Abbeystead 14-06-2017 – Leader Derek

Abbeystead 14-06-2017 – Leader Derek

On a day with a guaranteed good forecast, the only grouse was the bird, as we wandered high over the moors, making good use of a shooter road for a lot of the walk.  16 were present today, and Derek led us gently northward and upward for a mile to Higher Lee Farm, where the serious work of the day began, us we climbed up Lee Fell to the shooting hut at Grizedale Head at 1200 feet – around 650 feet higher than Higher Lee. Fortunately, we stopped here for our coffee break, before climbing northward again, then turning east onto access land to get to the trig point at Ward’s Stone, with the Yorkshire peaks showing hazily in the distance, with Morecambe Bay also visible behind us.  Very soon after this we were at another trig point near the intriguingly named Grey Mare & Foal rocks.  At 561 m (1820 ft), this was the highest point of the walk; a good job that it was fine weather.  Lunch was taken here in the lee of the rocks, as the wind was quite cooling. though that didn’t bother a skylark overhead. nor a load of gulls further on.

As Derek said, it was all downhill from here, and the profile shows that he was correct.  Heading eastward past Grey Crag, and then south to Brown Syke, the conditions underfoot were a little bit boggy at times, as we navigated up and down some peaty undulations.  Then we headed south west on a shooter track again, before coming off to make a tricky crossing of Tarnbrook Wyre, which would have been even more tricky had we had any rain recently!  Soon after the crossing, Rob spotted a yellow sign inside another shooting hut, asking people to look out for and report different coloured rings on the left leg of lesser black-backed and herring gulls!  This is to study inter-colony movement.

At this point, the views opened up beautifully ahead of us down the steep-sided valley of Gables Clough, as we crossed Tarnbrook Fell.  This took us down to the aptly-named Moss End, where we left the access land to join the Wyre Way, encountering several very nicely carved stone markers on the route.  We followed the Wyre Way across fields to emerge on a drive leading to Abbeystead House, a late 19th century Grade II listed building, almost hidden in the trees.  Then we were soon back at the cars to end a splendid day out, thanks to Derek.  Although there were no local cafés, our car load headed for the rather nice Fleece Inn at  Dolphinhome, where we sat outside with our refreshments – highly recommended.

(Write up Arnold, cracking pics by Rob.  Appended here are the route stats and profile.)

Slideshow below, but if you wish to see a static view of the pics all in one go, then click here.


  1. Thanks again Arnold for doing the report. Thanks also to Rob for the photographs.

  2. Another group gathered for ice cream at Forton Service Station on the M6 – Lovely views after a great walk.

  3. Looks like a lovely walk. Great pictures, Rob!

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