Author Topic: Haverthwaite to Grange-Over-Sands  (Read 673 times)

richardh1905

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Haverthwaite to Grange-Over-Sands
« on: 17:35:07, 20/01/20 »
Not a full TR, but some photos from a meandering 11 mile walk from Haverthwaite to Grange in the South Lakes.

My wife dropped me off in a layby just south of Haverthwaite with Tess, our spaniel. From here a pleasant mile through mossy woodland took me to Backbarrow. I continued north towards Newby Bridge, but the path degenerated into a quagmire as it crossed a low saddle - overgrazing by cows - very unpleasant, and on my newly initiated banned list!


Miniature rain forest - moss growing on the stems of bilberries

Crossing the busy A590 upset Tess, but quieter lanes led to Staveley in Cartmell, from where a delightful bridleway took me eastwards up through woodland and pasture to a mature forestry plantation (Chapel House). On the plateau above the trees opened out, and after a mile I took a short detour to take a look at Simpson Ground Reservoir, surprisingly beautiful in the winter sun.


Woodland Bridleway above Staveley


Looking back westwards as I climbed



Sunlit Conifers


Lichen 'flowers'


Tranquil Simpson Ground Reservoir - no prizes for guessing who made the ripples!

A few miles of minor road walking took me to High Newton, where my cunning plan to have a lunch time pint and a bite to eat was thwarted by the pub being shut! No choice but to press on, hungry and thirsty. Lanes and bridleways took me to the northern end of Hampsfell, home territory now, and I fairly blasted up the northern ridge, through limestone scrubland. On top, there are some fine areas of limestone pavement, and, of course, the Hampsfell Hospice, with its crude 'sighting table' on the roof. A sign lists the bearings of the prominent hills, and you rotate the sight to the correct bearing to identify the hill.


The verdant Cartmel Valley


Limestone pavement on Hampsfell


Hampsfell Hospice - cows in residence!

On the home straight now, descending southwards along the ridge to Fell End, where I was rewarded by an excellent view of Morecambe Bay Sands in the fading light.


Morecambe Bay Sands from Fell End

Arrived home as the light was fading, hungry and thirsty after 11 miles, but happy.
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Re: Haverthwaite to Grange-Over-Sands
« Reply #1 on: 18:44:08, 20/01/20 »
Lovely clear pics of an area that I'm ashamed to say I have only ever driven through O0


Newton Fell looks ( from the road) an intriguing little chunk of high ground so next week can you have a walk up there and show us what it's like
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Re: Haverthwaite to Grange-Over-Sands
« Reply #2 on: 19:06:57, 20/01/20 »
Lovely pics Richard  O0

I don't know the area either so please continue with more TR's and your own banned list  ;D

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Re: Haverthwaite to Grange-Over-Sands
« Reply #3 on: 19:28:46, 20/01/20 »
Lovely clear pics of an area that I'm ashamed to say I have only ever driven through O0


Newton Fell looks ( from the road) an intriguing little chunk of high ground so next week can you have a walk up there and show us what it's like
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Thanks Karl. In the past I would always drive past on my way to 'better things', but now that I live here, I am really beginning to appreciate this lovely intimate area.

I've walked the minor roads around Newton Fell, but I suspect that it would be a struggle trying to follow the crest of the ridge, even though it is access land. I would recommend Hampsfell to the south. Very rewarding.
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Re: Haverthwaite to Grange-Over-Sands
« Reply #4 on: 19:30:35, 20/01/20 »
Lovely pics Richard  O0

I don't know the area either so please continue with more TR's and your own banned list  ;D

I hope you enjoy your new job Richard  :)

Thanks April.

Actually I have just got a new short term job - a few days working in the forests on the eastern flank of Whitbarrow.

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Re: Haverthwaite to Grange-Over-Sands
« Reply #5 on: 19:31:02, 20/01/20 »
Viewranger route if you want to see exactly where I went:

https://my.viewranger.com/route/details/Mjc5NzQzMg==

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Re: Haverthwaite to Grange-Over-Sands
« Reply #6 on: 19:35:11, 20/01/20 »
Great pics Richard.
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Re: Haverthwaite to Grange-Over-Sands
« Reply #7 on: 07:39:11, 21/01/20 »
Great pics Richard.

Thanks Ridge. :)

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Re: Haverthwaite to Grange-Over-Sands
« Reply #8 on: 10:11:56, 21/01/20 »
Grange is a relaxing place to visit on a nice day. Might be a good place to stay for a hol too,
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Re: Haverthwaite to Grange-Over-Sands
« Reply #9 on: 12:37:24, 21/01/20 »
Nice local pictures and an attractive limestone pavement.  O0

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I've walked the minor roads around Newton Fell, but I suspect that it would be a struggle trying to follow the crest of the ridge, even though it is access land.

I thought I recognized the names: after an internal search I found our backpack around Windermere that covered some of that route and also Newton Fell, but I can't remember a thing about it!.

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Re: Haverthwaite to Grange-Over-Sands
« Reply #10 on: 16:20:44, 21/01/20 »
Grange is a relaxing place to visit on a nice day. Might be a good place to stay for a hol too,

Proving to be a pretty decent place to live too!

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Re: Haverthwaite to Grange-Over-Sands
« Reply #11 on: 16:21:49, 21/01/20 »
Nice local pictures and an attractive limestone pavement.  O0

Thanks vg

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Re: Haverthwaite to Grange-Over-Sands
« Reply #12 on: 21:23:57, 21/01/20 »
Really nice photos again Richard O0
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Re: Haverthwaite to Grange-Over-Sands
« Reply #13 on: 08:07:28, 22/01/20 »
Thanks again Tracey. I feel privileged to live so close to such beautiful and interesting country.

I did an 11 mile walk with the dog yesterday, through the nearby Winster valley, and around a lesser limestone hill - so peaceful, all I could hear were the birds singing.

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Re: Haverthwaite to Grange-Over-Sands
« Reply #14 on: 22:20:31, 22/01/20 »
More lovely pics  :)   I like the first one and the sunlit trees.
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