: Grange-over-Sands to Cark
29th March 2014
clue is in the name:
a time, that is how you would get there from Lancashire
if you were a monk.
Over the Morecambe Bay sands.
However, they didn't have cars in those days and they
did drown a lot of people.
we arrived by train.
From Cark- the opposite direction.
initial target was supposed to be the Hampsfell Hospice.
for the train to Grange
However, no sooner had we left the station, strolled
past the park and into Windermere Road than we were
somewhat sidetracked by a yard sale.
in the yard sale
later, to be collected on our return with the car, and
we were on the Way again. A rather discreet carving
of a monk indicated the route to be taken up through
you see the sign?
It has to be said that
it is rather unlikely that any monks climbed this hill
as part of their route to Furness Abbey. It is
not without interst, however. The guide book talks
of the wild flowers but they are few at this time of
the year. What could be seen is what appears to
be a small and disused old water reservoir. Holding
the water supply for Grange at one time, perhaps?
not that long since we last visited this unusual structure
so for more information about it see Rosy
the guide book author made a couple of irritating
instructions. Firstly he states that you should
leave the Hospice by aiming a little to the right of
Heysham nuclear power station and of Humphrey Head.
All very well if you can see them but today it
was too hazy.
the Heysham power station and Humphrey Head!!
Next he refers to bearing right
when you come to a dip. No mention of how far
or of how dippy the dip. Fortunately we chose
to ignore the first, small dip and were rewarded shortly
by one that is much more significant.
there it was an easy stroll across fell and fields to
a very busy Cartmel. We did think about visiting the Priory
but we have been there before so the Cartmel Coffee
shop won out. Great pastries!
Way offers two routes to Cark, the longer one seemingly
intended to entice folk to Holker Hall. As it
doesn't open until tomorrow, that was a no-brainer!
We took the direct route to Cark, via the race-course.
In the village we passed a very old house that Margaret
had painted on the Cumbria
picture reproduced on
the right hand column. This time I did photograph
the fine old frontage.
day finished more or less where we started- at the yard
sale where we picked up the spoils.
on the first day of the Cistercian Way?
We would probably have disappointed Mr Brodie with our lack of curiosity concerning the Priory
and Holker Hall but neither seems to have been relevant
to the Cistercians so I don't feel too bad about it!
29th March 2014
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