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Hampsfell Hospice, Cartmel Priory, Allithwaite, Cumbria.
[11.4 km]  Thu 23 Nov 2017

OS Grid ref: SD 39281 77772
Lat/Long: 54.192104, -02.932079


I made several weather forecast checks and also highways England for road access before setting off. The M6 southbound south of J36 had flooding problems but I was heading north and had no problems. Along the A590 I heard on the radio of a road closure near Lindale and as I reached the roundabout the Police arrived and closed the length towards Newby Bridge due to an accident. I wasnít going that way and reached Grange-over-Sands OK then up to High Fell Gate where I parked by the road.

The morning view across Morecambe Bay
My walk was to Hampsfell so I set off along the road via Spring Bank where it becomes a rough track. After High Farm I was heading through the trees then up over Tithe Allotment to the fell top. I wanted to investigate Hampsfell Hospice as Iíve never visited it before.
Hampsfell Hospice
The Hospice was built in 1846 by the Reverend Thomas Remington Vicar of Cartmel from 1835-1854.
Hospice interior

Above the entrance are these two words in Greek.
RODODAKTYLOS EOS
which translates to: Rosy-fingered Dawn.
Above the entrance are these two words in Greek.
RODODAKTYLOS EOS
which translates to: Rosy-fingered Dawn.
A quotation often used by Homer in his poems.
The weather was cold and very windy and as I approached the Hospice building it was difficult going in the wind.

View sighting disc
Up the side of the structure are narrow stone steps taking me to the roof and observation platform. It was difficult standing up so didnít stop long. Back on the ground I went inside for some shelter while I had my sandwiches.
There was plenty to read as there with each of the 4 walls having a plaque on it.

Key to the disc showing the fells
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This hospice is an open door, alike to welcome rich and poor; a roomy seat for young and old, where they may screen them from the cold.
Three windows that command a view, to north, to west and southward too; a flight of steps requireth care, the roof will show a prospect rare.
Mountains and vale you there survey, the winding streams and noble bay; the sun at noon the shallow hides, along the east and western sides.
A lengthened chain holds guard around, to keep the cattle from the ground; kind reader freely take your pleasure, but do no mischief to my treasure.
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I continued towards the west to descend to Cartmel. Once off the summit limestone the grass was very wet and muddy. I made a detour to investigate the Longlands Tower which stands on its own on the fellside. I believe it is a similar age to the 1846 Hospice on the summit.
Hampsfell Tower or Longlands Tower
A muddy trudge took me back to the path and down to the road at Borwickís Aynsome. I had to abandon my plan to walk across to the racecourse and the path was underwater. I followed the road into Cartmel and visited the 12th century Priory. Iíd brought my tripod and wide angle camera so enjoyed taking some interior photos. I continued along the road to Allithwaite then the narrow lane back up to High Fell Gate.
Cartmel Priory

Cartmel Priory interior

Cartmel Priory interior

Cartmel Priory interior

Cartmel Priory interior