A Christmas Card for you Dear Reader. The crunch of snow the smell of hay even the beasts need food today, a golden glow over hills far away maybe better weather on the way, will the snow find time to stay it's nearly Christmas Day, a farmer waves from his beast of steel, four giant wheels to aid his speed, just one unfortunate sole that must work on this fine day.

Start, Oxenholme.

Route. Oxenholme - Natland - Larkrigg - Wilson Place - Nannypie Lane - Force Lane - Park Head - Levens Park - Levens Bridge - Lancaster Canal - Sedgwick - Larkrigg Bridge - Helm Lane - Oxenholme.

Notes. The car's still buried up to its axles in snow I intended to dig it out today, unfortunately there was more snow last night, I decided on a short walk from home, just as well it was bloody hard work dragging tired legs through soft snow.

From Oxenholme I trudged through deep snow on field paths to Natland, followed by a short walk along the lane to Sedgwick before reaching a finger-post giving directions to Force Bridge. Along field paths and bridleways deep in snow I made my way to Wilson Place where I crossed the footbridge over the Kent to access Nannypie Lane, south along the lane saw me enter Force Lane, still heading south I passed under the A590 to reach Park Head and the entrance to Levens Park, after a hard walk through deep snow Levens Bridge was a welcome sight.

My homeward journey was made through the avenue of Oaks exiting the park onto the Hincaster Road, I crossed the A590 this time to be greeted by a finger-post pointing to Kendal, this path followed the line of the Lancaster to Kendal Canal, passing Sedgwick and the woods of Larkrigg Spring before reaching the bridleway I followed earlier, I re-traced my steps to Natland before wandering up Helm Lane to access the A65, a short walk over tarmac followed before the mammoth task of digging the car out.

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home.

An icy wonderland across the Kent Valley, taken from the fields above Natland.

A rather grey image looking back to The Helm.

Wonderful winter scene in the fields above Larkrigg Hall.

A few locals with a view over Kentdale.

Wandering through the pages of a Christmas card, looking to Larkrigg Spring Wood.

Wonderful golden light in the bridleway near Robin Hoods Wood.

Nearing the banks of the River Kent en route to Wilson Place.

A winter wonderland at Wilson Place.

Looking to Low Park Wood.

The River Kent seen from near Wilson Place.

Nannypie Lane under snow.

A real wintry scene across the fields at Park Head, looking to The Helm.

An arctic scene across usually green pastures near Beach Wood.

Deep snow in Levens Park.

Heading to Levens Bridge, looking south across Levens Park.

Wonderful winter scene through Levens Park, take a look below....

....the same avenue of trees in the November floods.

The River Kent today, quietly meandering it's way to the sea.

Seen from the east bank of the river, rising above the parkland Whitbarrow Scar.

Stunning conditions, not a soul in sight, I have the park to myself.

The Levens Park avenue of Oaks.

Golden glow over the hills of South Lakeland, seen from the Kendal/Lancaster Canal.

Over the trees Kendal Fell.

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