Hutton Roof Crags
In the corner of the churchyard of St John's, Hutton Roof the war memorial's list of names is headed by T.B. Hardy. At the outbreak of World War One he was vicar of St John's, a recent widower and 51 years old. Not surprisingly when he first volunteered to join the army chaplaincy he was turned down for being too old. He kept applying and his persistency paid off. Eventually he was accepted and assigned to the 8th Battalion of the Lincolnshire Regiment in August 1916. He then embarked on a remarkable career time after time showing "conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty" that won him "the respect and admiration" of his division. First he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) after rescuing men stuck in mud in no man's land. Next he won the Military Cross (MC) for tending to casualties during a particularly heavy engagement. Then in July 1918 he received the Victoria Cross (VC) "For the most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty on many occasions." Theodore Bayley Hardy was wounded in action in October 1918 and died a week later on 18th October in Rouen two days short of his 55th birthday. He was one of the most decorated non-combatants of the First World War. This walk takes you past the memorial to this remarkable man.

Start/Finish: Plain Quarry car park Dalton Road Burton-in-Kendal (Nearest) postcodeLA6 1NJ

 

Fact file:
Distance 7miles/11k
Time: 3 - 4 ½ hours
Grade: Mainly easy as far as the walking is concerned but route finding can be awkward.
Map OS OL7 The English Lakes South eastern area

 

 Map by kind permission of Johnston Press

Directions.

1. From the rear of the car park take the middle of three paths.

 

This leads into trees and to a gate. Through this keep ahead for 150yds and then turn right onto a path leading alongside a low limestone shelf.

 

After entering a stand of trees bear left as the path takes you into more open country with a fence to the right.

 

Keep on the path through another scattering of trees to reach the wide open space of the summit plateau. Keep on the track as it leads to a wall and a gate.

 

Through this keep ahead on the track to reach the trig point.

 

So far so good. Retrace your steps back towards the gate but then bear right on a narrow path to reach a gate obscured by bracken.

 

Through this turn right and quickly arrive at a solar panel enclosure.

 

Turn left to gently drop to the edge of a limestone shelf.

 

Turn right and locate a path leading through more bracken to a grassy corridor between … you guessed it bracken.

 

At an gnarled and isolated birch tree turn right on a path

 

through - BRACKEN and then to a gateway signed by Cumbria Wildlife Trust.

 

After the gateway bear left to a marker post

 

and then keep ahead on a path across open ground to an area of bracken.

 

Close to an interpretative information board go through a gate

 

and a strip of woodland following the path to a lane.

2. Turn right.

 

Walk up hill for almost ¾ mile.

 

As you reach the brow take a footpath on the right signed in the direction of Hutton Roof.

 

Keep on this as it climbs through trees to cross a brow with outstanding views of the Yorkshire Pennines ahead.

 

When the path reaches an area of limestone crags known as the Rakes

 

bear left. At the next fork keep left for a path leading down to the church.

 

3. The memorial headed by the Reverend Hardy is on the south side of the church yard. Continue along the lane through the village until you reach Lowther Court on the right.

 

Turn into the development and dogleg left to the rear leading onto a track.

 

After a metal gate continue to where the track carries on next to a wooden gate.

 

The right of way is through the wooden gate. After a ladder stile

 

the path crosses a slab bridge maintaining a south westerly direction through large enclosures. As you near Crag Farm bear slightly left to a metal gate.

 

Through this traverse the next field to Dalton Lane.

 

Turn right for the car park.