GLW2103 : A
New Dallam Round
17th January 2021
last, a Great Little Walk that wasn't a subset of a
The object was to have a short
wander that complied with the Lockdown guidelines. The trouble is that
the guidelines are very vague
as to how far you can travel for exercise.
We decided that Milnthorpe was within
our local area, whatever that means. We were likely to encounter less folk than had we stayed very local. Nevertheless we travelled through back lanes to
avoid being stopped by an over-zealous Derbyshire inspired policeman. To
prove our social responsibility, we paid £3 to park
rather than leave the car for free somewhere unwanted.
First we had to cross the
Dallam Tower Deer Park, noting the Marker Cairn that points the ways to Beetham,
Haverbrack or back to Milnthorpe. The photo will
come in handy if this does prove to be a BB outing.
was the bridle path to Wray Cottage.
Here we turned north up a track I don't
recall climbing before. I thought there
might be view into the Haverbrack Quarry but not so. Consequently the climb was
somewhat featureless with no views
However at the top is a mysterious building. It looks like a nuclear bunker but is more
likely to be a water tank for the quarry.
is another matter. As you descend, the
view over the upper estuary opens up splendidly and in the distance we could just make out
the snow-capped Lakeland Fells.
was also a clear view of Heversham Head, the scene of
our first outing this year.
The map shows a short footpath
that leads to Hollins Well, though admittedly not necessarily a public one. The
existence of a fence was a sort of indicator that visitors
were not encouraged but nor was this one discouraged.
However, having succesfully found the well, I have
to report that sadly it is hardly worth the effort unless
I need another an "on the ground" picture for the
Down at coast level we followed
the old railway track round by the confluence of the Kent and the
Bela before it vanished to be replaced by fields.
heron was waiting patiently at the weir.
Rather than face the perils of the
road, we finished off the outing by returning via Dallam Towers where I was
trying to determine what flag was flying.
we neared the road, the ducks were getting stuck into titbits being amply provided
by a young girl.
this now be adopted as a BOOTboys
walk? Watch this space!
Sunday 17th January 2021