Saturday, 5 November 2011


Carnforth → Hest Bank

red-bank-sheep.png Distance: 4.06 miles
Ascent: 6 metres
Duration: 1 hour 35 minutes

Tupping season
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We've walked one mile for every hour we spent driving today. We're heading to Cumbria to fill in another gap on the coastwalk, and loathe to "waste" a day of the holiday, I suggested we slot in a short walk on the way north, at the southernmost end of the gap.

carnforth-marsh.pngMost of the walk was along the fringe of a salt marsh which the recent heavy rain in the area had saturated. So the order of the day was careful hopping from tuft to tuft of grass while attempting to avoid stepping in the deep dykes.

Tired of the marsh, at Red Bank Farm we instead followed a path over the low cliffs. These were densely populated with sheep, and two rams eyed us up slightly aggressively as we passed amongst their ewes. The coloured wax on the ewes backs (transferred from a ram's belly during tupping) contrasted beautifully with the lush green grass and sandy red soil.

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