Monday of Great Landscapes week sees us focussing on TASTE and SMELL - and where better to go than to a farm?

Nibthwaite Farm is run as a fairly traditional farm on the east shore of Coniston Water and the surrounding area includes a lot of land which is in SSSIs (Sites of Special Scientific Interest) and of national importance for its natural habitat and supports rare species.

John Atkinson, the Farmer, does conservation grazing for a number of organisations including Friends of the Lake District, National Trust and Hay Bridge Nature Reserve. This walk will include looking at some of these areas and the species they help to conserve and propagate as well as introducing you to the livestock they keep which include rare breed sheep and cattle which provide a source of magnificent local produce.  

The land has been used in many different ways over the last few thousand years and these have left traces on the landscape and affected the flora and fauna seen today. Along the route you will visit bronze age smelting sites, ice age trees, ferns of numerous varieties, charcoal burners infrastructure and a house built by monks from Furness Abbey.

  • Where: Nibthwaite Grange Farm, Nr Ulverston (East of Coniston Water)
  • When: Monday 4 September, 10am-2pm
  • Activity grade: moderate
  • Activity age suitability: 18+
  • Cost: FREE

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