Farleton Fell and Hutton Roof Crags.

Start. Holme village (north).

Route. Holme - Lancaster/Kendal Canal - Jonson's Bridge - Holm Park Bridge - Garth's Bridge - Farleton - Farleton Fell - Newbiggin Crags - Hutton Roof Crags - Lancelot Clark Storth - Slape Lane - Burton-in-Kendal - Lancaster/Kendal Canal - Holme.

Notes. My plan today was to head to Barbondale, maybe ascend Barkin and Calf Top, after looking at the fell forecast it didn't seem such a good idea, strong winds, 40mph plus, heavy snow turning to rain, possible white-out conditions, not the the kind of weather to get caught on the high fells in, after pondering the problem I decided on Farleton Fell and the slightly higher Hutton Roof Crags, not so high I'd probably only get rain with not so strong winds.

I parked at the northern end of Holme Village where North Road dissects the canal, my route took me north along the canal tow path, skirting the edge of the M6 to reach a single track road, I turned right to cross the motorway and canal to enter Farleton Village, the road turned sharp left, here a finger post directed me to Farleton Fell, climbing between dense Gorse and limestone scree I soon reached the summit. I followed the wall on good paths eventually crossing Newbiggin Crags before the descent to the fell road. Here the ascent of Hutton Roof Crags begun, (don't follow in my footsteps the route was a bloody nightmare, walk west down the lane taking the next stile on the left), after the path I was following vanished I found myself stumbling through thick undergrowth, over slippery limestone pavements, and the rain had started, eventually I stumbled on a path which lead me to the summit. I left the summit heading west, across a stile to descend through delightful woodland eventually reaching Slape Lane (green track), this I followed to Burton-in-Kendal, I wandered along Vicarage Lane, crossed the main road to enter Tanpits Lane before entering Station Lane, over the motorway then down the hill to access the canal. On a nice day with the sun shining on your back the canal's as good a walk as any, today it was muddy, wet and miserable, even the many waterfowl looked sad, two miles later with six inches of mud clinging to my boots and trousers I eventually reached the car.

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From the Lancaster, Kendal Canal views to Farleton Fell.

Views to the north.

A hazy view to the upper reaches of Morecambe Bay, hazy views would be the theme for the day.

Looking with envy to the hills above Barbondale, to the left Middleton Fell and the right Barbon High Fell.

The summit Farleton Fell.

Looking to the spectacular limestone cliffs of Holmepark Fell.

It may be a grey day but the limestone pavements on Farleton Fell are still quite spectacular.

Who needs sunshine with scenery like this.

Looking to the Clints and Grikes of a landscape laid down in a shallow tropical sea over 350 million years ago, at the end of the last ice age the rock was left exposed to 12,000 years of erosion, rain has eaten into faults between the limestone blocks creating the landscape we see today, spectacular isn't it.

Erratic boulder found on Newbiggin Crags.

Looking to Hutton Roof Crags.

Seen over the Clints and Grikes of the limestone pavements on Hutton Roof Crags Holmepark Fell.

The blue, grey hills of Bowland seen over the Lune Valley.

The summit Hutton Roof Crags, on the far horizon just visible the familiar flat top of Ingleborough.

In Slape Lane looking back to Hutton Roof Crags.

The aquaduct in Station Lane.

On the canal, getting extremely wet and muddy heading north.

Above Holme Mills with Farleton Fell just visible through the haze.

Looking south, at least I can keep the camera dry under here.

When the northern reaches of the canal were opened in 1819 these coke ovens were built, used to burn volcanic impurities such as sulphur out of coal to make it ideal for use in the iron smelting industry.

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