Grizedale Forest Silurian Way

Name of walk Grizedale Forest Silurian Way
Date of walk 2020-07-29

On Wednesday I drove back to Moor Top car park in Grizedale Forest to cycle the Silurian Way, plus a few detours to see tarns and sculptures. My total route would be 18 miles. The 14 mile Silurian way encompasses both sides of the forest.

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I turn right out of the car park.

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Then very soon I turn left into the forest.

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Log piles.

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I pass a small tarn.

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Red Sandstone Fox by Gordon Young, 1991.

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Me and the fox pose for a selfie.

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Romeo by Rupert Ackroyd & Owen Bullet, 2011.

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Picket Fence by Gregory Scott-Gurner, 1998.

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This time I park my bike and venture into the undergrowth to photograph Living Space by Petre Nicoloski, 1990.

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I take my bike off track, lock it up, and walk to Grizedale Tarn.

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I spot the small waymarker that leads to a sculpture.

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Seed by Walter Bailey, 1995.

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A view!

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I climb up some rocks to see Light Column ll and lll by Charles Bray, 1995.

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I keep my bike in sight on the track below while I photograph the other one.

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At Blind Lane car park the track takes to the road.

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The road goes up beside Force Beck and Force Falls. I lock my bike and take a walk up beside Force Beck.

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I head back to my bike, and a bit further up the road, opposite the campsite I head off left on a detour to see a few more sculptures, at least those I can find in the vicinity of the forest track.

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Meridian Owl by Zoe de L'Isle Whittler, 1993. Looking a little on the mossy side. Is up to the right in a field.

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Just below the forest track is Lady of the Water by Alannah Robins, 1995. There are a couple of other sculptures near here, but I don't really have the time to go off and find them in the undergrowth. Ferns and bracken make them more difficult to track down, so I'll return in winter!

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I head off on another detour and find this which is not a listed sculpture.

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Tarn outflow.

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I have located Wood Moss Tarn.

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I retrace my route back to the road and cycle through Satterthwaite. The pub is open, but I don't stop.

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Satterthwaite Church.

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I head up towards the Grizedale Forest Visitor Centre.

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Ting by Colin Rose, 1984. I take the road on the left just before the centre, and then the gate on the left up the hill.

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Heading back south again.

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Taking the forest track to the east of Carron Crag. Freefold Centre by Rob and Harriet Fraser, 2017.

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A sentence is carved into the stonework, I can't remember what!

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View to Fairfield Horseshoe.

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Looking back at the one bad bit on my ride. 50m of mud six inches deep meant I had to push my bike up hill. It was deep enough to get mud in my gear wheel and clog up my mudguards! Logging trucks and wet days don't mix!

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I'm now getting views over to the Coniston Hills.

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Back in mushroom territory!

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I don't head straight on this time, but go right instead.

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A glimpse of Coniston Water below.

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The views to the hills are not as good as those on the Hawkshead Moor Trail, but they are still not bad.

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The Langdale Pikes.

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I decide to detour once more to Goosey Foot Tarn.

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Goosey Foot Tarn.

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Just as pretty as on my last visit.

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Back at Moor Top car park.

The 18 miles of cycling and the sculpure hunting took me four and a half hours. I still missed a few, but it is easier on foot when you’re not potentially whizzing past them hidden in the undergrowth at 20mph! Cycle Trail and Walking Trail maps can be downloaded from the Grizedale Forest website, these show where the sculptures are.

Jo.

 

 

 

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