: A Bretherdale 8
7th Septembert 2014
all started when Margaret said she would like to visit
Borrowdale. That's the one in Westmorland, not
the famous Cumberland one. I replied that Borrowdale
was not that interesting and that the next valley, Bretherdale
would be a better bet.
had a walk planned from Greenholme (home of St George)
to Bretherdale Head and Bretherdale Hall. However, I
then discovered a website about the proposed Lake
District National Park Extension Area
between the A6 and the M6. The article describes
a figure of eight route taking in the valley of Bretherdale
and the high ground to the north. The pictures looked
good and the write-up interesting.
lower part of the walk covered ground that
I had planned we should visit and the other
half was further up the valley.
the route description was not that clever
on the upper part of the walk. In
particular it was very vague as to where
to come down off the moor. Directions
were not given in terms of compass points,
distances were few and far between, there was
no map of the route and the only grid reference
was for where to park the car. It's
a shame as the 17 page document is otherwise
was there any warning that the route back would be very
boggy, complete with deep liquid cowpats even in this
remarkably dry spell, however that is not entireluy
unexpected in these parts!
got that gripe out of the way, it was actually a pleasant
walk even though a sad, recurring feature was the number
of long abandonded farm houses. It is a bit of
a ghost valley.
more pictures, see Lake
District National Park Extension Area.
Unfortunately we were not able to photograph
the buzzard that swooped around us on the way out and
the hare that hopped in front of us on the return.
Don, Sunday 7th September 2014
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