BB1104 : The B Team

Thursday 3rd March 2011

I am not sure that I like being in the B team but that is the reality, this week.  Having said that, I should be grateful to be in any team at all as I fully expected to be recovering from the surgeon's knife.  But as it was decided not to slice my brain open, it left me free to contact the BOOTboys and see who was game for what.    

Bryan had already made other, more adventurous plans.  He reminded me that he and Stuart H were off to Scotland soon with unclimbed Monros as targets.  They were in need of some "slightly harder" mileage in preparation so were going to the Scandale / Red Screes circuit.

However, Philip, Stan and Pete all agreed to a soft walk around Levens.  Just as well as it turned out as Margaret and I had a rather disturbed night due to Granny being poorly and needing the doctor.  How glad I was that we weren't doing anything too strenuous!

Looking back to Levens and Whitbarrow Scar

We met at Stan's in Levens on what was to prove to be a glorious day and headed north on the high road.  

Once out of the village and into the fields, our navigational concentration fell second to chatting and we made a bit of a pig's ear of the route over to Sizergh Castle.

Howewer, it was not without interest, what with the masses of huge old molehills plus cute young lambs that just stayed still long enough for a photo!.


The young lambs

Old molehills

Sizergh Castle garden

Low Sizergh Farm Trail pond

We had no such problems about finding Low Sizergh where we followed the farm trail as far as the caravan site by the River Kent.  Here, we turned downstream.  The character of the river changes considerably between the footbridge and the Force Bridge with its rapids.

Upstream from the footbridge

Upstream from the roadbridge

Downstream from the footbridge

Downstream from the roadbridge

Striking off east, we climbed to cross the filled-in canal.  After continuing up the hill, lunch was taken at the bench with open views to the west and north.

Lunch stop view

Comitibus: Well Heads Lane

Hincaster Canal Tunnel

After lunch and a bit of roadwork, we crossed several fields to emerge by the Hincaster Canal Tunnel.  Climbing past Hincaster Hall, we made our way over to High Barns farm then down to join the main road by Levens Hall and Park.  

Hincaster Hall

Levens Park

From there, it was a short stroll across the footbridge over the A590 and back into Levens.  Here we came across the star feature of the walk: a 1936 2.3 litre MGSA in splendid condition.

 1936 MG SA

The mascot....

..... and its engine

The owner proudly showed it off to us, boasting that it won Best in Show four times last year.  We were not surprised.  It was magnificent.

Don, 3rd March 2011


The A Team

Meanwhile Bryan and Stuart were sunning themselves on the top of Red Screes:





Thursday 3rd March 2011

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Don, Pete, Philip, Stan



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2011 Outings

BB1101 :
Wasnfell Revisited
Tuseday 11th January

BB1102 :
Recuperation Scar!
Thursday 17th February

BB1103 :
A Promenade of Pensioners
Thursday 24th February

BB1104 :
The B Team
Thursday 3rd March

BB1105 :
A Little Bit Of Wind
Thursday 10th March

BB1106 :
A Linthwaite Round
Thursday 17th March

BB1107 :
Home From The Pulpit
Thursday 24th March


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