Hardendale to Shap Abbey
2nd June 2010
soon set shortly after we left the car parked near the
Greyhound Inn at Shap. We were still in No Man's Land
as far as our 1:25k maps were concerned and many of
the footpaths round here are unmarked. A scantily
dressed man with his dog took pity on us and directed
us to the right line across the fields to Hardendale.
crossed the motorway, with its fine view of the cement
works, we emerged at Hardendale by the Eden Animal Rescue
Centre, near which we had our first coffee stop.
Animal Resuce Centre
we could see kennels, it was strangely quiet and we
thought there were no dogs there. Until we passed
the house, that is. There were are least four
dogs in the bedroom window!
Shetland Pony paddoc
sooner were we through the hamlet than we
crossed back over the fields and motorway
to Shap, although not quite the way I had
had expected to emerge near the church which
is hidden from view on the A6 and I suspected
that it merited a visit.
we struck the middle of the village alongside
a paddock of Shetland Ponies.
was a good day for washing, or to be more
accurate, drying, and Shap provided a couple
of displays for us.
the A6 and out to the western side, we strode. At
the far side of a field, in an old lane, was another
man with his dog lying in wait for us. He seemed
desperate to have someone to chat to. In broad
Westmerian he told us of today's shootings at Boot and
then went on to tell us of every suicide in Shap in
the last twenty years or so.
back to Shap
we escaped and made our way down to the pretty hamlet
of Keld and the old chapel with its spooky interior.
fields led us to Shap Abbey, which I thought was very
peaceful in the evening sun although Margaret felt this
to be spooky.
front door tower
bck to Shap Abbey
a second coffee break we returned by different
fields and Lanes to Shap, past the Goggleby
across fields and lanes to Shap, stopping
at the Goggleby Stone before entering the
village. It is a long, long and rather
strange place. It looks to me like
a community that is trying to better itself.
are many improved properties but a few where
the message (or the money) has not yet reached.
thought about dinner at the Greyhound. It
used to have a very good reputation but
we had heard it had gone off. The
man in the lane said the same thing- that
it had changed hands recently and was not
the place it had been.
sorry new landlord if we have done you a
disservice but I just took a photo of the
unusual milestone outside and returned
home as the sun set.
was, by then, very hungry but am delighted
to report that standard of meal delivered
by the wife continues to excel!
2nd June 2010
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the progress of
Don and Margaret
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to Rutter Falls
to Maulds Meaburn
to Shap Abbey
to Pooley Bridge
seen by Margaret: