These Thursday outings are limited to four miles, preferably without too much ascent, and on surfaced roads in consideration of Pete's advancing years (83) and his arthritis. I have run out of circular walks within acceptable driving distance of home that qualify and am now settling for linear there and back routes.
Because we elect to stay on roads I do try to select quiet lanes where we will not be too bothered by traffic, and yesterday I thought I had found one that satisfied all parameters - a two mile cul-de-sac ending with a lonely farm. Have a look at the map below- what would you have deduced?
Within seconds of putting feet to Tarmac we had cars whizzing past us in both direction almost non-stop on this single track road. We had started walking at 11:45am in consideration of a forecast implying improvement from rain thereafter. Well, we guessed the only explanation could be a caravan or camping site - I observed none of the cars had tow bars so a static site would be most likely.
Old Park Wood, marked on the map is an up-market static site run by Holker Hall Estate. We reckoned the visitors had all decided, like us, to await the improving weather before setting off for the day. Once past the site entrance we had peace and quiet with the odd shower enabling me to test my new acquisition: EuroSchirm Light Trek Umbrella bought from Ultralight Outdoors. I plan to take this on the resumption of my forthcoming backpacking walk - so far it seems to be a worthwhile addition considering weight is no longer critical having decided to forego tent and sleeping bag etc. and rely entirely on accommodation. Anyway, it is much lighter than the beast Nick Crane carries; I have the greatest respect for his achievements (and his writing). On the other hand the EuroSchirm may end up in that Davy Jones' locker of discarded rucksacks, gaiters, waist pouches, belts, et al that "seemed like a good idea at the time."
|Start/finish at junction with B5278|
|Identification of any of the flora here and below would be welcome,|
nothing unusual I am sure, but it is a blank area for me, much as I enjoy seeing it
|Note the walking poles holding the flowers steady against the strong wind|
|A rare moment without traffic|
|Beyond the caravan site it was tranquil. Just look at those huge blocks of stone used for this imposing limekiln - click to enlarge.|
|Looking south to Morecambe Bay and the Leven railway viaduct|