Date: Saturday 25th May 2019
Weather: Fine Breezy later
Leader: Graham Thomas
Party Number: 4
A party of 4 met at The Gilpin Bridge Inn at 09.30 then drove in convoy to Haverthwaite.
We parked down old road by The Anglers Inn then continued along this road that had been cut off by the Bypass. A section of the old railway was visible at the end of this road were it had passed under the road.
A path on started here leading to the Hamlet of Haverthwaite. We followed a footpath sign to Friendly Cottage but had to be careful to chose the right path.
Continued along a walled track with a field on the left then through Great Close & Cat Crags Woods to a gate that led onto an open Marsh.
We walked across the Marsh to an outcrop where had had a rest. We had had a rest here when we had visited this area in 2013. Suddenly I saw a head pop up from behind the outcrop and when it flew could see that it was a Green Woodpecker.
After a rest here, we continued to the River Leven and followed to the left.
We followed the river and heard a Cuckoo that was in Cat Crags Wood but never saw it.
Eventually we came to a Bridge over River Leven. This used to take the Railway over the River. We sat down here for lunch.
Turning left and through a wood we soon came to The Cumbria Coastal Way and by turning left we followed a lane.
Could see the Raised Bog of Roudsea Wood over to the right. Was serenaded by a Tree Pipit which conveniently perched on a bit of a branch that was devoid of leaves.
Eventually a path left the lane and followed the river back to a bridge which we crossed. There was lots of Ivy Leaved Toadflax growing out of the cracks in the brickwork.
A path on the right followed the river to some cottages where we turned right to pass these splendid old buildings then back up the road to The Anglers Arms were we had a well deserved drink after a satisfying bird watch. Just a pity that we didn’t have more people as they missed a lovely day out.