Bell Ringers’ Walk up The Hoad

Name of walk Bell Ringers' Walk up The Hoad
Date of walk 2016-08-13
Distance walked (miles) 3
Duration of walk 2 hours 0 minutes
Weather cloudy
Peaks on walk The Hoad
Walked with Andy, Jo, Cameron, Jason, Alan and Jane.
Parking St. Mary`s Church

On Saturday Barrow St. James’ ringers did a mini walk up the Hoad in Ulverston. We were originally going to walk around Hodbarrow Nature Reserve from Haverigg, but due to the discovery of asbestos in the heating system of St. George’s Church, Millom, where we were due to ring, we had to devise a quick alternative walk when the ‘Furness and South Lakes Branch’ ringing meeting was moved to Ulverston instead.

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We meet up at St. Mary's Church in Ulverston at 11am.

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(AP)

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I am leading this walk. It is a scenic and gentle route up to the Hoad that suits all abilities. We head for The Gill, then walk up Stanley St. and turn left at Sun St. At the end of the street are steps. (AP)

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View over the allotments to The Hoad.

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We turn right and follow the stream through the woods.(AP)

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At the gate we cross the road into the next field and head up the hill by the wall. (AP)

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View back the way we have come.

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Looking back to Ulverston. At the gate we again cross the road and enter woodland.

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Andy photographing a garden railway.

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The way through the woods.

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Crossing the large stile.

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The Hoad is now in sight.

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Now I know where Andy disappeared to! He photographs us on the track from up a hill. (AP)

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View out towards Chapel Island. (AP)

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Jo, Jason and Cameron sitting at the base of The Hoad with other visitors.

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The hills were not clear today/

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(AP)

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Baaaa! (AP)

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We head down via the easy track. (AP)

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We have lunch at The Coach House in Ford Park.

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As soon as we got down the sun came out, so we sat outside in the courtyard.

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I had a rather nice, and large, slice of blackcurrant and coconut cake with my coffee. (AP)

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Jason and Cameron.

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Pollocks at play!

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Room for four small children, or one big one!

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Cameron nearly reaches orbit!

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We then move on to the zip wire. Cameron first.

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Then Jason.

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Then Jo Pollock.

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Then me. Alan had the good sense to go shopping instead of re-living his childhood! (AP)

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Then we chose a much more sedate activity...kite flying.

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Blue skies now behind The Hoad.

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It is now 2.30pm so I head back to the church.

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St. Mary's Church.

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I was there just in time for the start of the ringing. I often ring at Ulverston on Monday nights, but today would be my first ring here since the installation of brand new ropes and sallies. Bouncy!

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Cameron rings Bob Minor on the treble.

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Cameron and Andy follow Clarissa for a Touch of Bob Minor.

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(AP)

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Cameron manages to ring his first Touch of Bob Minor. (AP)

After ringing the Ulverston ringers provided us with an excellent tea. Special thanks to Margaret for her wonderful chocolate cake, it was so good I had to have two slices!

We had a great day, but then all the right ingredients were there….walking, cake, silliness, bell ringing, good company and then more cake! Perfect! The walk was three miles and took us two hours.

Thanks to Andy (AP) for letting me use some of his photos.

Jo.

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