Sunday, 19 April 2015

Access Improvements to Moor How.

Moor How (height: 229m/751 ft.) overlooking Park Cliffe on the South East side of Windermere. (The name Moor How is probably derived from moorland hill)

The footpath to Moor How crosses land owned by Park Cliffe Camping and Caravan Estate; access on to National Trust land and Moor How was once over a stone step stile.

The stone step stile set into the boundary wall....difficult to negotiate and deterred some people from using it, especially those with dogs. 

James Archer, NT Area ranger for Windermere and Troutbeck, was keen to improve this access; he proposed taking this section of wall down to allow a self closing "wicket gate" to be installed in the gap.

When consulted, The Lake District National Park Authority were in favour of this proposal, as were the proprietors of Park Cliffe, Mr. and Mrs. Dickson.

Thanks are owed to Mr. and Mrs. Dickson for their generous donation towards the cost of the work involved. Topsoil and gravel was also made available from Park Cliffe.

As well as improving access for walkers, the removal of the step stile will potentially make the boundary wall more stock proof. Sheep in some areas have learnt how to negotiate stone step stiles as shown in this recent image at a farm near Windermere!

The wall in the process of being taken down.
Monday, April 13th.

Because the boundary wall was built over bedrock, the gate pins were concreted directly into the wall...digging a hole for a conventional gate post was not feasible.  The closing or clacking post was anchored on the opposite side using threaded bars encased in concrete.

The wall is nearly rebuilt with the top  gate pin, set into the new wall end,  clearly visible. The top and bottom gate pins are offset. This will make the gate swing shut when released from the opened position.

Landscaping work below the relocated path.

Our first customers! (After completion of work.)

From the Moor How summit, a view over Park Cliffe and Windermere to the west....

.....and a hazy view of the Howgill Fells to the east.

Stands of gorse are a feature of Moor How. In flower, mid April.

A geological fold in the rock formation, near the summit.

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