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The bridleway from How Barrow towards Burns Farm
The bridleway from How Barrow towards Burns Farm

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Route No. 673 - Thursday 25 May 2017
Cartmel Racecourse, How Barrow Trig point,
Barns Bank Plantation circuit- 8km
Cartmel, Cumbria . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer OL7 The English Lakes South-Eastern Area


This week we are staying with some friends in a holiday cottage in Grange-over-Sands on the edge of Morecambe Bay south of the Lake District. So far the weather has been perfect, fine, dry, brilliant blue skies and warm sunshine with a gentle breeze. This morning the weather was even hotter and we drove to the racecourse car park on the edge of Cartmel at map ref. SD 376 787 for the start of our walk. The racecourse was being prepared for the Whit Holiday Meeting Saturday 27 May to Bank Holiday Monday 29 May 2017. There were numerous fairground rides being assembled and sprinklers working overtime in the hot sunshine.

Preparations at Cartmel Racecourse for the Whit race meeting this weekend
Preparations at Cartmel Racecourse for the Whit race meeting this weekend

Our starting point at Cartmel Racecourse car
Our starting point at Cartmel Racecourse car park

The access road across the track covered with soft sand
The access road across the track covered with soft sand

Gate into Lane Park
Gate into Lane Park

Path through Lane Park
Path through Lane Park

We had a welcome cool shower from the sprinklers as we crossed the track. We continued along this access road for about 1km from the race track through woodland and grassland to a junction in the track at map ref. SD 363 776.

From the car park we set in a south westerly direction across the race track along an access road that had been covered with a deep layer of soft sand on the line of the race track.

Setting off from the racecourse car park
Setting off from the racecourse car park

Following the track to Lane Park
Following the track to Lane Park

Path through Lane Park
Path through Lane Park


Access track between the fields near Holker village

Our sharp right turn away from Holker at map ref. SD 363 776
Our sharp right turn away from Holker at map ref. SD 363 776

following a track along the boundary of woodland on our left and grassland on our right
Track along the boundary of the woodland and the grassland

Continuing along the track through the wood
Continuing along the track through the wood


Continuing along the track through the wood

Now the woodland was on our right and grassland on our left. After another 350m we entered some woodland still following the track. After about 300m we came out of the woodland into more grassland and after another 60m we came to the corner of the wood.

Here, at the junction in the track, a public road begins on our left, heading to the village of Holker, but we turned sharp right following a track along the boundary of woodland on our left and grassland on our right, then after about 600m the track turned left.

Waiting in the shade for the stragler (me)
Waiting in the shade for the straggler (me)

A patch of speedwells by the track
A patch of speedwells by the track

Path across the field at the top of the wood
Path across the field at the top of the wood


Watching the shepherds at work on their flock over the walk

Sheep penned ready for shearing
Sheep penned ready for shearing

Path heading up around the east side of How Barrow
Path heading up around the east side of How Barrow

Enjoying the views from the ridge at How Barrow
Enjoying the views from the ridge at How Barrow

Then we turned left off the track to climb across a steep grass field to the trig point on the rocky ridge at map ref. SD 357 792. We spent a few minutes on the ridge admiring the view. To the west across another arm of Morecambe Bay we could see the little town of Ulveston and to the east was the ridge of Hampsfell where we walked yesterday. To the north lies Windermere and its surrounding fells.

Just over the stone wall on our left here a flock of sheep was being held in some pens for shearing by two shepherds whilst a shepherdess was methodically working her way around the flock giving them all a dose of wormer. From this interesting scene we made our way across the field to the top right hand corner and continued along the track around the eastern side of the hill called How Barrow.

Shearing in progress in the hot sunshine
Shearing in progress in the hot sunshine

Trig point on top of How Barrow
Trig point on top of How Barrow

Looking west towards Ulveston
Looking west towards Ulveston

The view to the west from the ridge near the How Barrow trig point
The view to the west from the ridge near the How Barrow trig point

Dropping down from the ridge to the gateway in the wall below
Dropping down from the ridge to the gateway in the wall below

Peter on gate duty seeing the last stragler, me, through
Peter on gate duty seeing the last straggler, me, through

Here we turned left to follow a bridleway along the track in the direction of Burns Farm. After about 300m there were a number of large trees on the bank to the left of the path and we chose a patch of deep shade to sit on the bank with a fine view down towards Cartmel for our lunch.

We had planned to sit here for our lunch but there was no shade and it was a very hot day, so we resumed our walk retracing our steps down from the trig point for about 250m to a junction in the track at map ref. SD 359 792.


The bridleway heading towards Burns farm

The large shady trees ahead look promising for a lunch stop
The large shady trees ahead look promising for a lunch stop

Our lunch stop under some shady trees
Our lunch stop under some shady trees

Heading for Burns Farm after our lunch stop
Heading for Burns Farm after our lunch stop


Wooden footbridge over the stream
Wooden footbridge over the stream

After about 100m we turned right again and continued along the footpath and through a caravan site, across a simple wooden footbridge over a small stream and across a field to enter Tram Wood at map ref. SD 363 794.

It was pleasantly cool in the shade of the trees and we had a comfortable, slow lunch break. Much refreshed we set off again along the track towards Burns Farm. Just before we reached the farm we turned right off the bridleway to follow a public footpath along a walled track.

Turning right onto the walled track just before Burns Farm
Turning right onto the walled track just before Burns Farm

Path turning through the hedge to cross the stream
Path turning through the hedge to cross the stream

Path across the field to Tram Wood
Path across the field to Tram Wood

Path from the field leading into Tram Wood
Path from the field leading into Tram Wood

Path between Tram Wood & Hill farm
Path between Tram Wood & Hill farm


Cattle in the heat at Hill farm

Stile from Barns Bank Plantation to the farm access track
Stile from Barns Bank Plantation to the farm access track

From Hill farm we followed the path through Barns Bank Plantation to join a farm access track at map ref. SD 372 794. At the access track we turned right and walked along it for about 250m to a public road. We continued in the same direction along the public road for about 50m and then turned left off the road.

We followed the path through the southern tip of Tram Wood and then across the fields to pass just north of Hill farm. There was a small pony in a paddock next to its stable and in the field over the wall on our right there was a herd of cattle with calves and a large limosin bull most of them lying down in the heat.

Pony at Hill farm
Pony at Hill farm

Path through Barns Bank Plantation
Path through Barns Bank Plantation

Following the road to our turn to Park Wood
Following the road to our turn to Park Wood

Our turning off the public road to the path across the field to Park Wood
Our turning off the public road to the path across the field to Park Wood

Path across the field to Park Wood
Path across the field to Park Wood

Path through Park Wood
Path through Park Wood

Dropping down the bank from Park Wood to the racecourse
Dropping down the bank from Park Wood to the racecourse

We left our gear in our cars and walked into Cartmel village for a cold beer in the shade at the local micro brewery before driving back to our holiday cottage and a barbeque on this lovely sunny day. The whole route was just under 8km and with all our stops for refreshments and admiring the scenery it had taken over three hours to walk in the hot sunshine.

From the road we followed a public footpath along the edge of a field to Park Wood. We continued along the path through Park Wood and down a short but steep wooded bank to a gate onto Cartmel Racecourse. We crossed the race track and made our way past the fairground wagons back to the car park.

Stone squeeze stile into Park Wood
Stone squeeze stile into Park Wood

Path through Park Wood
Path through Park Wood

Path from Park Wood across the racecourse to the car park
Path from Park Wood across the racecourse to the car park

We walked into Cartmel village for a cold beer in the shade at the local micro brewery at the end of our walk
We walked into Cartmel village for a cold beer in the shade at the local micro brewery at the end of our walk

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