: Hello Blackberry Way
24th August 2013
hadn't expected this outing to turn into a GLW but it
happened The intention was to visit Halecat
at Witherslack which, in fact, we did. This is
an unusual place, dedicated to plants rather than garden
paraphernalia, twee gifties and fancy cakes. True, you
can buy an ice cream lolly for 30p but it is not a place
that you visit for such items. They focus on selling
plants, most of which they have grown themselves so
you know that they should thrive in this area.
threatened rain having held off, we parked just beyond
Witherslack Church and headed northwards, noting, for
our return, the plethora of blackberries coming into
road was quiet and we were taken aback at how warm and
sunny it was.
Askew Green we headed down through a field, somewhat
concerned by the presence of quite a lot of young bullocks
but they were more interested in their feed than us.
was a fine view of distant Lakeland Peaks, Red Screes
being the most prominent with Fairfield off to the left.
Soon we turned left into a patch of nettles, fortunately
only for short stretch before the path passed through
hayfield then along an old cart track.
reaching a road we turned left but soon branched right
onto another old track with a great big puddle to negotiate.
At Bleacrag Road we discovered many more blackberry
bushes in the hedgerow although not as many ripe as
seen previously and well protected by nettles. Nonetheless,
they were too tempting to leave and the map case proved
a suitable bag.
old track on the left brought us back to the first sighted
blackberries and the bag was filled before returning
back to the car. The weather had held superbly
although dark clouds could be seen in the Kendal direction.
is a good GLW to remember in foraging time. I
am really looking forward to the blackberry and apple
crumble that Margaret is, as I type, preparing for us.
With steamy hot runny custard, I hope!
24th August 2013
3.1 miles; Height climbed:
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