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Warton Crags walk

Lancashire Telegraph: ROUTE: Warton Crags walk ROUTE: Warton Crags walk

Set below a large limestone bluff there are few village in the county with such a fascinating history as Warton.

The undulating stroll up and over this rocky spur reveals the remnants of an iron age fort.

There is limestone here which was once quarried and the cliff faces of the old workings are popular with rock climbers and botanists.

Warton itself not only has an impressive English history but also has American connections in the shape of the Washington family and hence the name of the pub.

1. From the car park an obvious but very narrow and rocky track leads into the quarry faces and rock climbing area.

2.The path climbs steadily and below is a restored limekiln. Pass through a gate and the still narrow path leads to the rocking stones from which there are panoramic views over Carnforth Marsh.

This leads on to Pinnacle Crag which presents a challenge for rock climbers.

The rocking stones are limestone blocks eroded by centuries of wind and rain.

Limestone is composed of the shells of sea creatures which lived in the warm shallow sea which once covered this area.

3. The wooded path eventually reaches the beacon. This was created, or should I say re-created, as it celebrated the bonfire lit in 1588 to warn people of the possible coming of the Spanish Armada intended to rid England of the Protestant Elizabeth 1.

The track leads to the flat summit of Warton Crag which is 490 feet above sea level.

This looks to be a defensive position as indeed it was during the iron age, when a large fort was sited here. Look out for a sign to Crag Foot and follow a path through trees and then bear right along the old coach road at Warton.

4. At the back of Warton Crag is reached the Occupation Road. This name is somewhat confusing and I must prefer to call it the old Drover’s Road.

In the days before refrigeration live cattle were driven to often distant markets and the drovers have fixed routes.

They were accompanied by a breed of dog know as talbots and they kept predators away from the animals and robbers way from the men.

Turn right and look out for the Three Brothers on the left.

5. The Three Brothers is circular diversion along a permissive footpath. These are three stones known as erratics. They are of a type not known locally and were brought from the Lake District by melting glaciers following the meltings of the last ice age.

Return to the Drovers Road and look out for a sign to the right.

6. Pass Pott's Wood and an obvious track leads back to the starting point.

How to get there:

How to get there: From East Lancashire follow the M6 to junction 35 then follow the A6 to the traffic lights in the centre of Carnforth. Turn right and follow the road to reach Warton on the right. Look for the George Washington pub to see a free car park on the left. This is the starting point for this stroll. Length of walk: Two miles

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