There have been few occasions when I have sought permission to walk on private land. BC pointed out that so far we have not strayed more than a kilometre from our straight line; that is by chance rather than pre-planning, and it has kept us within the spirit of Nick Crane's Two Degrees West. BC suggested that we now attempt to keep within that limit for the rest of the walk.
Look at the first map below. It encompasses the Quernmore estate. To avoid that private land the only possible diversion would take us well beyond the one kilometre limit, and all on roads, and including a long section of the busy A683 - all more or less unacceptable, and certainly a route we would have no enthusiasm for.
We had debated various possibilities for traversing the estate but without reaching a definite plan - less said about that the better.
On this day we met at the lay-by opposite the southern entrance to the Quernmore private estate road where today's walk would finish. Whilst we were weighing this up and reading the notice a car pulled up and conversation revealed the driver to be the daughter of one of the house owners in the estate and we were given the name and phone number to contact to ask permission to walk through. Today I followed that up and permission has been granted. It is remarkable that our straight line has enabled us to plot a route largely on footpaths and with bridges over the major rivers: Wyre, Lune and Ribble, and still remaining within one kilometre of our line. I have tried this with other straight line possibilities and it is rare to be able to stick so close to the line - my unfinished Berwick-upon-Tweed to Castle Carey is a good example (I hope to continue with that, provisionally after Easter next year.)
For this walk please read the captions under the photos.
|Heavy rain during the night had caused swollen fast flowing streams.|
For us the rain held off for the day
|We thought this may be medieval. At the farm half a mile further on we found|
the farmer and his wife had been on a stone carving course and created a number of
similar stones which are dotted around the area
|Just before the farm we spotted these. I forgot to ask the farmer a few minutes|
later if they were also carved by them but guess this may be the case
|BC taking photos from a high point. |
There were many awkward stiles on this walk
|Jubilee Tower on road to east of our route.|
See photo below of an earlier visit on an even more dismal day
|If you want another story cut and paste the link.|
|We did manage to find a viable route through this wood|
|Much of the scenery was reminiscent of the Yorkshire Dales|
|The faint reddish line is our straight line|