Simon Graham – Winster, 25th June 2022
After calling at Truckhaven for refreshments and toilets we arrived in Winster. A short walk down the country lane brought us to the small church of Holy Trinity where they were having a book/cake/plant sale. We had a look inside the church and then visited the adjoining hall to make our purchases, some members sensibly opting to collect their cakes after the walk.
Further on down the lane we turned into the driveway to Winster Hall, admiring the wonderful wrought ironwork of the fences and gates before passing the lake with its large population of ducks, geese and swans. A short climb took us up to the hall where we could turn round and admire the view. Then a steeper climb took us up to the moorland where we had to walk single file along a narrow path. We turned off this path briefly to admire the view, before pressing on towards our planned lunch spot of Richard’s Seat with it’s wonderful view of Windermere.
After making our way across the boggy ground on newly replaced duckboards, we came out into the open ready to head towards Richard’s Seat and that’s when the rain started. We soon had to take shelter under some trees for a while until the rain eased off and we could head towards our lunch spot. During lunch the rain stopped, the sun came out and we could finally appreciate the fantastic view of Windermere.
After lunch we set off back to Winster with another, easier climb ahead of us, and then an opportunity for people to take a short diversion to another good viewpoint with 360 degree views. We then headed back down to Winster Hall and used a different path to take us back to the Brown Horse Inn for drinks and toilets (and collecting purchased cakes) before being picked up by the coach for the journey home.
A lovely walk of 5 miles and 760 ft of ascent, (and some skilful driving with a large coach on narrow twisty lanes), with good company, great views, and the usual selection of British weather. Thanks Chris.