Gordon G Hall
Writer and Neo-Philhellene

The Silverdale Wanders

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

Walk Four

Map From Silverdale Green to Jenny Browns Point

This is a medium-hard walk, it is medium length and not very hard except forthe section near the Beacon which is a maze of huge limestone chunks that you have to find your way over.

Bay Well off I go again! I am enjoying these walks - all from my front door.

Walk down the road towards Carnforth, On your right you will find a National Trust sign saying ‘Clarks Lot’. Take the gate into the field.

You have to strike off to the right a bit as I dont think there is a way out of this field any further to the East, which is a pity.

This will bring you to Hollins Lane. Turn Left and take the road until you come to a bridleway on your right signed ‘Brown’s Point’. I am not quite sure what happened to the Jenny bit, perhaps they could not fit it on the signpost?

Footpath I love these open woods, not only are they very pleasing to the eye but there is so much history in them.

Many were coppiced for charcoal burning, that is they were cut off just above ground level on something like a 20-year rotational basis.

The wood was then burned very slowly, almost without oxygen, in large mounds that were capped with turf. It would take 10 days or more for them to become charcoal.

Charcoal burns hotter than coal and was iportant in the local iron-smelting industy.

Woodland Path The woodland path runs down to the old shoreline and you keep to your right along the edge of the marshes.

The going becomes a bit tricky with channels cut through the pathway by water.

Ahead you will see a round stone tower. It looks like a beacon - a navigational aid, but I am told it is not.

Apparently this tower is the remnants of an old copper smelting furnace, and certainly there are no steps in its holllow interior, so I suppose it was indeed a chimney. There are no obvious signs of any other buildings in the immediate vicinity, but apparently there are some foundations.

A little further on, nearly opposite the cottages, there are the remains of a small harbour, now ruined. It is probably the last of many such landing places.

In 1894 The Matchless, a ship carrying tourists, sank just off this area and 24 of the 33 people on board perished.

Lime Kiln Make your way onto the road, and follow it until you come to a gateway on your left. You are now on Jenny Brown's point. Apparently there were two Jenny Browns, mother and daughter, so perhaps I put the apstrophe in the wrong place!

On your right you will see an old Lime kiln where lime was burned for 'sweetening' the fields.

Lime would be shovelled in from above onto a lit furnace and, eventually dug out from the firing hole (which you are looking at).

Hazelwood hall Just beyond the kiln in the wall bordering the road is a typical 'hog-hole'. This is designed to allow sheep from one field to another. A hog incidently is not a pig, it is a sheep, olderthan a lamb but not adult..

Stone walls are amazing, there is so much history in them. It is just a matter of getting your eye in so that you can read it.

Difficult Style . . . and so home through the flowering gorse

Rejoin the road. It will take you past Lindeth Tower at Gibralter Farm, built in the early part of C19th and where the novelist Elizabeth Gaskell wrote many of her books.

From here you can carry on home via Hollens lane, after perhaps further acquaintence with the Wolf House Tearoom.

And that concludes WALK FOUR

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