ARNSIDE HOLIDAY NOV 2017
Saturday 28 October - by coach to Arnside
Sunday 29 October - Wray Castle & Windemere walk
It was a lovely bright clear sunny day. After breakfast the coach picked us up and dropped us off at the start point of today's walk Ambleside. We took the ferry across lake Windemere to Wray Castle. We walked up the footpath from the lake to Wray Castle perched high overlooking the lake and lush green fields scattered with grazing sheep. In the background the mountains of the north lakes stood proud in the winter sunshine. Indeed a most beautiful spot to have our lunch on the picnic benches overlooking this wonderful scenery. We had a opportunity to look round the castle and to learn some of the history.
From the castle we took the footpath down to the lakeside and walked along towards Clave Castle. Some of the group took the higher path over the top of the hill. The lake was a beautiful deep blue colour rippling in the gentle breeze.
After a short climb to Clave Castle viewpoint we made our way to the waterfront and to the ferry which took us over to Bowness where the coach picked us up and took us back to our Parkside hotel.
After dinner Larry put on a quiz for us.
Monday 30th October - Milenthorpe Walk, Arnside
After a hearty breakfast the coach took us to Milenthorpe Bridge where we started our walk today. The weather was dry and slightly cloudy. Under the leadership of a local walk leader called Cyril we enjoyed another good days walk. We started with a steep incline through parkland. We past farms with lovely views and made our way to The Fairy Steps. Here we made our apple stop. This being a narrow ravine cut out on a sheer cliff by natural erosion. A few who dared climbed up the steps to behold the most marvellous view at the top right across the Arnside bay. The saying is if you can climb these steps without touching the walls, make a wish, and it will come true. From this most magical place we took the footpath downward through the fairy woodland, the floor being solid smooth rock, therefore a little slippery. At the bottom of this escarpment we reached a farm on a narrow country lane. We made our way through Stoke village and down the hillside to Arnside. We sat on the edge of the water to have our lunch. The reflections of the sky on the still water was beautiful. With the hills and mountains in the background it made a perfect place to rest. We then took the waterside footpath back into the centre of Arnside and back to the hotel.
This evening after dinner Larry put one his vintage films on Hobsons Choice.
Tuesday 31st October - North Lakes Tour by Coach
The weather today was rather disappointing, very dull and threatening rain. An early start for us after breakfast on the coach. Our first visit was to Grassmere where we had a whistle stop for half an hour. Next on to Keswick where we stopped for a couple of hours. Enough time to visit the Pencil Museum or to do some retail therapy in the town. A cup of real Yorkshire Tea and slice of Cumbrian Gingercake was a must here. The coach then took us to Pooley Bridge where we got onto the boat bound for Glenridding. The sky was dark and threatening and it was rather cold and windy on Ullswater. The type of weather one would expect to experience in the Lake District. It was an enjoyable trip surrounded by such beautiful scenery. The coach met us at the other end of the lake and on the homeward journey we enjoyed a drive through the beautiful landscape of the Kirkstone Pass.
After dinner at the hotel Lorraine, Dave and Jan held a quiz called "the Price is Right"
Wednesday 1st November - Arnside Knott walk
The weather was broken cloud and sunshine, no rain. After breakfast we walked from the hotel down a steep and rather slippery footpath made so by rain in the night. Walked through a field full of cows. It was extremely boggy under foot, but with careful steps we all made it through without any muddy bottoms. We walked through a beautiful beech wood with just a few remaining yellow and gold leaves clinging on to the treetops. We made our way up a steep and rather muddy hillside to reach the Arnside Tower. This was a stronghold once joined to a house which was built during the English Civil War. After having a short apple stop at the Tower, we continued our journey up a steep footpath and onto a mobile home holiday park. Here we stopped for lunch, on a high elevation where we could enjoy views of the Arnside Knott. After lunch we walked down through the holiday park and out onto fields following alongside the dry stone walls which segregate the farmland. We walked an elevated footpath through woods, coming across two larges holes (or caves). Out and through another holiday home park nestling on the edge of the Arnside Estuary. The tide was out so we had no problem in walking alongside the waters edge and back into Arnside village centre, then back to our hotel
After dinner Larry put another of his vintage films on
Thursday 2nd November - Silverdale Bird Sanctuary
The day was bright and sunny. We walked from the hotel down to the Arnside Railway Station. There we all climbed aboard the train bound for Silverdale one stop along the line. After spending about 2 hours here and after lunch we headed back on our walk to Arnside. Left the sanctuary via a long winding country lane then turned left and took a route over some extremely muddy fields. It was hard going, but we all enjoyed the challenge. The footpath took us through woodlands where Forest workers were coppicing hazel. Our route took us over more lush green fields and over the local stone stiles. We walked on the edge of the Arnside wetlands. A short distance of road walking then upwards to the highest point in Arnside. Stopped to admire the views. Then back to the hotel.
After dinner Ivan held a quiz and we watched another oldie movie Blythe Spirit
Friday 3rd November - Cartmel (home of sticky toffee pudding) walk
The weather was cloudy, but dry. After breakfast the coach picked us all up. The long walkers were dropped off at a point a couple of miles from Cartmel and were led by a local walk leader. The remainder disembarked at Cartmel village. Cartmel is a quaint little Cumbrian village. Famous for its isolation policy during the black death which saved so many lives. The village boasts a most beautiful priory. More importantly it is the home of sticky toffee pudding.
Sylvia was in the led on a 3 mile walk on the outskirts of the village. Our walk commenced with a steep climb on the woodland hillside just outside the village. We climbed over many stone stiles and through farms then into woodland again. Downward we went through a pine forest. We emerged onto a small country lane and took the footpath over a clapping stone bridge. We then made our way back into the village. There we enjoyed our lunch in the village square and had plenty of time to spare to explore the village and Priory. The long walkers arrived back at the village. After filling our bags with sticky toffee pudding and other northern goodies we climbed aboard the coach for our final journey back to the hotel
Larry said his thank you to Sylvia and Alan, and presented Sylvia with a collection we had made. Another very successful walking holiday, thank you Sylvia and Alan. Larry then said a big thank you to the hotel staff who were handed their gratuities. They did a great job keeping us fed and watered and with amazing packed lunches each day.
One of our newest members Mike Mansfield composed a poem which he read to us after dinner.
Please may I say a word or two
From all of us who are not with you
This week we have had a super ball
So many thanks go to you all
Some of your names elude us still
Except our super walker Gill
There's Ken our Albion supporter
And Sylvia his clever daughter
Who says that 5 equals 10
I bet she won't do this again
With Alan made a super prog so neat
Containing buses, boats, free trains and feet
There's Jan the van, Geoff and Dave
Try to teach us how to save
Then Ivan's towns were hidden away
Get them all right - no way
Well now I feel I must not tarry
Our final thanks to go to
The fine weather we had all week and of course to Larry"
Saturday 4th November - Return Home
After breakfast, we said our farewells and thank you to the hotel and boarded the coach, southward bound home