Friday, June 08, 2012

Walking in the Lake District 2012 - Day 4

Day 4 in the Lakes. Wed 06-Jun-12. Transfer to Cartmel and view of Cartmel Priory. Gentle afternoon walk taking in Hampfield Fell and Lindale. 5.5 miles, 2.5 hours

Our four days in Beech Cottage, Windermere, being over we packed up and made ready to transfer to Cartmel for the next four days. We fitted in a bit of shopping before setting off for a new rucksack for me. My current rucksack I also use for cycling and a proper day pack would be lighter with more handy pockets and clips and an air back to keep my back from getting all hot and sweaty. I ended up with a Jack Wolfskin Barny XT 26 with the requisite number of bells and whistles.

Arriving at Cartmel we did a quick tour of the priory followed by a picnic lunch then off for an afternoon walk.

Hampsfell aka Hampsfield Fell

First up, the ascent of Hampsfell to see The Hospice. You can see by the way the trees have grown leaning over that it is pretty windy up there. The Hospice is for shelter from the cold according to the doggerel inside.

Hospice of Hampsfell
The Hospice of Hampsfell

Up the external step for the view including a (new word to me) "toposcope". The board lists the compass bearings to orient the toposcope and view the various points of interest.

Hospice of Hampsfell - toposcope
The toposcope

The return route took us past an old lime kiln.

Lime kiln - back
Lime Kiln - Back view

Lime kiln - front
Lime Kiln - Front view

Wall stiles come in all sorts: wooden, stone, step and pinch - this being a fine example of the latter.

Pinch Stile

Dinner in the Aynsome Manor Hotel in the panelled dining room - an 1852 extension to the house which dates back to the 16th century.

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