Beetham Heritage Walk

Name of walk Beetham Heritage Walk
Date of walk 2022-04-25

On Monday I visited Beetham Nurseries, near Milnthorpe. Afterwards I did the Beetham Heritage Walk. I had done part of it in 2018 with the bellringers of St. James. The walk is 7 miles and includes an Ice Age erratic, woods, limestone pavement, the Fairy Steps, the Deer Park, Heron Corn Mill and the River Bela. It should take under three hours. The walk route and description can be printed out from the Arnside and Silverdale AONB site, just Google ‘Beetham Heritage Walk’.

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I cross the main road and go down to look at the River Bela, some nice reflections. This is where my walk will finish.

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The bridge carries the main road.

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I go back to the main road and head into Beetham Village. St. Michael and All Angels Church has six bells.

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The old stocks on the village green. I head down the road on the left and take the footpath on the right across a field.

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A McDonalds Vegan Burger? Actually it is a granite erratic carried in ice from the Shap Fells during the Ice Age. Beetham Hall behind.

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Beetham Hall and the ruins of the 14th century fortified farmhouse.

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I take the path along the edge of the field, then follow the waymarkers and the signpost to Slackhead.

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Bluebells in the woods.

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The way through the woods

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Keep an eye out for the waymarkers, and the route directions as there are many paths.

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View back.

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I reach the limestone pavement.

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This is made up of clints and grykes. The clints are the pavement and the grykes the places where plants grow.

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An ideal habitat for ferns.

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I follow the waymarked path and when I reach the road I turn right towards Slackhead. Eventually there is a track off left signposted 'Fairy Steps'. The terrain is very different from four years ago. Many trees have been uprooted in the storms and chainsawed into neat piles alongside the track.

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What was once an enclosed wood is now quite open.

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The top of the Fairy Steps.

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View from the bottom after I climbed down them.

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The limestone escarpment. I follow the waymarkers through the wood and eventually come to Cockshot Lane. I head right along the road for several hundred yards then take the signposted footpath.

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At the signpost I keep right and end up on Haverbrack Lane.

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View from Haverbrack Lane to a tarn. I then cross the road into the Deer Park.

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A white carpet of wild garlic in the woods.

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I saw no deer but there were lambs galore!

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Gizza lick!

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These two were wagging their tails like puppies!

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The house at Dallam Tower is Grade 1 listed and built in the 19th century.

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The River Bela flowing under Milnthorpe Bridge with Witherslack behind.

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The Buck House was a 300 year old Grade 2 listed building used as a deer, sheep and cattle shelter. It was burnt down in an arson attack in April 2021 and still awaiting repair.

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Looking down on the popular lay-by next to the river.

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View to Milnthorpe.

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Looking out to the fells.

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The lambs follow the waymarkers.

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Single file!

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I go through the gate and walk down the avenue of trees to Heron Corn Mill. The road back is ahead, but I will take the path by the river.

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The Heron Corn Mill.

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I cross over the bridge and take the riverside path .

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Bluebells. This path takes me back to the begining.

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I return to Beetham Nurseries and have coffee and cake. Their egg custard tart is always excellent!

An easy walk to do, which I did in 2 hours and 45 minutes. The Heron Corn Mill is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Jo.

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