Bell Ringers’ Walk from Dalton to Ireleth and Marton

Name of walk Bell Ringers' Walk from Dalton to Ireleth and Marton
Date of walk 2022-03-19

Barrow St. James’ Tower Captain, Andy, had organised another bell ringers’ walk to be led by Ulverston St. Mary’s ringer, Linda. We were to meet at St. Mary’s Church Dalton, where the afternoon’s Furness Ringing Meeting would be, and walk to Ireleth and Marton, heading back to Dalton via Charnley’s. A walk of just under six miles.

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St. Mary's Church, Dalton.

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We are all ready to go at 9.15am. (AP)

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We head up Romney Park and turn off at St Helen's. Stables at Hagg Hill.

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Heading towards Thwaite Flat

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We head under the A590. (AP)

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The old railway sign on the gates of Park Cottage.

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Andy and I cross the railway track to visit Plunger Pond. Private fishing.

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We cross back again.

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Paddock at Park Farm.

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(AP)

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(AP)

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We head past Park Farm.

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Blackthorn in bloom.

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Furness Brickworks.

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We cross the road and head up hill past Greenscoe Farm. Here we stop for a short break.

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Views to Blackcombe.

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Andy catches me doing an impression of the wonky tree on Great Mell Fell.

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Lambs!

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We continue up.

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Andy's photo of bellringers and fells.

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View back.

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Now at Ireleth Brow we take the footpath.

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North end of Walney Island.

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Great views!

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Old Park Farm has a thatched cottage.

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In the lane is a sheep with newborn lambs.

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We keep to one side

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We head up towards the wind turbines.

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Not the Ministry of Silly Walks! Sue and I were chatting about the awkwardness of high stiles for those whose knee bend is not good! (AP)

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Top of the world! Great views over to Hodbarrow.

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We cross Rakes Lane and head toward Marton. The gate with no fence. (AP)

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Iwan remembers to shut the gate!

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Heading up the steps to the farmyard that will take us to Moor Road in Marton.

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When Linda suggested stopping at Marton playground I think she meant we could use the benches, not all become five year olds! Jo and Sue show the boys how it works.

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Jo and Andy on the swings.

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Iwan and Andy decide to use their own technique.

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Something not too challenging for me!

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We take the Tarn Flat road towards South Lakes safari Park. A lovely sign at the cattery.

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We wait at the footpath at Melton Terrace for everyone to catch up.

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Jayden meets us outside Charnley's.

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Coffee and cake makes it all worth it!

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Charnley's were a man down in the kitchen, so not as quick as usual, they gave us a free round of drinks and a free cake! Now that is good customer service!

After Charnleys we took the scenic route back to the church. The walk as far as Charnley’s took us just over four hours. Thanks to Linda for leading the walk and to Andy for organising it and for letting me use a few of his photos.

Jo.

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