9 go mad in the North – Hutton Roof and Warton Crag   5 comments

Both Hutton Roof and Warton Crag are places I’ve always wanted to visit but despite many trips to Silverdale, we never have. Hutton Roof and the nearby Farleton Fell are the prominant limestone eminences next to to the South Lakes junction on the M6. Mark has waxed lyrical in his blog several times so this year I made a strong push to pay it a visit. After all it’s only a 20 minute drive away from his place. Alas the weather did for us. We ate very fine a chilly lunch at Plain Quarry with a warming bowl of home-made lentil and tomato soup. Warming!! In late May!! The kids blew off some steam scrambling on the quarry walls and chucking a frisbee around.

lancashire, hutton roof, warton crag, three brothers, strickland wood, beacon brest, morecambe bay, plain quarry, dalton crags

lancashire, hutton roof, warton crag, three brothers, strickland wood, beacon brest, morecambe bay, plain quarry, dalton crags

We had grand plans for an explore of this rather lovely wooded limestone hill and I was looking forward to discovering the delights Mark has often told me about. However after ambling up to the summit trig pillar, the rain promised for later arrived early and quickly became a steady fall under glooomy skies. With a disappointed air we called it a day as the weather was only due to worsen. Here is Mark’s most recent visit on a sunny evening so you can see how grand it really is

lancashire, hutton roof, warton crag, three brothers, strickland wood, beacon brest, morecambe bay, plain quarry, dalton crags

The early start to the rain the previous day meant it had cleared earlier than expected the next morning. Finally a chance to climb Warton Crag. We parked up in another quarry, this one much larger and not for any brothers, dangerous or otherwise. Warton Crag delivered as promised, a wonderful collection of wooded glades and grassy pastures among the limestone.

lancashire, hutton roof, warton crag, three brothers, strickland wood, beacon brest, morecambe bay, plain quarry, dalton crags

lancashire, hutton roof, warton crag, three brothers, strickland wood, beacon brest, morecambe bay, plain quarry, dalton crags

lancashire, hutton roof, warton crag, three brothers, strickland wood, beacon brest, morecambe bay, plain quarry, dalton crags

Occasional clearings gave views across Morecambe Bay and the Lakes. Like all these little known hills we had the place pretty much to ourselves

lancashire, hutton roof, warton crag, three brothers, strickland wood, beacon brest, morecambe bay, plain quarry, dalton crags

lancashire, hutton roof, warton crag, three brothers, strickland wood, beacon brest, morecambe bay, plain quarry, dalton crags

lancashire, hutton roof, warton crag, three brothers, strickland wood, beacon brest, morecambe bay, plain quarry, dalton crags

After a bit of searching through some particularly splendid grassy glades we found The 3 Brothers, glacial erratics (possibly!) well hidden amongst the trees.

lancashire, hutton roof, warton crag, three brothers, strickland wood, beacon brest, morecambe bay, plain quarry, dalton crags

lancashire, hutton roof, warton crag, three brothers, strickland wood, beacon brest, morecambe bay, plain quarry, dalton crags

lancashire, hutton roof, warton crag, three brothers, strickland wood, beacon brest, morecambe bay, plain quarry, dalton crags

lancashire, hutton roof, warton crag, three brothers, strickland wood, beacon brest, morecambe bay, plain quarry, dalton crags

The kids had a fine time scrambling about and posing for photos as they jumped off.

lancashire, hutton roof, warton crag, three brothers, strickland wood, beacon brest, morecambe bay, plain quarry, dalton crags

lancashire, hutton roof, warton crag, three brothers, strickland wood, beacon brest, morecambe bay, plain quarry, dalton crags

lancashire, hutton roof, warton crag, three brothers, strickland wood, beacon brest, morecambe bay, plain quarry, dalton crags

lancashire, hutton roof, warton crag, three brothers, strickland wood, beacon brest, morecambe bay, plain quarry, dalton crags

lancashire, hutton roof, warton crag, three brothers, strickland wood, beacon brest, morecambe bay, plain quarry, dalton crags

From there it was up the summit and more fine views and glades of bluebells. Despite the dark and threatening skies we stayed dry which was a bonus.

lancashire, hutton roof, warton crag, three brothers, strickland wood, beacon brest, morecambe bay, plain quarry, dalton crags

lancashire, hutton roof, warton crag, three brothers, strickland wood, beacon brest, morecambe bay, plain quarry, dalton crags

I particularly enjoyed the walk down on a gently sloping limestone edge above the quarry. The northern TBF and the DBs gave me extra time to savour it by becoming lost and emerging unexpectedly from the woods after a short delay

lancashire, hutton roof, warton crag, three brothers, strickland wood, beacon brest, morecambe bay, plain quarry, dalton crags

lancashire, hutton roof, warton crag, three brothers, strickland wood, beacon brest, morecambe bay, plain quarry, dalton crags

lancashire, hutton roof, warton crag, three brothers, strickland wood, beacon brest, morecambe bay, plain quarry, dalton crags

A fine couple of short walks squeezed in between the wetter spells, more fuel to fire that this area is one of the finest for walks of a less demanding nature but packed with interesting stuff

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5 responses to “9 go mad in the North – Hutton Roof and Warton Crag

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  1. Glad you were able to make it to the summit and stay dry. We have had an unexceptionally wet Spring here in Colorado with much more rain than we normally get.

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    • This was back in late May and it was the cold that was the notable factor. Never got much above 12C in a month when it should be close to 20C. Still the week was pretty much dry which is the main thing

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  2. ‘Interesting and undemanding’ – I think I’d settle for that as an epitaph. Here we are still waiting for summer to arrive. Maybe in Wales?
    Watching the slideshow I was thinking – ‘This tune’s nice. Very like Camper Van Beethoven – I wonder who it is? Doh!

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  3. Pingback: Whitsun Treadings III: Hutton Roof | Beating The Bounds

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