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Today I awoke without a plan.
I have done gardening to death over the last few days; I have scant knowledge of the subject and generally dislike the activity, especially lawn mowing, but I watch Gardener's World because it seems to be good for my soul, and I do feel proud of my garden on the spasmodic occasions when a burst of energy has conquered it, but the problem is that the makeover lasts for such a short time before you have to start again. Gardening guru friends advise me that "a little and often" should be the plan, but that is easy to say but not to achieve, especially when one has another pass-time that takes precedence.
Fellow blogger beatingthebounds who lives within a couple of miles of me has a habit of posting about places in our locality that I have not been to. That is despite me having lived here for eighteen years and egotistically believing I have walked the majority of footpaths and visited most items of interest on the map within a fair radius of our abodes.
Back in May btb included a visit to an enigmatic cairn on Raven's Barrow fell CLICK. and it was promptly added to my mental "to do" list.
As I lay in bed I knew the larder was nearly bare and I would have to submit to the chore of shopping but my thoughts rebelled and turned to that cairn, and I convinced myself that one of my curries from the freezer would see me through my evening meal, and I was up and about and motivated.
I plotted a four mile route to take in the cairn halfway. The whole walk was on perfect tracks, some hard core, and some cropped turf, varied through woods, and then open fells, and never a cow trodden field. I diverted to access the cairn from the west using the height that I had gained rather than having to make a steep ascent later from the east, and just before seeing the cairn I mounted a hillocky high point which dropped suddenly and steeply away giving a surprise and dramatic view down into and across the Winster valley - magic.
The cairn is designated as a monument on the OS map but I can find no history of its origin, so perhaps OS are being presumptuous? I would be interested to hear if anybody knows any more. There is a recess which makes a good seat and I had taken a flask of coffee and some biscuits and took much pleasure in soaking up the extensive views.
|This and next two: Sow HowTarn. Very pretty, but difficult to photograph without trespassing, but there are some good photos if you Google|
|The only people I saw on the walk were a couple sat at the bottom left hand corner of this farm building. They didn't see me passing so there was not even a greeting.|
|On the way to the cairn/monument - just over the horizon|
|South down the Winster valley to the Kent estuary, and across to Arnside|
|North-ish up the Winster valley with distant Lake District hills, and the northern end of Whitbarrow intruding from the right. I was fascinated by the larger than usual expanse of irregularly shaped fields.|
|One for Alan R. looks a bit different?|
|If you click to enlarge you will see red dots marking my outward route. The cairn/monument is just on the other side of the righthand end of the central light green plateau|
|Clockwise starting from left at carpark annotation|