Another cold and bright day, just over a week ago now. (I’m getting quite behind, which is good: it’s because we’re getting out together a lot.) We decided to head for Warton Crag. The boys and I had been here just a week before, but fortunately the hill is criss-crossed by paths and it was very easy to ring the changes. We followed a path out of the north side of the large quarry car park and then turned up the hill. I was struck by the profusion and variety of the lichen adorning the scrub here…
Very quickly, views opened up to the North….
Coniston Fells from Warton Crag.
A little further up the slope we met a family indulging in the traditional Easter pastime of egg-rolling. It’s not something I’ve ever tried, but maybe next year…?
There’s been a great deal of moaning, and I’m as guilty as the next man, about our apparent perpetual winter, but I have to say that the snow on the surrounding hills really enhances the view. As well as the Lakeland Fells to the North, we had grandstand views of the Forest of Bowland to the South and in the East the distant sentinel of Ingleborough.
…which is distinctive from just about any direction….
As I say, there are numerous routes to the top of the crag, and all of them have some points of interest along the way, like a limestone crag to scale for instance….
Fortunately, there’s an easy way up just a few yards along the crag from here.
Like all the local hills, Warton Crag is of very modest elevation and we were soon at the top.
Where alongside the trig pillar stands a replica beacon erected, I believe, in 1988 to commemorate the defeat (by the weather) of the Spanish Armada in 1588.
From the top we dived into the woods…
Heading for The Three Brothers….
…which were a big hit with the kids who saw them as an excellent opportunity to do a little bouldering.
The Three Brothers are a little off the beaten track and take a bit of seeking out. You’ll rarely encounter other walkers in this area. We did meet two groups of roe deer however, first a group of three and then, shortly after, another pair.
From that point on we were winding our way through the woods back towards the car. Passing a few more interesting features along the way….
…including a substantial area of gooseberry bushes which I have mentally noted as a destination for a foraging trip in the summer.