Orton Common and the Upper Lune Valley

This first photograph, taken from the Orton-Appleby road, close to the cattle grid at the top of the climb, looks southwards over Orton (in the trees) and Orton Common to Tebay and the Lune Gorge in the distance. To the far left is the start of the Howgills, leading on to the Pennines. In the centre and right are the Birkbeck and Shap Fells. Behind the camera and to the left (east) is the start of limestone country, Orton Scar and Great Asby Scar.

Orton Common, Tebay and the Shap Fells - WestmorlandOrton Common, Tebay and the Shap Fells
Photo, David Murray, June 2013

Not only is this close to the geographical centre of Westmorland but it lies between the different geological areas that make up this varied county. The next two shots were taken two or three weeks earlier from roughly the same spot. The first looks over Orton and the Lune valley to the Howgills beyond.

Orton Common, the Lune Valley and the Howgills - WestmorlandLooking Over Orton and the Lune Valley to the Howgills Beyond
Photo, David Murray, May 2013

For the final photo, taken within a minute the previous one, we swing further round and look up the Upper Lune valley in the direction of Ravenstonedale, with the limestone outcrops of Orton Scar clearly visible on the left of the picture.

Orton Scar and the Upper Lune Valley - WestmorlandOrton Scar and the Upper Lune Valley
Photo, David Murray, May 2013

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