Sunday, 30 October 2016

Grange over Sands day 2

Grange over Sands day 2
Hello my little bloggerettes. Glad you like the pictures yesterday of day 1, here are some more. I decided to follow the Cumbrian Coastal Way path in the other direction and head south. The path is well marked on the map, so turn left out of the hotel along the road, onto a minor road and left down a track. So far so good, until I came to a shed with a sign on it with an arrow to follow the path to the right into a field. I had a look and found several cows in the corner of the field just the other side of the stile, knee deep almost in mud. I didn't fancy that much, the cows were not the problem but I didn't want to sink into ankle deep stinky slurry. I backtracked a bit and found an alternative route that joined up with the Coastal Way further along. It went over a railway line and along two straight stretches of road skirting round an old airfield. 
I eventually arrived at the entrance to the Lakeland Leisure Park, at this point the path takes a sharp right turn and goes across an embankment next to the marshes.  
I marched on into a headwind, with the marshes on my left and the sand and water a long way into the distance. Boy was it windy, I began to think I was a bit crazy. After the straight bit it goes around some bends. After Cowpren Point there are some farm buildings on the right with a wide gate giving access to the shore. I don't know if the farmer is allowed to dump piles of rubble and wood here, it was a bit unsightly. Pity I wasn't in my car, there were some nice pieces of timber and slate to scavenge. Not a place I could drive to without trespassing on private land.

Hey, look what I found. Anyone from Llandudno want a piece of the pier sign? Well here it is, I left it there. It's amazing how far rubbish can travel in the sea. As the crow flies it's 65 miles from Lanndudno to here.

These trailers look like they have some kind of fishing equipment on them, nets, floats, and rope. Maybe it's what the cockle pickers use. No doubt someone will be able to tell me.

The wind was getting a bit too much at this point, and I was fed up of scrambling over large stones, so I turned inland at Sand Gate and arrived at Flookburgh. Lovely name that. 
After a sit down on the bench in the centre of the car park, I followed the road to Cark. A bit further up the road I entered the gates of Holker Hall. Nope, I am not paying to go into the gardens and hall, I will see if I can get some free pics.

Free to go into the cafe and shop. Nobody sitting in the courtyard.

Don't need any food, just had a bite to eat from my rucksack, and had a big breakfast, that's enough to keep me going.

There were a few paying visitors about. Need a ticket to go through the gate on the left of the box.

I skirted around the outside of the fence, looking for some nice views.

Found another gate, no one about so I nipped in rather sharpishly.

Thought I had better not stay too long, get some snaps and skidaddle.




Off I went, picked up the Cistercian Way which joined up with the Cumbrian Coastal Path, through some woods, and along the road to Cartmel. Once again I passed the Racecourse.

And took this snap of a very nice shop. I couldn't get it before because of the big four wheel drive vehicles parked in front of it. One thing I have noticed in this neck of the woods is the large numbers of 65 and 66 plate, and personal number plate, expensive cars around here. Hardly any old bangers. Must be quite a wealthy area.

From Cartmel I took the road past Hesketh Wood, High Fell Gate, and Middle Fell Gate, towards Kent Bank. As soon as I got onto Allithwaite Road I saw this magnificent building. Isn't it just amazing. It is Cartmel Grange, a private residential nursing home built in 1914, as a convalescent home for miners. Read all about it here.   I would love to look around inside, and as it is a listed building I think a lot of the original features are still there. 



From there it was a 20 minute walk back to the hotel. Once again, a lovely meal was served. The food was perfectly cooked, could not fault it at all. After dinner I sat in the lounge busy on the computer, and entertainment was organised for anyone who wanted to join in.

14 miles walked today, the boots are great, only one tiny blister which I ignored. Come back tomorrow for day 3. Thanks for popping in, we'll catch up soon.
Toodle pip.

24 comments:

  1. Hi,love reading your blog.i walk quite a bit but after looking at you walking challenge,I wondered how you measured your walks.What do you think is a good pedometer,not too expensive. Thanks for popping onto our screens. Susan( yellow label addict)

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    1. Hello Susan. I don't use a pedometer, they are not very accurate, I don't use any gadgets. I go onto a web site to measure distances. I planned my three mile walk around the village on there, and when I come back after a days walking I measure the distance on the web site.
      www.bikehike.co.uk
      Put in your starting point, click through the route you have walked, and it adds it up. I use a highlighter pen on my maps while I am out walking, so I don't forget where I have been.

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  2. Lovely buildings once again. I am glad your boots are comfortable, apart from the small blister. I always find it takes a bit of breaking in new boots and it's great when they turn out to be comfy.

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  3. Thanks for sharing your trips. Natalie

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  4. Curious about your observation "the large numbers of 65 and 66 plate, and personal number plate, expensive cars around here." Are there different UK license plates that actually indicate wealth? Here in the US the plates just relate to the use - Passenger Vehicle, Commercial Vehicle, etc. as far as I know. And in at east some States there are "vanity plates" that people pay extra for to get a particular combination of letters or numbers, but if I remember correctly, even those plates aren't terribly expensive. Always interesting to learn something new about everyday life in another country!

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    1. Hi. 65 and 66 indicate the newness of the car. They change every six months, we are on 66 at the moment so they are only a few months old. A lot of the cars I saw with these plates were top of the range, BMW, Range Rover, Volvo, Mercedes. People who drive those must be quite wealthy. Personal plates, or vanity plates, can be very expensive, some worth even more than the car.

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    2. Ah, at least that is ONE show-off thingummy that we don't have in France !

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  5. Loving your pictures and travel log. We have a Holkham Hall in Nofolk, used to be free to park and walk around the grounds, not nowadays, but I guess they all need ££££'s for their upkeep. I think you can still walk/bike through the estate for free, I don't mind paying at all just so it's not a rip off. Looking forward to part 3. Rae x

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  6. Yours is one blog I make sure to check every day; always so interesting. Just a quick question, have you ever gotten yourself hopelessly lost by taking a wrong turn? Or, is your country side so closely inhabited that you soon come onto a village or other sign that is explanatory? Here in the US, and particularly South Dakota, you can go for many miles without knowing where you are.

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    1. Hello. I do get a bit lost sometimes, usually realize my mistake pretty soon when I can't find landmarks on the ground which are on the map. Only once I got hopelessly lost, in Sherwood Forest, and it was getting dark and I didn't have a torch. I thought the best plan would be to go in a straight line, bound to come out somewhere. I did, on a road. Took a chance and turned right along the road, good choice, I found the hostel.

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  7. The trailers are used for shrimping.

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  8. I haven't visited the area for a few years but your fabulous photos have made me determined to do so next year.

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  9. i love the way you are not put off by having to pay but you find another way. well done on the photos.

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  10. I'm enjoying your photographs. Good to read your boots are doing ok. X

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  11. What a bright building the Cartmel Grange is!

    In your mother's sternest voice, "Young Lady, ignoring blisters, no matter how small, is not a wise thing."

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  12. The Cartmel Grange building looks amazing.

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  13. I really look forward to reading your posts and the pictures are making me want to travel to the UK again. Looking forward to the next episode!

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  14. I am really enjoying your trip, thanks for all the great pictures.
    Pam in TX.xx

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  15. Love all the buildings. England's has wonderful places to visit. Thanjs fir sharing your walking tour. It is so thoughtful of you to share!

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  16. Danneke trying to catch up, Love the pictures etc about your travel Ilona. Pleased you like the hotel/guest house you are using. Hope you are getting some good veggie dinners. At Flookburgh every year there is a vintage lorry gathering, its huge and takes place all of the bank holiday weekend. I think it was that area that some foreign shrimpers got caught out by the tides , some drowned, there was a big who-har about it at the time, something to do with cheap labour I believe . Certainly some lovely old village property in that region. Danneke

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  17. Looks like a very interesting place to visit, on a different subject - I have just smashed through the 1000 miles per year, approximately 1018 miles as of today, but I shall continue to the end of December! best wishes - Jill

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  18. Thanks for the lovely photos♥

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  19. Hi Ilona, total for October mileage is 62 miles,making a total of 606 miles. Really don't think I'm going to make the 1000, but some is better than nothing! Really enjoying your write up of Grange over Sands.

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