Today 12 ramblers took part in the walk which although listed as 9 and a half miles was only 8. The 5 members of the Fenland group were joined by 7 from other local groups ( Stamford).The day started warm and sunny and continued like this for the whole route.The circular route took in Laxton Hall and the woods. There was very little shade along the way and very little breeze. The terrain was slightly hilly compared to the flat landscape of the Fens. A good walk with views of the viaduct and Church travelling beside the corn crops and 2 crossed between the cornfields.
12 walkers turned out for today’s walk from Barrowden including Ed & Christine who we hadn’t seen for some time and a 16 year old girl who only joined the Ramblers this week after returning from trekking in Bolivia. She lives outside our area and will therefore be an infrequent walker with our group. However, she seemed to enjoy both the walk and the company. It was a wonderful sunny day as shown by the picture of Harringworth viaduct beyond the village of Shotley.
While in Wales at a scout camp myself and son were joined by Linda Wales and Diana Sleight to walk up the Foxes path from the Gwernan Lake Hotel .Although the route is shorter in distance than the pony track the path was steeper. The view of Cadair Idris from the Llyn y Gadair was stunning. The day was extra special as the day had hardly any rain and was clear while we were at the lake.
Home again after a weather curtailed, but nonetheless enjoyable, holiday in the southern lakes. The highlight of the holiday had to be the walk across Morecambe Bay closely followed by a walk from Hawkshead. Both of these were undertaken in super weather conditions which make a world of difference to any walk. Much of this holiday was outside the true boundary of the Lake District National Park but the high hills were never too far away. My one excursion to the hills was restricted to the flanks of Coniston Old Man on Walna Scar Road at a maximum height of 1,230ft. Sadly, the weather turned more changeable so I decided to come home 3 days early. 6 walks were undertaken totalling 43½ miles and 7,100ft of ascent. The seasons totals now stand at 319 miles and 60,700ft of ascent.
For today’s walk I had the choice of a 25 mile drive to climb Wetherlam (2,476ft) or a more local 9 mile walk with 1,200ft of ascent starting from Silverdale. The latter won out and given the heat & sunshine, I think that it was a good idea. The walk passed the starting point for yesterday’s Bay walk and circled the Leighton Moss RSPB reserve visited last week. Whilst the walk only reached the dizzy height of 400ft above sea level, which was visited at Jenny Brown’s Point, it was quite undulating and as a final walk for the holiday, was as much as I wanted to do in the prevailing hot weather. Sadly, it doesn’t look as if the sun will shine much for the remainder of the week and I’ve therefore decided to cut the holiday short by 3 days and to come home early.
Today’s walk was most unusual in that it was only 4 miles as the crow flies with zero ascent. However, it turned out to be just a little over 5 miles with some very minor ups and downs. It was, of course, a walk across Morecambe Bay from Gibraltar Farm, near Silverdale to Humphrey Head, south of Grange over Sands. This was a led walk by www.morecambecrossbaywalk.co.uk and was undertaken by at least 150 walkers. Apparently, there can be up to 400 on these walks. The route was something of a zig-zag to avoid the quick sand and involved knee-deep crossing of some fast flowing tidal channels. Any deeper and it would have certainly swept you off your feet. The weather was perfect on a fairly still & sunny day and was perhaps a little too warm as testified by my sunburnt legs. It was a once in a lifetime experience and something that everyone should try.
Today’s walk was 7 miles with 1,300ft of ascent from Hawkshead. It was one of the most enjoyable walks that I’ve done in the Lake District and just goes to show that you don’t have to head for the high hills and can avoid the crowds by staying lower down. The route from Hawkshead was across farmland (with cows) and country lanes to the Victorian Wray Castle on the shore of Lake Windermere. After a couple of miles along the shore, the hard work began with a 700ft climb through woodland to emerge with spectacular views of the Langdale Pikes, Bow Fell, Crinkle Crags, Wetherlam, Swirl How and Coniston Old Man. Summits that I’ve done in the past but I was glad that I was looking at them in the distance on a wonderful sunny day.