|Name of walk||Bellringers' Walk around Urswick|
|Date of walk||2023-06-10|
A Barrow St. James bellringers’ walk around Urswick, organised by Tower Captain, Andy. The 6.5 mile circuit that would take four hours, and preceded the Furness and South Lakeland Branch monthly ringing meeting at the church in the afternoon. We meet up at 9.30am. Linda volunteered to lead the walk.
Andy's planned route map.
Our starting point: the Church of St. Mary and St. Michael in Great Urswick.
Andy's selfie at the start. L-R : Serenity, Geoff, Me, Linda, Simon, Alan and Andy.
My photo of the rest of the group.
It was a very hot day, about 28C, even the cows were in the shade
Andy and Alan.
Simon comes equipped with secateurs to cut the brambles and nettles at the stiles and gates.
A little bit of a scramble required!
One of the many fallen sign posts on the route that need some attention.
Alan and Geoff deep in conversation.
We cross a horse field.
The Boys Are back In Town! Suffolk rams in the field.
Andy's photo of our rest stop in the shade on Little Urswick Crags.
View to the Hoad Monument from the rest stop.
Alan making his way through a rather narrow passage!
The public footpath goes through a farm in Little Urswick.
View back from the field.
Andy's photo of "stacked" cows!
The cows were friendly and curious.
Andy's photo of a cow enjoying the salt on my hands.
Views down to Urswick Tarn where we will stop for lunch.
Here we had to change our route as the narrow path towards Sunbrick was totally overgrown and Simon's trusty secateurs would need to turn into a machete to make any headway here. (AP)
So we take the road towards Birkrigg instead.
The Olde Smithy in Great Urswick on the road to the tarn.
We stop for lunch on the benches.
Simon and Linda cross the small bridge towards the church back entrance.
View from the bridge.
Andy's photo of me, the field and the church.
View from the church's rear entrance.
The church was open ready for the ringing at 2pm.
Evening sunset from home.
Another interesting local walk in good company. Thanks to Andy for organising it and Linda for leading the walk.