: K2T? RTFM!
10th February 2019
K2T is the abbreviation used
for the Keswick to Threlkeld railway trail.
RTFM, hopefully, needs no explanation!
We had spotted a walk in the
Westmorland Gazette that involved the K2T and also visited the Castlerigg Stone
Circle. Amazingly, given the length of
time we have lived in the Lakes and the amount of walking we have done, neither
of us had ever been to the Stone Circle (in part, because it isn't where Ihad
thought it would be on a previous expedition).
This time we made no mistake
and parked right next to it. And what an
impressive circle and location it is.
It was bitterly cold so we were
not inclined to linger too long but set off along the circular route described
in the WG. I had examined their map
carefully. Their route (shown in magenta
on my map below) was described as 7 miles but, although that it what it
measured on my computer software, I know from experience this would be an
understatement by 10 - 15 %. I wasn't convinced
we would want an 8 miler today. I had
two alternatives prepared. These are also
shown on the map below and reckoned by me to be a 6 mile blue route and a 4½ yellow one.
When we came to the decision
point at Naddle Bridge, the bitterly cold wind caused us to opt for the shortest. Yellow.
This involved dropping down under the A66 then crossing fields to join
the old railway track where it crosses the river. Wrong tense.
Crossed the river. Or better, "used
to cross the river". It turned
out that it had been severely
damaged by Storm Desmond in December 2015 and has not been repaired. The footpath was closed. "Oh Yes," said Margaret helpfully. "It said
that in the WG article." Although I had examined their map carefully,
I hadn't paid the same attention to the verbiage. Unfortunately
neither had Ordnance Survey on its latest maps, allegedly
What to do now? There is no
other sensible river crossing for miles.
The simplest thing to do would be to retrace our steps but that would
have led us back up to higher ground and into a strong cold wind. We opted for a road slog back to the
outskirts of Keswick to regain the original WG route then climb back up to the
Stone Circle. The wind would
be behind us. That's
the Cyan route.
had kindly provided a resting place on the way up.
Actually, when we reached
the Circle, the weather was much kinder and sunnier than when we had left it so we
had a second investigation.
What caught my eye this time
was the way that the ground seemed to be laid out in rounded strips about 10
feet wide or so. I remember similar
features from school history lessons about strip farming but was that the cause
here? I don't know. What I do know is that next time we undertake
a route someone has produced, I must carefully pay attention to what they have
written. In other words (abbreviated for the purposes
of convention and good taste): RTFM!
10th February 2019