Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Stylish New Gates?....Improving the access to Windermere's scenic North East shore at Jenkyn's Field.

Jenkyn's  (also known as Jenkins) Field is  situated on  the North East shore of Windermere and is only a few minutes walk from the busy tourist area of Waterhead.

Snow covered Langdale Pikes in March ......viewed from the Northern end of Jenkyn's Field.
Canoeists heading out from Jenkyn's Field.
Jenkyn's Field has gently sloping beaches,  and is well  worth a visit for the wonderful views across the lake.

Archie and Missie, with their well trained owner!
It is also an ideal place for a gentle walk, or a picnic and in warmer weather it is a popular base for swimmers.

Great North Swim. 2011. Viewed from Jenkyn's Field.
Many people watch the huge annual summer event - The Great North Swim - from here.

C'mon and Swim to The Beat.
50 THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU'RE 11 3/4. Plenty of scope at Jenkyn's Field including
(5)  Skim a stone, (12)  Make a trail with sticks or, as illustrated,  (14)  Dam a stream.

The step stiles at either end of the field were replaced with gates in March 2014, making access to the permissive footpath much easier now.

The work was undertaken by rangers based at St Catherine's with funding from Golakes.

The wooden step stile at the Southern end of Jenkyn's Field before removal.
James, Area Ranger, getting serious with a "wrecking bar!".
The stile has been removed and the ground is being prepared to allow
 the impressive old limestone gate stoops to be brought back into use again.
What a difference! The new gate and steps. Much more inviting. So much easier to use.
Approaching the gate into Jenkyns Field. Acres of space.
 Quite a contrast with the busy A591 to the right.
As one walker put it. "This is such an easy place to get to...to get away from it all!"
For the more adventurous, there is a route around the rocky outcrop at Jenkyn's Field. 
First to go through the new gateway. Good to see the old gate stoops in use again
The stone step stile at the northern end. Narrow, awkward and not a very inviting access.

Work in progress.
The stone step stile removed........

...and replaced by a 4 foot gate and a stone step. Big improvement.

Where to go to next? Stagshaw Gardens and "The Tall Tree Trail" overlook Jenkyn's Field and are within easy reach. Champion trees include the tallest Grand Fir in England; it is also the tallest tree in Cumbria. See post: "Champion Trees of  Ambleside." The trail starts near the Stagshaw Garden's car park.


View of Jenkyn's Field, and the Champion Trees from the lake, and a hint of how Stagshaw Garden looks in April. (See images below)

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