We keep Walking on....
| Sunday August 21st.
I am The Egg Man. 20 miles from Ings.
Leaders, Dave and Alma Walsh.
Fifteen walkers had assembled on a dry morning for this figure of eight route in South Lakeland.
We set off up the gated road from Ings village before crossing fields made wet by heavy overnight rain. Skirting the outskirts of Windermere we joined the Dales Way passing through Hag End farm with its newly opened cafe (which happened to be shut).
Heading south through fields & lanes we reached High House farm in Crook. This is the home of George the champion egg producer from the Lakes TV programme & hence the name of our walk.
After a morning break at the rebuilt tower of the former St Catherines church we rejoined the Dales Way which led us over the A591 to our lunch stop in the village of Staveley.
From Staveley we climbed up to the two tarns of Potters Tarn & Gurnal Dubbs with fine views of Kendal, Burneside & Cowan Head a former paper mill converted into luxury flats in the 1990s.
The sun came out as we headed west on Potter Fell. We then dropped into the Kentmere valley before returning to Ings. Six of the party then went into the WaterMill Pub for a well earned drink & two were tempted to eat there as well.
Dave and Alma.
Weds August 24th.
Bowland Round Part 4. Slaidburn to Giggleswick.
24 walkers and 1 dog
Weather: Fine and sunny. Heavy rain for the last 2 miles.
After meeting at the Hart's Head Hotel in the beautiful village
of Giggleswick our coach took us all to the start of the walk at
With Ian still injured, Norman was again promoted to second in command.
The first 1/2 mile was alongside the River Hodder then continuing
over farmland. It was very wet underfoot on this access land. We reached the the village of Tosside. Tosside is believed to be derived from Old Norse/Anglo Saxon. "Tod" meaning Fox and "Saetr" meaning "high summer pasture". The name gradually changed to Toddsett, then to Tossett, and ultimately to Tosside.
If members of the party thought that the underfoot conditions had been
bad up to now; well, to use an old saying "you ain't seen nothing yet". Gisburn forest certainly lived up to it's reputation for not being walker friendly with its non existant footpaths and boggy underfoot conditions. Not to be deterred, the group carried on to reach WelpStone Crag, and climb to the trig point at 371 metres.
After admiring the panoramic view and having our lunch, the route became easier as we left access land and entered farm land. Passing the farms of Upper Sheep Wash and Lower Sheep Wash, there were no prizes for guessing what went on here.
We eventually reached the Ribble Way Long Distance path, and that
kept us alongside the river until we came to Giggleswick.Here Norman took over with his "local Knowledge" to show us the Parish Church and the grave of Russel Harty, before leading us around the corner to the
Hart's Head Hotel car park and our cars. After a quick change of
footwear we spent a pleasant time in the Hotel looking forward to the
next section of the Bowland Round on Sept 21st. This will be Giggleswick to High Bentham.