Underbarrow to Natland
7th November 2010
to do when you get up rather early to see off your guests
(sob!) after waving them good bye?
I'd advocate a return to bed but today the sun was shining
and, although frosty, it had the makings of a lovely
morning. This good weather won't last so let's
do the next section, we decided.
to Underbarrow presented superb views over to the Lake
District with exceptionally good air quality.
Coniston Fells round to the Langdales in the distance
a small tarn, we noticed a beautiful fox making its
way around. By the time I stopped and had my camera
out, it was in the hedgerow right next to the car. Sadly,
I didn't get a clear photo of it but that is the closest
either of us have been to a fox in the wild.
in the undergrowth
left the car at the village hall in Underbarrow, near
the Punchbowl, and made our way south east along lanes
and paths. The Mushroom could be seen clearly
on the top of Scout Scar, in due course we would arrive
there. Or would we?
Scar with Mushroom
passing Henry's Castle (see BB0901)
and then a newly minted display of washing, we turned
east through the Barrowfield Lot wood with the climb
of the Scar looming over us.
of the woods
the Scar at Barrowfield Farm
reaching the brim of the Scar, we stopped for coffee.
unexpectedly, I had a rebellion on my hands.
are we going into Kendal?" asked Margaret.
the Westmorland Way goes into Kendal," I
I know," she responded tetchily, "but why
are WE going into Kendal? Is that
the way you would have taken the Westmorland
Way if you were planning it?"
had forgotten that We are the Wway.
I been planning it without any politico-economic influences
such as finding people a bed for the night or showing
them Westmorland's largest town, rather than go through
Kendal I would have taken the route south along the
scars to Helsington Church, then down to Sizergh Castle
and maybe on to Levens Park.
no visit to the Mushroom today. In the spirit
of enlightenment we took Our Wway. There was one almost
immediate benefit. Into view came the Kent Estuary
and Westmorland's only coastal village- Arnside. The
end of the Wway was in sight.
End of the Wway in sight
a distance, it looked as if there was a service on at
the wonderfully positioned St John's
Church- not unreasonable
for a Sunday morning. However, on closer examination
it turned out to be a mass of people communing with
nature. We were not the only early risers!
John's Church, Helsington
to Holeslack Farm
resisted the temptation to stop in the café at
Sizergh Castle, or to spend money in the gift shop,
although Margaret did give it a good going over.
Wway took us down Nanny Pie Lane to meet up with one
of the options of the True Wway, only in reverse as
we headed up, rather than down the river.
the weir, there were canoeists queuing to see if they
could negotiate it safely. Three went down succesfully
so then I stopped filming. Of course, the fourth
capsized and I missed the moment! The poor chap
banged his head but fortunately escaped to safety.
crossing the River Kent suspension bridge
we continued in the "wrong" direction
before taking the bridle path up to the
canal, another option of the True Wway and
where we will pick it up next time.
True Wway Canal Bridge
the suspension bridge
however, we continued up to Natland and
home. Another magnificent walk and
all before lunch, too! There is a
lot to be said for early starts!
7th November 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: