Thursday 25 October 2012

Casterton Fell

Only a half days walk with my old friend Bill. Having parked in Barbon village we walked through the grounds of Barbon Manor, the drive of which is used as a hillclimb course twice a year. Once for motorcycles and once for cars, all was quiet today, just the breeze rustling in the trees. The woods where a riot of colour, the leaves as good as I've ever seen them. The bridleway emerges from the woodland and shortly after crosses the beck, we climbed the boggy bridleway up to Bullpot Farm, this has been a Red Rose Caving Club hut for many years, passing through the farmyard we had a look at Bullpot of the Witches, a bottomless pothole, (not really I could see the bottom). From Bullpot farm the minor road was the way onwards, until we headed off up onto Casterton Fell on the bridleway. The top is a broad ridge with great views of the Lune valley and Morecambe Bay beyond. We followed thin paths back across the fell, eventually dropping steeply down to the Barbondale road and followed this down into Barbon and the car. The weather wasn't as good as the forecast with several drizzly showers, the temperature dropping as the day went on.

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