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4th March 2018
Coach Trip to Grange over Sands

Grange-over-Sands is a town and civil parish on Morecambe Bay – with a wide tidal range, hence the "sands" name – roughly midway between Barrow-in-Furness and Kendal in Cumbria. Above the town is Hampsfield Fell, crowned by 'Hampsfell Hospice', a sturdy limestone tower monument offering shelter to the rain-drenched walker. The Tower provides a viewpoint of all the foothills of the outlying southern Lakeland fells and on the roof, a large compass pointer and list of peaks identify the greater and lesser landmarks in this magnificent panorama.

A Walk 

Leader
- Anthony Fleetwood 10 miles Moderate 

We start the days walk in the village of Cark, joining the Cumbria Coastal Way via Holker Hall. We ascend Howbarrow Hill. 170metres, with glorious views of Ulverston and the southern Lakeland peaks. Then onward to Hampsfell and the Hospice Tower with lunch in Cartmel, we continue to Grange through Eggerslack Wood.  1723 feet total ascent.

B Walk

Leader Michael Counter   Walking Distance 9 mile Moderate

We alight the coach in Grange and continue on up through Eggerstack Wood and onto Hampsfell.(712ft). A climb to the top of the Hospice, a notable viewing platform, is a must.. The route now continues along the Cistercian Way down into Cartmel, passing the Priory and racecourse.  A sharp left takes us onto Birkby Hall and then Allithwaite.  The Cumbria Coastal Way is now followed from Kent Banks back into Grange along the promenade.

The field paths are likely to be very muddy.  

C Walk 

Leader Carol Higgins Walking Distance 8 mile Moderate

Leaving Grange we head up through Eggerslack Woods to Hampsfell Hospice, a bit of a climb (we’ll take it slowly) but it’s well worth the effort for the stunning 360 degree view from the top. From here we descend northwards to Hampsfell Hall Farm before making our way west across the valley bottom fields to Old House Wood (although a small wood it is the muddiest part of the walk) and then south to the village of Cartmel. Passing the race course and Priory we make our way back to Grange via the golf club, and finally drop down to join the Promenade and a stroll back to the coaches along the sea front with views across the estuary. Most of the walk is on field tracks which can be muddy in places and does have various stiles along the way.

D Walk
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Leader Paul Brown Walking Distance 6 ½ miles Moderate

We start this walk at the coach park in Grange over Sands and walk steadily uphill (fairly steeply) for about ¾ mile to reach High Farm. We continue to Spring Bank, walk past Grange over Sands golf club then on into the village of Allithwaite to join the Cumbria Coastal Way. We walk to Kents Bank then further on join the promenade for a pleasant walk alongside the bay to take us back to the coaches. We will take time to look at some interesting local features, including Guides Farm, and the Lido Gallery at the former outdoor swimming pool. Most of this walk is on good surfaces but may be wet and muddy in just a few spots, some ups and downs, no stiles, good views across Morecambe Bay.

Pick up time for return journey.   Returning Home:  5.30pm from the coach park opposite the railway station. Please do not ask the driver for extra stops on the way home as this can be dangerous and make the return journey longer for everyone.Blackburn coach to drop off in Clitheroe first, Burnley coach has  Clayton le Moors as first stop. station.

PICKUP TIMES
Morning (Outward) Pick-Up Points

Blackburn Coach

08:00     Darwen : Boots Duckworth St

08:05     Darwen : Lynwood Avenue

08:10     Ewood : Empire Theatre

08:15     Blackburn : Penny Street

08:20     Oswaldtwistle : Black Dog

08:25     Oswaldtwistle : The Civic Theatre

08:35     Accrington : Whalley Rd, Kwik Fit

08:40     Accrington : Victoria Hospital

08:50     Clayton : Hare and Hounds

08:55     Harwood : Nightingales Garage

09:00     Whalley : King Street

09:05     Clitheroe : York Street

Burnley Coach

08:15     Nelson : Walton lane, Leeds Road

08:20     Colne : Crown Hotel

08:20     Colne : Library

08:25     Colne : Alkincoates

08:30     Barrowford : Heritage Centre

08:40     Nelson : Bus Station

08:45     Brierfield : Town Hall

08:50     Burnley : Brennard Street

08:55     Burnley : Bus Station

08:55     Burnley : Tim Bobbin

09:00     Padiham : Whitegates

09:05     Padiham : Town Hall

09:10     Clayton : Hare and Hounds

 

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