Natland To Holme
14th November 2010
gales of the last few days caused Stuart and Gill to
postpone their return to the Isle of Man which meant
they were able to join us for this penultimate section
for the Wway; one which could more snappily have been
retitled "From Home To Holme". Fortunately the
wind had virtually ceased and we were on the right side
of the edge of the clouds on what would turn out to
be an ever improving day.
Natland, we rejoined the Wway at the Larkrigg canal
bridge and followed the old tow path through Sedgwick.
from the canal bridge
guide book talks of Sedgwick House dating from 1869
and currently being in use as a school. Really?
I remember going round it in about 1985 when it
was vacant and might possibly have been of interest
to convert into offices. It wasn't and, more sensibly,
it was converted to apartments, which remains the case
today. So when was this guide book written? It
was first published in 1983 and, allegedly, "fully revised"
in 1998. Hmm. Not quite "fully". To be fair,
it is the fate of guide books to be out of date and
this one has stood the test of time reasonably well.
the surprise of the others (who had not read the book)
the Wway leaves the dried-up canal here and heads up
the hill and down to the railway, crossing near the
Maize Maze, although, now it has been reaped, there is
no evidence of what it had been.
Maize Maze demaized
had a bit of a contretemps with the book,
shortly after. We could see where
we ought to be but following what we had
taken to be the instructions had left us
a couple of fields adrift. Retracing
our steps, we found the right Wway and headed
down towards Stainton.
the author chose not to take us through
middle of this lovely little hamlet with
its narrow bridge and ford, but round the
outskirts. I should have overruled
him but we had already added unnecessarily
to the mileage.
rejoined the canal near the start of its water filled
existence, albeit not yet navigable, on the non-towpath
was taken by Stainton Bridge End Bridge and we crossed
over on Commonmire Lane, following the towpath to Crooklands.
canal now has water....
the folly of purely cost driven decision making can
be witnessed directly. The canal is culverted
under the M6. Estimates of the cost to reopen
the canal are of the order of £60m, yet back in
the 1960s, £18,000 is all that was saved by wrecking
under the motorway
on the other side
approaching Farleton Knott, the canal bank opens up
and this is a really attractive stretch with its views,
swans, goats, specimen trees and bridges. Which is just
as well as I had my mind on things other than navigating
the Wway. I think we were debating how well this
coalition government was dealing with the aftermath
of what I saw referred to in the papers as "The Brown
Terror" when we came to another dead end. The
book had warned us to leave the canal at the last bridge,
I just wasn't concentrating so we had to retrace our
steps over more unnecessary mileage. It's a good
job it wasn't raining!
back over the motorway we could rejoin the canal and
follow it until the farm lane that led us into the village
of Holme and the car to take us to our home village.
14th 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: