: Half a Farfield Round
13th August 2017
surprisingly, it is becoming increasingly harder to
find new Great Little Walks within half an hour's drive
from home but today we found one. Or at least
we found half of one. Unfortunately Margaret had
wrenched her back doing too much gardening and found
the going a bit tough so the second half awaits us on
start point was the Farfield Mill. We did the
honorable thing and paid for the full exhibition even
though our stay was a little cursory. The ticket
gives us free repeat entry for the next forteen days
so maybe we will be back soon.
route followed the Clough River eastward. It's
an attractive section with open meadows and distant
views of the Howgills and other surrounding fells.
was straightforward until Hall Bank where the route
didn't seem to correspond with the map. Don't
cross the river if you are seeking to emulate us.
Dovecote, again the permissive route didn't seem to
match the map but maybe its because it is rather old
and the path has been rerouted around the farm. Or
maybe I shouldn't have been attempting to take us through
the farm anyway.
this time Margaret's back was causing her problems so
we aborted the full round which would have taken us
up to Hebblethwaite.
At Fellgate we received
an initially inquisitive then enthusiastic welcome from
the four sheepdogs.
One in particular thought
her very fragrant!
We then used the farm's approach track to take us
back to the road.
Its track construction was unusual.
The further down the lane we went, the more it
became two stoned ridges with a gutter between and the
fuller the gutter became with the water draining from
track was heavily foliaged on either side so views
were minimal. Half way down, Margaret needed a
rest so we opened a handy gate to pass into a field.
Here was such a magnificent view of the Howgills
that after a coffee she was so overcome with the peace
and beauty of the place that she nodded off.
the farmer might have thought we had been up to had
he seen her lying there, I don't know but given our
combined ages he probably wouldn't have come to the
once rested we descended to the minor road and made
our way back to the Mill. I had intended to use
Banks Lane but too overgrown was its entrance with nettles.
I don't think anyone has been down there for a
is a lovely area and little discovered. One day
we will return for the second part of our walk but whether
it will be within the two weeks of our ticket somehow
Sunday 13th August 2017
: 4.3 miles Ascent : 503
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