Grange over Sands – Hampsfell Hospice

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Hurrah! The rain stopped for a whole day, and the sun popped out once in a while, so it was a perfect(ish) opportunity to walk out of Grange over Sands up to Hampsfell Hospice.

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Hampsfell – windswept tree looking over Morecambe Bay

The Hospice, a shelter for travellers, was built by the Vicar of nearby Cartmell.  It looks weird and out of place as it looms into sight on the gentle uphill hike across the fell.  Views from the top across Morecambe Bay, the majestic Lakeland Peaks, and Three Peaks range in Yorkshire are stunning.  And good old Blackpool Tower was visible in the distance!

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The Hospice of Hampsfell

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Scary steps up the Hospice

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View from top of Hampsfell Hospice

The circular walk returned through woodland full of bird song – long tailed tits, nuthatches, great tits, blue tits, chaffinches and the usual suspects.  A clutch of treecreepers had flown the nest.  Anxious parents were exhausted trying to keep them in check.

A fabulous walk.  Another one to revisit on a hot summer’s day!

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