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Winter Walk Saturday 7th Feb 2015 Hutton Roof and Farleton Fell

Reporter: Chris Fildes

The winter walk this year was earlier than usual, due to Frances’s commitments, so consequently we were expecting some snow. However the weather was very kind to us. At 10:15 9 members and 3 doggies set off from Hutton Roof village hall car park for a walk of approx 9 miles. The weather was initially overcast, with early morning mist.

We made our way through woodlands over limestone pavements with some tricky navigation initially, (Steve’s GPS was a great help), before joining the broad grassy track to reach the trig point on Hutton Roof Crags. The sun had broken through by this time and we shed a few layers!! We had our lunch stop here, admiring the views towards the Lakes and Morecambe Bay. The Eccles cakes were very welcome thanks to Steve. (This is becoming a sort of ritual treat that most of us were expecting! Thanks again Steve).

It was then time to make our way down along a good path, crossing the Limestone Link path before climbing Farlton Fell, passing Newbiggin Crags on the way. After a short break on Farlton Knott, we descended and contoured beneath the crags with the village of Newbiggin below us, eventually joining the Limestone Link which we followed to return to Hutton Roof Village at 3:30pm.

There was a plenty-full supply of tea, coffee and cakes awaiting us in the Village Hall, provided by the ladies of the village, at a very reasonable cost, which helped towards the cost of this new building.

A big thank you to Frances for organising this walk. And for arranging the refreshments. A perfect walk, and a perfect day!

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