We do live in a lovely area and soon [April/May] it is even more attractive with all our native delicate bluebells and wood anemones in flower. To enjoy these sights try one of these short walks. There are two to choose from (on the maps the green triangle indicates the start, and the red triangle indicates the end, of the walk)
The path up Long Tongue Scrogg [accessed via Laneside] is also another nice spot to observe the bluebells.
Choice of less than 1 mile or 2 miles
Start at Houses Hill [sp =signpost]
At the bottom of Houses Hill on the bend in the road is a track going up left. Access to the track is through a kissing gate. Follow the track through the woods and at this time of year the ground is covered with a profusion of bluebells and white wood anemones. Continue up the track to a T junction. Here you can just turn around and retrace your footsteps [approx. 1 mile]
If you would like a longer, circular walk [2 miles] continue reading
At the path junction turn right and walk along the track until it bends left. Here turn down right [sp] Continue down a much improved grassy track to Rod’s Beck. Lots of bluebells here among the trees. Cross the beck and go over a stile. Go diagonally left up the hill past a tree to a stile. Continue alongside a wall onto the road at Botany Bay. Here turn right and walk along the road until it bends left. Here take the footpath [sp] right and follow the signs through the fields to the farmhouse below. Continue along the track to the road and turn right to go back to the start.