: The Township Tour
4th July 2013
Whitbarrow Scar there are three plots of land that can
collectively be referred to as The Township. These
three areas, The Township Allotment, The Township Plantation
and the White Scar Quarry, cover over 500 acres. A
consequence of the Enclosures Act was that these parcels
of land were made over to the people of Crosthwaite
land is managed to conserve its biological and geological
character. It is a "Site of Special Scientific
Interest" and a "Special Area of Conservation".
income derived from the land is used to support local
body that looks after the land is a Charitable Trust
known as The
Landowners of Crosthwaite and Lyth.
Chairman of the Trustees is a BOOTboy.
the aforesaid Chairman, offered to take us on a tour
of the area. Most of us had visited Whitbarrow
Scar several times but never with someone with such
don't expect what follows to be a learned evaluation
of the territory It's just a normal, slightly
eccentric report which does not do justice either to
the character of the terrain or the work of the Trustees.
Nor did the walk remain on or cover all of the
examining Martin's garden, we climbed up from his house
onto the Township Allotment, heading across the limestone
terrain for the summit cairn at Lord's Seat, a tremendous
view point on a clearer day.
was an oil spill that had proved controversial but had
come accidentally from a farmer's vehicle and was being
assimilated back into the ground, disappearing under
oil spill remains
had started off as a damp morning was starting to clear
but there was still a strong wind blowing so we headed
down to Rawson's Wood in the Lyth Valley,
feasted on wild strawberries on the way.
Sadly, John and I were a distance from
the pack at the time and none were saved
intended for call the lunch stop at the
White Scar Quarry. However, having had a
late start, Tony's tummy led to a sit down
protest forcing us to eat at a less impressive
place, although the three legged dog that
passed by did impress.
reed bog was interesting but what came as
a surprise was the "shop" at the
foot of the Whitescar Cliff face with assorted
bog near the cliff
path to Rawsons' Wood
Scar itself is visible for miles and this is very impressive
especially when you stand on the huge pavement slab,
would be a fantastic place for rock climbers but sadly
too many have defaced the scar with fixed climbing equipment
and, worse, defaced the lower slopes with bodily deposits
and litter; the consequence being that the Landowners
have had to prohibit the activity.
case of the stupid few spoiling things for the many.
the Kent Estuary
down through Buckhouse Wood a creature was spotted that
I had never previously seen- a slow worm wriggling across
eyes the cafe
surprise was the tiny cafe at Beck Head. Sadly,
as we had just eaten, we were not ready to support the
Scar from near Hell Moss
reaching Witherslack Hall School, the debate was whether
to climb the scar or continue north through the wood,
hoping to find an unmarked path to Fell Edge.
we actually did was to head north but then opt for the
steep path up to Bell Rake, at the top of which a cursory
examination of the mine's entrance was made.
on the Township
pressures then caused us to head back over the Township,
now much sunnier than on the outward stage, then
down to Martin's where Diana greeted us with tea and
over to Crosthwaite
Tony's one that got away
had been an enjoyable, informative tour of the Township
with a much more civilised finish than normal! Thanks,
Thursday 6th July 2013
these two creatures spotted on our way.
4th July 2013
climbed in feet:
(Memory Map / OS)
Don, John H, Martin, Stan, Tony
routes are put online in gpx format which
should work with most mapping software. You can follow
our route in detail by downloading bb1324
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For the latest totals of the mileages and heights see: BB Log.
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