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Merlewood

Cumbria, England

Cartmel and Hampsfield Fell walking and hiking route

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Walk Instructions

Set off up the steps behind the Little Hazlemere Shop then continue up the gravel path into the woods. You reach a short post with sign to Hampsfell and The Hospice. Take this path to join a public footpath to a large gate. Through this bear right, with a wall on the right, to a gate/squeezer stile. At a waymarked junction keep left to another gate. Cross a field to a waymark and a gate and walled lane towards Hampsfield Farm.

1) Turn left along a surfaced road, with a 'restricted byway' signpost. As the road bends to the right, turn left at a 'public footpath' sign to walk through High Hampsfield Farm, turning right at a waymarked gate. Continue along a fine level path with a wall on the right. Descend over grass, passing an old lime kiln, to a waymarked stile over a wall. Cross this down to another stile; the path continues along the bottom edge of a wood to a tied-up gate. Head across the next field towards an overgrown pond. Go through the gate at the bottom, bearing left, past the pond to Hampsfield Hall Farm. Go through the farm before turning right along the farm access track to walk to the public road.

2) Turn left, pass the entrance gates to Broughton Lodge then turn right immediately through an awkward stile with a 'public footpath' sign. The path goes along the edge of a field. Cross a minor road, with stiles on each side, to continue along the edge of another meadow and reach a stream with two little bridges. Cross; there are more stiles then a narrow cultivated meadow before entering woodland. Bear right, then left to find a waymark and stile at the far edge of the wood. Go over; turn left to join a minor public road in a short distance. Turn left along the road, soon passing Aynsome Manor. Go ahead at a road junction.

3) In a further 90m turn right at a 'public bridleway' sign, keeping the field boundary on the left. The Priory Church is in view to the left. Go through a gate at the top. There is now a wall on the right as the path descends to a stream, crossed by a footbridge. Rise across the meadow opposite to a gate giving access to a minor road. Turn left towards Cartmel, along the side of the racecourse.

4) Reach the village square by the side of the 'Sticky Toffee' shop. After exploration of Cartmel, go under the arch at the gatehouse, following the road past the Cavendish Arms and behind the Priory. At the main road turn left, then right up a few steps, at a 'public footpath, Cistercian Way' signpost. The well used path is obvious ahead. At Pit Farm bear left then right, going through a gate to the opposite field corner, to continue the ascent of Hampsfield Fell. The way steepens. At a gate with footpath sign stay on the near side of the wall, heading for a waymarked kissing gate. Ignore minor tracks to left and right. The views over Morecambe Bay are superb.

5) At a major crossing of tracks close to the top of the ridge, turn left; there are waymarks on a post. Continue to rise towards the focal point of the fell - the 'Hospice'.

6) After admiring the stupendous views in all directions, leave the Hospice on the doorway side to the east. Bear right round a wall corner then go left over a stone wall stile at the way-marked post and follow the path down to the wall boundary of Eggerslack Wood.

7) Turn left along to wall as far as the gate where you previously exited the wood. Retrace your way to Merlewood, bearing left off the main footpath down to the steps above the shop.

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Disclaimer: This route was correct at time of writing. However, alterations can happen if development or boundary changes occur, and there is no guarantee of permanent access. These walks have been published for use by site visitors on the understanding that neither HPB Management Limited nor any other person connected with Holiday Property Bond is responsible for the safety or wellbeing of those following the routes as described. It is walkers' own responsibility to be adequately prepared and equipped for the ‎level of walk and the weather conditions and to assess the safety and accessibility of the walk.

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