FW09:  Lowick Bridge to Low Parkamoor

Monday 27th June 2011

It was a very hot day and we even though we were not due to meet Ian and Cynthia until 3 p.m., we phoned them to delay the start by half an hour in order to reduce the heat exposure.  Inevitably, that caused the sky to cloud over and remedy the situation!

Today's outing would be up the first half of the west side of Coniston Water.  It is perhaps as well that we drove along the side of the lake to the Parkamoor landing stage to leave one of the cars as a disappointing feature of the walk was that we didn't actually see very much of the lake whilst on foot.

Coniston and the Old Man from the parking place

The walk started at Lowick Bridge, outside the Red Lion and headed down across the River Crake, immediately turning left up the valley.  However, we left the river to climb Bessy Bank Lane- a steep ascent through the woods- before turning off the road for Hill Park Farm.

From here, we headed north to Stock.  The guide book talks of woodland paths.  However it is nearly thirty years old and a lot of forestry clearance has taken place since the text was written.   Nevertheless we found our way to the farm where there was an obliging display of washing to photograph.  

The path through the woods!

Stock washing

A stream meanders near Stock

Next we headed round to Low Bethecar - a barn that made Ian thrill with the thought of coming out of retirement and putting his architectural skills to use.

Low Bethecar barn

Arnsbarrow Hill

Coniston Water and the Coniston Fells beyond Top o'Selside

Bethecar Moor gave us a bit of a problem.  We had no trouble finding the lower summit of Arnsbarrow Hill with its cairn, nor the higher summit with its sheepfold.  However Arnsbarrow Tarn refused to show itself to us (unless it has turned into one of the many bogs through which we waded) with the consequence that we didn't find the turning for Top o'Selside.

Team picture, Arnsbarrow Hill- first top

Arnsbarrow Hill- second top sheepfold

In part the problem was caused by my GPS which kept turning itself off.  It said the batteries were low but they were fully charged when we set off. Instead, we crossed the north (and boggy) side of the fell before dropping down to Low Parkamoor.

Ian searching for the tarn

Before restoration; picture by

Low Parkamoor comes into view

Low Parkamoor today

This old (16th century) farmhouse is owned by National Trust and has been restored by Grizedale Arts retaining old features.  See Low Parkamoor for several interesting inside photographs.

From here, it was an easy trail down through the woods to emerge exactly where we had left the car.

View through the gate post ......

.... and of the gate post

Evening on Coniston Water

The evening finished well.  We returned to the Red Lion where there was, for those who like that sort of thing, an interesting display of pottery.

Red Lion pottery

We each tucked into an excellent plate of Whitby Scampi which Ian and I washed down with Robinson's Crusoe Ale!  Just the job!

Don 27th June 2011

Here are some extra photos taken by Ian:




Distance in miles:


52.3  in total  

Height climbed in feet:


7,148 in total





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