Lowick Bridge to North Scale, Walney Island.

Name of walk Lowick Bridge to North Scale, Walney Island.
Date of walk 2014-04-29
Distance walked (miles) 18
Duration of walk 6 hours 0 minutes
Weather Sunny, hot and no breeze
Peaks on walk Kirkby Moor
Walked with On own
Parking Got a lift to Lowick Bridge

This morning I got Brendan to drop me off at The Red Lion Inn at Lowick at 10am. I will be walking back home following the K2B route for another training walk. The pub is at the 26 mile marker, so 14 miles to the finish plus nearly 4 miles to walk back home. A fun filled 18 miles! It should take over 5 hours. Longer than last year as it is very warm today. I`ve chosen the most challenging part of the route as it takes you up 800ft out over Kirkby Moor. All good practice for the feet.

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The Red Lion, where at lot of people give up.

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Many lambs to see on the route.

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View across the fields towards Lowick church.

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St. Luke's Church, Lowick.

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Bunny! I think it was frightened by the big lorry that had just gone past, there is very little room for large vehicles on these roads and with stone walls on both sides, not much space for bunnies either.

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Looking towards Dow Crag and Coniston Old Man.

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A friendly horse.

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Another lamb!

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Looking back from near the top of Kirkby Moor. Coniston Water can now be seen, but it is very hazy and a lot more visible with the naked eye. I met another K2B walker going in the other direction. It was his first time. He was walking to Lowick and back to Marton for his training. We chatted for a bit. We both agreed that it was very hot today, too hot for distance walking!

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Looking ahead towards the reservoirs and wind turbines.

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A wind turbine on Harlock Hill.

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Passing a small reservoir on my left.

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View back to the wind farm.

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Poaka Beck Reservoir.

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The cow that is flat out was actually snoring.

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I guess the farmer doesn't like moles!

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A cow paddling in a small tarn. Now it is downhill into Marton.

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Marton.

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The jeep looks to be in the same state as last year!

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Marton chickens......this route contains a menagerie of creatures!

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Crossing the A590 towards Dalton-in-Furness.

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I stop in Dalton to buy a drink and then head for the church via Dalton Castle. The 14th-century tower known as Dalton Castle was formerly the manorial courthouse of Furness Abbey. It is now owned by the National Trust.

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I sit in the grounds of St. Mary's and have my drink. I will be back here tonight for bell ringing practice.

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Passing The Gate House on Abbey Road. I hate this section as it just seems to go on and on. On Abbey road I meet up with one of my former Thorncliffe pupils, Paula Johnson, she is now a teaching assistant and represented Great Britain at both the Beijing and London Paralympics in the Wheelchair Basketball. She is 37 now, which makes me feel very old!

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The sea mist had come in over the channel as I cross the bridge onto Walney Island.

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North Scale ahead.

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Entering the village of North Scale. I live on the very last road.

The 18 miles had taken me six hours to walk. An hour longer than last year. Not a good omen! Finishing at all, let alone in under 12 hours, is looking less likely. I’m not sure if I need a miracle or just a few more 30mg codeine tablets…..I’m hoping for both! 🙂

I am walking the 40 miles from Keswick to Barrow next Saturday, in aid of The Hospital Equipment Fund for Furness.
My Sponsorship page is: https://www.keswick2barrow.co.uk/sponsor/welcome.asp?ID=10204

Jo.

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