|Walk:||Potato Pit Lane, Hermitage Wood, The Hermitage, Dale All Saints Church, Dale, Abbey Ruins, Upper Hagg Farm, Centenary Way/Midshires Way, Morley, St Mattew's Church, Stanley Farm, Cat and Fiddle Farm|
|Start Point:||Potato Pit Lane||Grid Reference:|
|Distance:||9 miles||Ascent:||720 feet|
|Comments:||Our first walk on a section of The Portway Ancient Track took us to The Hermitage, Dale, and the church at Morley with many interesting features on the way. Returning via a more northerly route we were disappointed that the windmill was behind a very high iron gate. Even though the gate miraculously opened while we were standing beside it we decided not to enter in case we got stuck inside!!!!|
The beginning of the adventure as we set off for Hermits Wood . . .
and The Hermitage . . .
where Marie . . .
and I . . .
try it out for size
It seems to have had quite a history . . .
but it is soon time to leave
All Saints Church in Dale is attached to a house on its west side
It is only about . . .
8 metres square . . .
and feels very crowded . . .
with box pews
The church was once possibly part of the abbey . . .
and the surviving arch of the east window of the Abbey Church . . .
gives an idea of the scale . . .
of the monastery buildings
Basking in the sun near our elevenses spot
The mausoleum . . .
stands in . . .