James Archer, N.T Area ranger for Windermere and Troutbeck, was keen to improve access to Moor How.
The footpath goes through Parkcliffe Camping and Caravan Estate land with access on to National Trust land leading up to Moor How.
Access to Moor How (meaning moorland hill) is over the boundary wall via a stone step stile...quite difficult to negotiate and deters some people, especially for those with dogs.
James proposed taking a section of wall down to allow a self closing "wicket gate" to be installed.
When consulted, The Lake District National Park Authority were in favour as were the proprietors of Park Cliffe, Mr. and Mrs. Dickson.
Thanks are owed to Mr. and Mrs. Dickson for their generous donation towards the cost of the work involved. Topsoil and gravel was also made available from Park Cliffe.
As well as improving access for walkers, removing the step stile will potentially make the boundary wall more stock proof. Sheep in some areas have learnt how to negotiate stone step stiles as shown in this recent image!
The wall in the process of being taken down.
Monday, April 13th.
Because the boundary wall was built over bedrock, the gate pins were concreted directly into the wall...digging a hole for a conventional gate post was not feasible. The closing or clacking post was anchored on the opposite side using threaded bars encased in concrete.
The wall is nearly rebuilt with the top gate pin clearly visible. The top and bottom gate pins are offset. This will make the gate swing shut when released from the opened position.
Landscaping work below the relocated path.
From the Moor How summit, a view over Park Cliffe to the west....
.....and a hazy view of the Howgill Fells to the east.
Stands of gorse are a feature of Moor How. In flower, mid April.
A geological fold in the rock formation, near the summit.