Gordon G Hall
Writer and Neo-Philhellene

The Silverdale Wanders

All walks start and finish at Silverdale Green by the parish notice board.

Walk Twelve

Map To Haweswater

A long walk to a Nature Reserve

Field barn We start off along Bottoms lane again. This is going to be a decent walk

This is of a traditional Field Barn that we pass on our way

Such barns are common in the Norh of England, most particularly in the Yorkshire dales. They are used both for stock and fodder

Reeds We follow the route that we went on to get to that Bermuda Triangle of a golf course, but after crossing the railway for the first time we carry straight on.

Eventually this brings us to Haweswater, an important Nature Reserve, especially for birdie folk

The reeds used to be used for thatching, I don't think that happens here any more - over in Norfolk they still cut reeds for use on house roofs

Logging A bit further on around the tarn there were some forestry operations going on.

I approve of this, felling and replanting, or regeneration is all part of the cycle of country life

Charcoal Hut Continue to follow the tarn around. You should find yourself on a fairly substantial track.

I puzzled about this building for a long time. It has one main floor and an undercroft.

I walked around the area wondering what on earth it was used for, then it struck me! It was a permanent shelter for the charcoal burners.

On an earlier walk we passed through a coppice woodland, well that is where the charcoal burners worked, although normally they made temporary shelters out of poles and turf. Here they built themselves something rather more sustantial.

COVE SPRING And this is the result of coppicing. A store of timber being dried out

The charcoal burners would stack their wood prior to use - it dried it out and helped the burning process.

If you really don't know what i am talking about find a child or a dog or something and read them 'Swallowdale' by Arthur Ransome, my favourite childrens' author, for a great description of charcoal burning.

COVE CAVE FAR On my (long!) way home I found a little cluster of Periwinkle.

There is so much pleasure to be had in recognising the little things in nature

Join the road and soon after passing a farmstead take a footpath to your right. This takes you ove the railway line and through a small group of houses. The path wil lead you to the bottom of Eaves Wood, and so to home.

And that concludes WALK TWELVE

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