The Leighton Loop
looked like being a beautiful spring afternoon
but time was a little tight.
opted to go down to Leighton Moss, the RSPB
bird sanctuary, from whence we would undertake
a circular walk.
the sanctuary is at first frustrating as
the path is enclosed by reeds that stand
higher than head height.
there is frustratingly little to see at
once you reach the hides, that changes.
Moss reed path
the public hide was almost completely full with people
shouldering very powerful telescopes or cameras with
very long range lenses. My little pocket jobby
was, for once, not the ideal tool! They didn't
seem too excited so I suspect that whatever they were
waiting for had not yet made its guest appearance.
view from the hide
this what excited them?
from the path
from the path
crossing the Moss, (reversing the route taken by the
we climbed up the track that led to Leighton Hall. It
was interesting to see it from this angle, as opposed
to the front view as enjoyed in the concerts on the
lawn that they used to host.
Hall rear view
and from up the hill!
climb continued past the Hall and at the top of the
modest hill were several seats offering a magnificent
panorama over the Moss and beyond to the Coniston Fells.
on photo for deecent sized panorama
we left the BB1046
route and headed south through light woodland to meet
the Leighton Hall Road and its Lodge with a kind display
of washing for Margaret to enjoy.
down to Crag Foot
the lodge, we took the footpath west between woods and
fields eventually to emerge at Crag Foot- the site of
a strange tower that I remembered from my Far Arnside
caravan days but I had never got this close to it before.
I still didn't know its purpose but the Cicerone
that "The chimney at Crag Foot was part of a pumping
station which drained the flat land around Leighton
near Crag Foot
back to Warton Crag
Foot puming station chimney
at the Row
was now pressing so rather than crossing the moss to
the Silverdale side of the bay, we took the busy and
footpathless road directly back to the car. Not
the most relaxing of ways of returning but it didn't
detract too much from what had been a really nice short
walk in a variety of countryside.
22nd March 2011
Moss, Leighton Hall
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