Cark. After a coffee in the local hostelry the carders boarded a train at Cark. The rail fare from Preston was 8.10 return per person using a Senior Rail Card / Disabled Rail Card. (A deaf person can obtain a Disabled Rail Card for 20 per annum. The holder can also take a friend along and he/she will also be allowed a third off the normal rail fare). Please note that not all trains stop at Cark.

Map: OL7 The English Lakes (South Eastern area)


Scroll down to see photos of the walk

The Cistercian Way

 

One of the ways to Hampsfell

 

Passing through Eggerslack Wood . . .

 

where a deer was seen to watch Ramblers pass by

 

Weatherworn limestone on Hampsfell

 

Three young ladies on Hampsfell, having climbed from Grange Railway Station

 

The Hospice on Hampsfell

 

An inscription on the Hospice - is it a warning to Ramblers

 

Only Pam is brave enough to examine the direction pointer on top of the Hospice

 

No beating about the bush for this trio

 

Cartmel Priory on the Cistercian Way

 

Cartmel Village

 

A tight squeeze for a tourist coach

 

Another narrow access in Cartmel

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