Wallowbarrow Gorge

After a fun afternoon at Lowick show on Saturday, where we checked out the exhibits tent and are now enthusiastic to enter several categories next year (I am confident my cookies and tray bakes will go down as well in Lowick as they did in Winchester and Lays photographic skills are bound to impress (again)), we met up with the Leck’s on Sunday morning for a walk to Wallowbarrow Gorge located in the Duddon Valley.

With local knowledge from Tony we parked opposite the Holy Trinity Church at Seathwaite to begin our exploration of Wallowbarrow Gorge.

Setting off together.
Crossing the river Duddon on the ‘Memorial Bridge’
The alternative crossing via stepping stones
Walking through Beech trees below Fickle Crag
Entering Grassguards Native Woodland

Lay informs me that the Forestry Commission has decided to restore the entire Hardknott Plantation in the upper reaches of the valley, into native habitats of oak and birch woodland, bogs and open ground. Some areas are regenerating naturally with holly, willow, birch and rowan, while other areas remain as crag and bog; all of which support rare mammals such as dormice and red squirrels, and birds that include great spotted woodpeckers, jays, bullfinches, redstarts and pied flycatchers. The whole project is expected to take 60 to 70 years to complete – just in time for Megan and Williams families to enjoy!!

We detoured off the path to make our way to the top of Wallowbarrow Crag with fine views of Harter Fell on one side and the back of Coniston Fells on the other. A perfect place for a spot of lunch.

Megan trying to join Molly on a large boulder
Kings and Queens of the castle (or can I spot a dirty rascal or two)
Me and my dawg!!!
Resting at the edge of the crag.

After lunch, we continued our circular route along forest paths until we rejoined the route at Memorial bridge.

William in a rare moment of contemplation
Wallowbarrow Gorge – tick!

This walk had something for everyone – rivers and waterfalls, views and vistas, scrambling and rambling and good company. We will definitely keep this one in mind to share with any visitors.

Once back in Lowick we parted company to get some chores done before re-convening at Langholme Mill for Lamb Tagine. A scrummy way to end to another fine weekend in the Lakes.

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  1. The idea of having a family site is excellent (not that mine would co-operate!). Superb photographs of an obviously beautiful part of the country. It’s great that you seem to have settled in.
    Elise misses Meg, as was to be expected. We all hope to see you in the noon-too-distant future. All the very best. Laurence (Elise’s uncle/guardian)

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