story of the Thirlmere Pipeline is told in Up
Its subsequent pages relate our story, progressing
from the Lune to its source at Thirlmere.
was some four years ago. In October 2019 we (Cynthia
& Ian, Margaret & I) decided it was time to
undertake the next stage.
remember when we first considered our route for the
Thirlmere to Manchester Pipeline walk, we had a big
debate about whether to follow the flow (i.e. go south)
or to treat it more as an expedition to seek the source
of the water, (i.e. south to north), which was what Mr
Cappelli did in his book. We opted to follow his
instructions. However, we didn’t stick slavishly
to his route as evidence by the fact that we started
from the River Lune and not from Manchester. Also,
it covered territory that we knew well, so we were not
greatly in need of guidance.
time we hardly had the debate at all, Despite
his instructions going from south to north and despite
it being over territory with which we would be increasingly
unfamiliar, we opted to travel in the southerly direction.
nearly named this journey “Down the Plughole” till I
realised that would be following something less salubrious
than drinking water!
The pages that follow record
our journey Down the Pipeline.