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Ski Club of Manchester Cumbria Weekend 2022, The Dunnerdale Fells — Monday May 2nd

Leader: David Miller

Reporter: Chris Fildes

We parked by the Broughton Moor Plantation above Torver. The sun was shining as fifteen of us plus Jim, Pedar, Freddie & Fossie, set off for a tour of The Dunnerdale Fells above Seathwaite. (David.S had already set off to test his knee with the intention of joining the group at the Inn.)

Descending through the plantation, clambering over and under fallen trees on the way was interesting, but we soon came to the forestry road (poles, specs and hats intact), to reach a minor road and eventually Stephenson Ground. Here we turned off taking the path that followed Long Mire gradually ascending to the depression between Brock Barrow and Caw. We stopped here and enjoyed Steve’s Eccles Cakes while taking in the superb views over the Duddon Estuary, Seathwaite, and Harter Fell. Mist over the Scafell group though.

Then it was down to Seathwaite to meet David.S, Brian and John at The Newfield Inn for a pub lunch, which included fish finger sandwiches and chips! Afterwards, we set off through Seathwaite village, by Holy Trinity Church, then alongside Tarn Beck to Hollin House Haw where we turned off west to make for the Walna Scar Road, A looong 900ft continuous uphill slog followed, (phew!!). Access to ‘Dow Crag’ and ‘The Old Man from here, restricted to vehicles now, fortunately!

After a brief rest by the old Walna Scar mine, we made a pleasant descent along the ‘Old Road’ and then turned off southwards over moorland to cross Natty Bridge & Yewry Sike. When in spate, must be a tremendous sight. A photostop here, then down along the forestry road, towards our outward route.

But we’d not quite finished, we’d still to negotiate the obstacle course, ‘The ‘over and under’ route through the plantation!

Finally, just a short walk back along the road to our cars for tea and cake at Liz and Paul’s Mobile Wayside Café. What a lovely way to end the day. The cake was delicious by the way!

Thanks to Dave Miller for organising this most enjoyable and varied walk.

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