Day 084 : Milnthorpe – Cark

Today is market day in Milnthorpe where I start today’s walk. I take a walk around the stalls and say a cheery good morning to a few people.

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In the square I meet Sue who runs a butty van which is very popular. Sue started her business up 25 years ago under the Prince of Wales scheme. She was one of the first recipients of a grant from the Prince of Wales Trust. I can highly recommend her bacon baps.

I walk out of town and follow the main road northwards. This used to be the main trunk road up the north-west side of England.

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Levens Hall is privately owned, but open to the public at certain times of the year. It has a deer park and a famous topiary garden. From here I turn westwards across the River Kent and follow a busy dual carriageway that takes people to the southern lakes. There are same places along the way where I can take the old road which is a lot quieter and mostly cyclists.

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At Longhowe End I find a lovely community shop which sells locally sourced groceries where they can and homemade cakes. The shop is run by volunteers, the lady made me a coffee and I had some delicious data and oats cake.

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I take the minor road towards the estuary, but have to turn back near Meathop as a track I planned to take which showed on the map was not there. In the end I follow the cycle route into Grange-over-Sands.

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I was expecting a big sandy beach at Grange-over-Sands but all I got was grass and marsh. I walk along the promenade and paths alongside the railway line to Kent Bank and then the road to Cark where I finish today.