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.

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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