Hampsfell through the Vale of Cartmel.

Start. Cartmel.

Route. Cartmel - Pit Farm - Hampsfell - Longlands Allotment - Old House Wood - Aynsome Mill - Aynsome Manor - Cartmel.

Notes. Hampsfell I've climbed many times over the years, always from Grange, when Sue suggested an afternoon walk to its summit I agreed on one condition, we set out from Cartmel. I'm afraid it's a walk I'll remember for all the wrong reasons, the stifling heat, biting insects, in Sue's case a heard of young heifers that tried to head us off before we reached the safety of the next field, did we enjoy it? would we go back? of course.

From The Square in Cartmel we passed under the 14th century Gate House to follow Cavendish Street, on reaching a T-junction a left turn was made, after thirty yards a set of steps allowed access to the fields, following the route of the Cistercian Way we soon passed Pit Farm to begin the steep, hot ascent of Hampsfell, the path soon swung north to reach the summit, adorned with a Hospice and view finder this relatively low fell commands some superb views. Onwards still heading north we descended through Hampsfield Allotment skirting Heaning Wood to reach the road near Hampsfell Hall. After a few yards over tarmac we entered the fields, our route back meandered through the Vale of Cartmel, easy walking through a patchwork of fields linked by stiles and ancient bridges, passing through cool woodland, along quiet country lanes to eventually enter Cartmel from the north.

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Passing under the impressive arch of the Priory Gate House to enter Cavendish Street.

The River Eea at Cartmel.

The first view of Hampsfell from the Cistercian Way en route to Pit Farm.

Seen from the lower slopes of Hampsfell the impressive 12th century Priory dominates the small village.

On the steep ascent of Hampsfell with views across the Leven Estuary.

A hazy view to the Furness Peninsula seen from near the summit of Hampsfell.

The Hospice marks the summit of Hampsfell.

At this time of year the grike's between the limestone blocks are alive with plants, rare ferns and orchids safe from the ever hungry sheep, I believe this is a member of the Crain's-bill family.

Sue approaches the Hospice.

On the roof of the Hospice with views over Morecambe Bay.

Arnside Knott over Hampsfell.

Rising out of the heat haze Whitbarrow Scar.

A wonderful view across the Vale of Cartmel.

Looking to the western face of Hampsfell.

Seen from the dappled shade of a mighty Sycamore, Hampsfell rising from the Vale of Cartmel.

A quaint bridge and stile crossed by a not so quaint walker en route to Old House Wood.

A shapely Sycamore passed en route.

Approaching Muddy Pool viewing the Priory from the north.

In the Square Cartmel, looking to the Priory Gate House built between 1330-1340, in the foreground Cartmel's ancient cross, (it seems to have lost a bit), to the right the Fish Slabs.

Cartmel Priory built between 1190-1200.

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