Rather than going up, how about going along for a change? Sometimes the South Lakes is so dominated by the Fells, we forget about the Estuary and looking out to sea. The Duddon Mosses is a lowland raised peatbog just south of Broughton in Furness near the village of Foxfield. It is one of the most important example of this type of bog in Britain. Accessed via a series of boardwalks and clearly signposted, a stroll across the Mosses is a lovely contrast to climbing up and then scrambling down. (Again.)
There are new, replacement panels just up in Broughton Square and at Foxfield Station giving information about the Mosses and detailing a circular walk.
Here are bog plants such as Sphagnum moss, cotton grasses, bog rosemary, cranberry and the spookily carnivorous sundew. In late spring and early summer, the fluffy heads of cotton grasses and yellow bog asphodel provide a delightful show. There are plenty of insects and you may spot butterflies and moths as well as crickets, damselflies and dragonflies. The Mosses are a haven for deer, adders, lizards and frogs. Barn owls hunt over the Mosses at dusk and the temporary pools created as a result of restoration works are frequented by water birds such as teal and heron.
Steve Benn, the local Natural England officer, would like me to remind people to keep all dogs on a short lead between 1st March and 31st July when walking on the Duddon Mosses to protect the ground nesting birds during the breeding season.
And, of course, after all that fresh air, you could always stop by at the Prince of Wales in Foxfield, renowned for its selection of real ale, on your way home …
For a more detailed walking guide and map follow this link to the Natural England website.