GLW1704 : Burton's Crags & Fish Finger Baps
2nd April 2017
forgot my maps, my gps batteries were flat and my phone
refused to show its OS maps. Normally, this would
have been a rather embarrassing disaster but fortunately
today we were accompanying Roger and Denise on a walk
they had spotted in the Westmorland Gazette (which also
- similar article and
photo in Cumbria
had all the information necessary to lead us around
Burton's Hutton Roof and Dalton Crags, including John Edmondson's article.
landlord of the King's Arms kindly allowed us to leave
the car in the pub car park and we set off through Burton-in-Kendal
to find the path. This is a strange village. More
or less linear but that is no great surprise given its
history as being on a coaching road. Its oddness
is that the main street has a mixture of very old properties,
some of which have been gentrified and some have not.
It could be rather splendid but it's not there
route led us up a very muddy Slape Lane (an old bridle
path) where there was a view point with a rather unusual
Conventionally it had the
hills etched into the metal together with their names.
I thought it strange that part of the plaque was
obscured by dynotape but on closer gemination it turned
out to braille. A kind thought to explain the
view to those unfortunate not to be able to see it.
we climbed through into Pickles Wood.....
..... and then past the magnificent
limestone pavement of Lancelot Clark Storth (who he?)
to the trig point on Hutton Roof Crags.
is a superb view point- we could clearly see the Lakeland
fells, Ingleborough and, could that possibly be Blackpool
We thought so but examination of the blown-up
photograph suggests that what we thought was the Tower
was one of the arms of a giant windmill that was failing
to do its duty.
far the route had been mostly through lightly wooded
areas until reaching the open summit. The return,
after the car park featuring a van with an Audi inspired
.....dropped down through Dalton Crags to rather different countryside- the gentle rolling
pastures of Dalton Old Hall and Coat Green Farms. At
the latter we saw two just-born lambs, two quite unusual
giant sheep with magnificent twirled horns and a cow
with a peculiar choice of horn-adornment.
, featuring a very up-market hen house and a pair of
kissing trees, led us back to Burton and the King's Arms.
we had a quite unexpected reward. A welcoming
pub with friendly landlord. A fish finger and
mayonnaise butty accompanied by deep fried potato skins.
A first for all of us and totally delicious. What
a way to finish a Great Little Walk!
Sunday 2nd April 2017
Distance: 6.5 miles
Height climbed: 907 feet
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