Hawkshead

Sunday April 1st 2012

Panorama from Latterbarrow

Today the club visited Hawkshead.

Davis Lewis led the ‘A’ party.

Latterbarrow and Claife Heights. Distance 10 miles.

David at the summit of Latterbarrow

Much of this walk will be familiar to many of you. There are good paths, mostly bridleways, throughout, very few muddy spots, and (weather permitting) there are several good viewpoints from which to admire the surrounding high mountains.

About half a mile after leaving Hawkshead we have a steady 15 minute climb up to the top of Latterbarrow (244 m) from where we get our best views.

Panorama 2 Latterbarrow

From here we head southwards through the forest, mostly on fairly open rides and through a series of clearings, taking in a couple of other craggy viewpoints, including High Blind How (270m) before dropping down to the village of Far Sawrey. If we have made good time, and it’s a dry day, a quick drink at the Sawrey Hotel would not be out of order. The return route northwards rises gently through open farmland and heath, passes Moss Eccles Tarn and Wise Een Tarn, and then re-enters the forest for a while before dropping steadily back to Hawkshead.

                                                                    Wise Een Tarn

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Alan writes. I did the A walk with David, and my comments plus more of my images can be found in www.crosbyman66.wordpress.com

Allen Carter led the B walk and headed for Tarn Hows. This is one of the best walks in the Lake District – a little Gem.

You would never guess that Tarn Hows was man made by the Marshall family from nearby Monk Coniston. The tarns were formed by building a dam at the top of Tom Gill. The woodland planting looks superbly natural. Approaching Tarn Hows from Hawkshead we come to Rose Castle and go anticlockwise round the tarns. On our return we detour to several good viewpoints.

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Phil Spratt led the C walk and they also went to Tarn Hows.

Unfortunately I do not have Phil’s walk desription.

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