13th March 2011
Jamie at home has really opened up the possibilities
for advancing along the Furness Way, especially as I
am not allowed to drive for the time being, thanks to
my fit in January.
Margaret drove to leave the car where we left off on
at Crosthwaite. Our objective was Witherslack
but first we had to cross Whitbarrow Scar.
Scar from Crosthwaite
though I spent a winter (many years ago) living not
far from the Crosthwaite Punchbowl, I have no recollection
of ever having used the footpath that goes down between
the pub and the Church. Nor do I recall walking
the path that runs round under the north-west corner
of the scar.
pub and church.....
back to Crosthwaite and beyond
a Sunday, there was a surprising number of people working
on the fellside- cutting down shrubbery and trees and
generally tidying it up. I thought they must be
well intentioned locals but on engaging some in conversation,
discovered that they were all butterfly enthusiasts
who were seeking to improve the terrain for the benefit
of their little friends. What is more, several
had travelled long distances to join in the fun, some
from the Cumbrian west coast, others from near Blackpool.
Margaret thought them a little mad. No comment!
working party was just above Fell Edge of which the
guide book says "This attractive farmstead has lost
much appeal since the unfortunate demise of the house."
Last updated in 1994, the author could not be
aware that the problems that caused the property to
be left vacant after its fire were subsequently resolved
and it has now been attractively rebuilt.
time team picture
climbed up through the woods to emerge in an open space
just before the wall that needs to be crossed to reach
the open ground on the top of the scar. However,
we had a different purpose for the steps- our luncheon
fine dining on the steps we entered the plateau and
made our way across to the Lord's Seat monument. On
a good day, the views here present a spectacular 360
degrees, even if the points of interest are rather too
distant to come out well on a photograph.
east over Brigsteer
south west from the scar edge
descent to Witherslack Hall special school is always
exciting, almost a little bit too much so for Margaret!
On the other hand, there was no excitement at
the school- no signs of activity at all.
Hall soccer pitch with Whitbarrow Scar behind
crossed over the valley road to pick up the track that
leads over Yewbarrow and dropped down to Witherslack
where Jamie met us by the church to take us back to
Crosthwaite to pick up Margaret's car.
minute into the journey home we had to stop. Margaret
had spotted something that had been missing from our
otherwise splendid walk.
13th March 2011
climbed in feet:
3,223 in total
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