We had a chilly overnight in the tent on our campsite close to Broughton in Furness, and it dawned no better. In fact the wind had picked up and it was down right freezing. Not a place to be standing around.
Sheila had never walked the Woodland fells until now, although Great Burney was done as a short walk last year.
It has also been quite a few years since i walked round here too and although it’s not in the same class as the high fells of lakeland there are still some pretty steep bits and the views are excellent.
Our route was to be a figure of eight taking in Blawith Knott, Tottlebank Height, Beacon fell and Beacon Tarn.
Some of the track is also part of the Cumbria Way before the more serious heights are tackled.
We parked the car near to Giants Grave, thought to be a Bronze Age Barrow about 4000 yrs old. Stupid me didn’t take a photo. Sorry.
There are lots of historical sites in these hills which are well worth seeking out, however, today was not the day, due to the biting wind coming straight across from the Irish Sea. Today was a day to keep moving and infrequent stopping.
Looking North towards the Coniston Group of Mountains.
Sheila at the top of Blawith Knott, kitted out in 4 layers of gear.
Just at this point we were greeted to a short burst of sleet and rain and we sheltered behind some outcrops. Fortunately it was only for a few minutes and then it was clear again.
Before i looked closely at the map we were off heading for Cockenskell when if i had been a bit more alert we could have gone north and seen the Coulter Stone. Next time.
This is where we briefly joined the Cumbria Way, now heading North to pass Beacon Tarn on the west side and heading for Coniston.
Yours truly on Beacon Fell having a breather before moving rapidly off.
View of Beacon Tarn from Beacon Fell.
On arrival back at camp we had another green tea and got into our sleeping bags to warm us up. Fortunately we brought with us about 30cl of Glen Livet whisky which helped allegedly.
Tomorrow hopefully we get a warmer day as Wetherlam is planned.
For those who want to view some more photo’s of this walk please click on the link here.