I have recently been finding it difficult to avoid covering previously trodden ground without going further afield, and this Thursday I had to accept a one kilometre overlap with a previous route, but we still walked on new found grass-in-the-middle lanes and decent footpaths around Winster, a region of characterful little green hills, abundant wild flowers, and all at peace with the world.
Quarter of a mile from return to the car we came to Winster Holy Trinity Church (C of E), a modest but attractive building using local Lakeland slate. The interior was immaculate and obviously well maintained. We sat outside on a welcome bench for quarter of an hour in peaceful contemplation as a huge group of ramblers filed past shouting down the line to each other warning of an approaching car - they were making their way back to their awaiting coach close to where we had parked. Our church visit was relevant to the most recent post on The Two Blonde's blog and I repeat the comment I made there: Say what you will about religion, but there is a palpable atmosphere in these places which seems to relax the soul and sooth the mind.
|Our route is the thin red line. Part of a previous route in pink with blue waymarks encroaches.|
Winster Church is marked by the cross just south of Howe Farm
|Gilpin Mill. From here on I had a smudge on my lens. Thankfully I have been able to clean it.|
|Pete has a thorough knowledge of botany including all the Latin names but he didn't recognise this one- detail shot below. Any offers?|
|Northern Marsh Orchid... I think?|