walking around broughton in furness england

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walking around broughton in furness england

Postby fred b » Thu Sep 16, 2004 10:16 pm

FROM---GO HIGH furness, south lakes. F Barlow and others

DRIVE Visit 10-mile storm beach, of golden sand [tide out] Cumbria Coast Path. Observe the sunset over the Isle of Man

WALK Old railway track; pass the twin tarns, return choice of 6 field paths on either side of track
CYCLE Rail track, onto country lane to Beancroft, Meanfield, and Coalgate, Foxfield return cycle path to Broughton

WALK Cumbria Coast Path, Old County road, find the track of iron-shod wheels in cobbled paving, to river Duddon and wharf, return zigzag path via Bleansley, Manor Farm

DRIVE Appletreeworth Forest, Walk to stepping stones, view ruined farm, black lead mine, spoil from iron mine, iron age settlement, bridle track traversing forest, discover old sledging track?

DRIVE Top o cross, climb Stickle Pike, a mountain situation good view over surrounding area, steep decent safe with boots

WALK Duddon bridge, old charcoal blast furnace, furnace woods, Boadhole, Fenwick, Swinside, stone circle, 50+standingstones aliened with sunrise midsummer day, return via Broadgate

DRIVE, Boardwalk, Fickle steps (not to be attempted in high water) river walk on edge of forest to Troutal. Bridge or continue to Birks bridge, (deep pool) fell path to Thrang, back to start,

DRIVE, Seathwaite, Wallowbarrow stepping stones, follow Duddon over stile, cross scree slope, through huge boulders and scrub oak, climb bluff to rim of gorge, boggy decent to Fickle steps, Grassguards track to Wallowbarrow farm,

CYCLE or WALK Beacon Fell many hill tracks in this area remote high tarns, with evidence of metal smelting,


The summers gone the vista changes, red coated huntsmen and whiperin quarter the fell, on foot, with turn up toe shepherds boots

Visit the wild storm beach 10 miles of wind toss sea, with an off shore gale huge breaking waves. Safer with the tide out. Noisy with the sea on the shingle.

On the odd wet day a visit to Barrows free Dock Museum, where refreshment can be obtained

Here No Lengthy instruction described the routes, with a go left here, and a go right there, rather like the call of a square dance, if one turn is missed the whole falls into confusion.

Green bracken changes to brown then to gold, intersperse with, green, the birch whose silver bones, shaded yellow and brown dance, in the breeze, as we trip across the stepping stones, into the mature wood of beech and oak dappled shaded by turning leaves, as we past by. Over the foot bridge and the stile, crossing a slope of moving stones into an area of huge block, in the river, blocks and scrub oak interspersed as the path wind through, passing a burners pit stead, to climb a bluff overlooking the river, a boggy decent to steps, or continue on a board walk to a bridge

The high point of the Cumbria way, Beacon tarn, this bleak area of high Moorland, has much to offer, red berries on rowan, purple heather clad slopes, remote tarns crisscrossed by packhorse ways, iron age man worked here, the clinker of ancient bloomer sites abound.

Pack horse route to Ravenglass, an old high pass crossing. Biggatmire evokes, the nature of the way, the bridle gates can be seen, at the summit the fist view of the sea, with difficulty the made up track way can be located, before being lost in a boulder field, Homestead, located by a standing post.

Return by the Settlement, rings of ancient hut circles on a ridge of high ground, passing Devoke water. A lonely high tarn, with magnificent views of the central fells

Untroden route to Brim fell and the Old man, start at Turner hall leave the old route of Walna scar, a grass covered surface can be negotiated, suitable for skiing in wintertime, skirting Dow crag, arriving at Dow Col, were decisions made to Old man or Brimfell

On any walk escape routs should be provided, in case of missed directions, or over ambition of the author, or walker. On any of the above boots, waterproof clothing, a whistle to attract attention, and of course a map

fred b

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