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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Morning (Outward) Pick-Up Points
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
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