Sunday: 1 May 2016
Leader: John Jones
Photos: John Jones

SUNDAY 1 MAY 2016 - Gait Barrow and Hazelslack

On a damp Sunday afternoon eleven walkers set out from the RSPB Leighton Moss car park. The causeway was reached by means of the newly constructed walkway through the reeds, which was much admired. The path beside the golf course, through the John Mabson gate, was taken to reach Trowbarrow quarry and then the line of the old tram way taken to get to Red Bridge.

Moss Lane was followed to enter Gait Barrows Nature Reserve. The walk continued beside beautiful Hawes Water, somewhat dismal in the light rain.

On leaving Gate Barrows, the path behind Silverdale Moss was taken, where the unusual view of Arnside Pele tower on the skyline was almost obscured by mist. Carr House Lane and a field path led to the Pele tower at Hazelslack. A bridle way and field paths led to Leighton Beck Bridge, passing the site of Leighton Furnace. Field paths via East and West Coppices led back to Gait Barrows, where the steep path back to Moss Lane was followed.

Finally the track back through Trowbarrow returned the walkers to the start. A pleasant, if damp, 7 miles.

John Jones 6 May 2016