The Hampsfell Ridge.

Start. Grange-over-Sands.

Route. Grange-over-Sands - Eggerslack Wood - Hampsfell - Fell End - Spring Bank Farm - Grange-over-Sands.

Notes. It was such a nice day today I thought I might have a drive to Grange-over-Sands, maybe have a wander to the summit of Hampsfell. At just over 700ft high it's hardly an exerting climb but the views from the top are equal to anything in the Lake District, to the east Arnside and the Lancashire coast, to the south disappearing into a watery horizon the vast expanse of mud flats and shifting sand that is Morecambe Bay, to the west the Furness Peninsula stretches into the distance, and in land a stunning view to a litany of rolling hills and lush green valleys that make up the English Lake District.

I parked the car on the public car park on Windermere Road, a short walk north brought me to Eggerslack Wood. My route was way-marked, Hampsfell, on good paths I ascended through delightful woodland passing two disused water tanks before reaching a stile allowing access onto the open fell. I carried on climbing, now clear of the tree line the views begun to open out, the path lead to another stile, I crossed before making the short walk to the summit, adorned with a hospice and view finder this is a great place to sit and let the day slide away, for me there was more ground to cover. I took my leave, heading south my sights set on The Beacon on Fell End, on good paths I wandered on, crossing an unnamed summit before reaching Fell End. I lingered a while in the company of a large cairn known as The Beacon before making my descent to Spring Bank Farm. After descending the farm drive my route passed through a field containing a preserved lime kiln before accessing a muddy path leading back into Grange. After picking my way through the narrow streets, there's only one rule to follow, keep walking down hill. I made my way to the promenade for the final half mile back to the parked car.

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The path through Eggerslack Wood.

Two water tanks passed en route, built to supply water to the community of Grange-over-Sands, last used in the 1940s.

Slippery when wet, fortunately today it's bone dry.

The final stretch of woodland path, the fell wall can clearly be seen growing larger with every step.

Seen over the tree tops of Eggerslack Wood, Arnside Knott.

Stunning vistors to the east taking in Arnside Knott and Park, Warton Crag and Know End Point, across the horizon the hills of Bowland.

In shadow the Newton Fells backed by the limestone cliffs of Whitbarrow.

Big skies and equally big views from the summit of Hampsfell.

The Hospice adorned with a view indicator.

Limestone scars and dwarf trees to the south of the Hospice.

The Furness Peninsula disappears into a blue/grey horizon.

Twelve miles to the south seen over the rising waters of Morecambe Bay, Heysham Nuclear Power Stations, beyond that the Blackpool coast line.

The Beacon on Fell End with views over the Vale of Cartmel, the hills across the skyline the Coniston massif.

The medieval village of Cartmel backed by Bigland Scar, Mount Barnard and Ellerside.

Descending Fell End looking to Arnside Knott.

Lime kiln at Spring Bank Farm passed en route.

As seen from the promenade Grange-over-Sands the woodland of Arnside Park and the scree of Arnside Knott.

Viewing Warton Crag.

The mile long promenade at Grange-over-Sands.

Arnside Knott and the cliffs of Blackstone Point, to the left Holme Island seen from near the railway station.

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