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The cache is located at the highest point (156m) of Haverthwaite Heights, at a rocky outcrop, with picturesque views of the Cartmel peninsula and Leven estuary to the South.
The Lakeland villages of Backbarrow and nearby Haverthwaite sit serenely on the banks of the River Leven, which winds its way down the Leven Valley from Windermere to Morecambe Bay.
The busy main trunk road (A590) from the M6 motorway used to cut noisily through the village of Backbarrow. Since the bypass was built things are much quieter, but it wasn’t always so peaceful - even before the internal combustion engine.
Two hundred years ago the surrounding forests echoed with the sound of axes and men, and at night the hillsides glowed with charcoal burners (some still operate today)that supplied the local gunpowder works at Black Beck and Low Wood, just south of here over the River Leven.
In Backbarrow itself, mighty furnaces billowed and blazed to smelt Pig Iron, produced from the iron ore mined in the Furness peninsula. Many of the old works buildings, and even the base of a large brick chimney, remain to this day.
Backbarrow was also home to a busy cotton mill, which was later the ‘Dolly Blue’ works where Ultramarine washing powder was manufactured. Nowadays the building is the Whitewater Hotel.
There was also a thriving railway through Backbarrow. Steam trains carried passengers and freight from Lakeside to Ulverston. In the early days, Pig Iron from Backbarrow Ironworks was freighted to Greenodd Quay, where it was exported by sailing ship.
Despite its post-industrial popularity as a tourist attraction, especially during and after World War II, the line was closed in 1967 by British Rail. Today the railway is owned and operated by the Furness Railway Trust, but only a short 3.5 mile stretch remains between Lakeside and Haverthwaite.
The Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway is a very popular local attraction, especially for children. I well remember the unrestrained excitement and the almost endless laughter of the kids when my wife and I took our nephews and nieces up to Lakeside on the steam train (the first they’d ever seen) and then on to the Windermere cruiser up to Bowness. A steam train, a boat and a walk in the Lake District all in one splendid day! It certainly beats sitting at home playing computer games!
The cache site is located in the forest at an elevated viewpoint called Haverthwaite Heights.
There are several routes that will lead you to the cache site, all involving a moderate climb. Please note the distances stated are 'straight line' distances and do not account for total distance walked.
Route 1 (1.0km) Lane Ends [54º 15.047 N 003º 00.721][OSGB SD 34159 84372]
Start at the footpath sign at the junction of an unclassified road and a no-through road (which provides ample parking) which is about 200m Northeast of the junction of the A590 and the B5278.
Ten metres into the woods the route is sign posted Haverthwaite Heights. A well-worn path leads up the hill to the first of two tall wooden gates. Proceed through the gate. After the second gate bear right.
At a small clearing is a signpost. Go left and follow the white route up the hill in a Northeast direction.
Route 2 (0.5km) Whitewater Hotel [54º 15.328 N 002º 59.444][OSGB SD 35554 84874]
Start at the small lay-by next to the bridge, over the River Leven, at the Whitewater Hotel.
Opposite the lay-by (room for four cars) is an arched stone underpass beneath the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway. The route is sign posted ‘Haverthwaite Heights circular route’ and is way marked by white tipped wooden fence posts.
From the underpass it is a moderate climb, and where the walk is steep log and stone steps are provided.
The cache is located at the highest point (156m) of Haverthwaite Heights, at a rocky outcrop, with picturesque views of the Cartmel peninsula and Leven estuary to the South. It you're quiet and lucky, you might see some deer in the woods.
Within the cache is a disposable camera - please feel free to take a photograph of yourselves. Thank you. Please note; some disposable camera exposure counters increment backwards e.g. from 25 to 0.
PLEASE DO NOT PLACE ITEMS OF FOOD OR DRINK IN THE CACHE. IN SUMMER THE AREA IS OFTEN OVERGROWN WITH BRACKEN.
Take nothing, leave nothing. It's up to you.
But the real treasure here is the incredible view!
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum