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Published: October 7th 2021
Peaceful view into the far distance
Once again, thank goodness, the weather forecast was wrong. No showers of any sort, light cloud and occasional gusty wind.
We mainly walked along a limestone ridge, and Vince led. Andy took a day for paperwork, to my mind an odd decision in the midst of a week’s walking program. No problems, however. Vince does explain a lot more along the way than Andy or John, although as Catrina, a Parisian, remarked, “He is so talkative, sometimes he doesn’t notice no one is near him.”!
The coach took us almost to Kendal
, in the southern part of the Lake District, thus less mountainous and more open. We climbed to the top of the first escarpment, from where the most beautiful panorama of the central mountains opened out. The level 2 group has walked several of those we could see, but our hills were smaller and generally more hidden.
Although relatively flat, the walking was surprisingly difficult, because underfoot were almost-buried stones of about a foot in size. Every time I did look up, the path ahead looked green and smooth. Incredible concentration was required to avoid mis-stepping and possibly turning an ankle. The ground cover was mainly
.... and not curious sheep
grass, and heather grew in places. Vince said these were small hollows where an inch or more soil accumulated, turning from alkali limestone to acidic soil suitable for heather.
Coming down from the first scar (dictionary: bare, craggy rock formation), we climbed the second to Scout Scar
. Again the valley opened up, running north and south this time. We had lunch at the southern edge of the Scar, seating ourselves against the stone fence where only a little whistling wind came through the spaces. We contemplated the wide, green valley in a bit of sun shine. We were all somnolent after eating our sandwiches and treats. From the other side of the fence came the growing sound of approaching voices, one man telling another they would eat just through the gate. They were startled to see us all there, picking up our gear. Jokes were made about “tables available”. Then as they were settling, a couple of women came through the gate, replaying the whole scene.
The afternoon consisted of a short walk to Sizburgh Castle
, where we could look at the grounds (not too impressive), and another short walk to Levens Park
(attached to Levens Hall), which was
Black Fallow Deer
No fear, no preditors
so large we never did see the Hall. We saw black deer
, which apparently are rare – they have a heavy shadow over their backs. A sign said the sheep were also a rare breed, but I’m not discerning enough regarding sheep. Then we had a long snooze in the grass because we were nearly an hour early for our pickup by bus. View map of locations to date.
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