BB1042 : The Rusland Round

Thursday 18th November 2010

We had a new member of the comitibus today.  Sam, who has been following our adventures for some time, asked if could join Bryan, Stan and me on our outing. However, when I saw the detailed forecast describing the day as miserable wet and windy, rain in the morning, heavy rain in the afternoon and potential gales, I was far from certain that this was going to be suitable for an inaugural event.

It made sense to stay low and as much in the trees as possible so I devised a route starting at Newby Bridge that would satisfy the criteria.

River Leven near Newby Bridge

In actual fact, the day started much better than expected.  True, it was grey but not raining nor particularly breezy- we have been out in much worse.

From the Newby Bridge Halt, we climbed up through the woods and over fields to Finisthwaite, with its fine church, St Peter's.  Thereafter, we continued climbing until we reached High Dam.  This is a lovely, if artificial, tarn, a bit like a smaller version of the much better known Tarn Hows.

St Peter's Church

Comitibus: High Dam

High Dam, Finsthwaite

Dropping down to the Rusland Valley

Dropping down into the valley to Crosslands, we continued past the Stig's mobile home to Rusland Hall where strange things were happening on a roof.

Stig's mobile home

What's that on the roog?

After crossing Rusland Pool bridge, we enterered marsh land and things became very wet underfoot  Fortunately the boggiest parts are boarded- what the route was like previously defies belief!

Rusland Pool bridge

Through the marsh

On reaching Low Hay Bridge we were conscious that it was damp in the air and that the horrendous weather could set in at any time at all.  Lunch should be taken at the first opportunity.  Then I looked to my right and what should I see but what looked like a mini pavilion? As we got closer, my spirits fell; it seemed no more than a locked shed.  But then I realised that it wasn’t locked so at least it was worth a peep inside.  Good call! Actually, it was a birdwatcher’s hide with four seats, a shelf on which to put our drinks and a fine view back up over the marshes.  Seldom, if ever, have we dined in such luxury on our walks.

The view from the hide

Suddenly Sam got us rather worried.  He stood up and started removing his trousers. Then his underwear.  What sort of BOOTboys did he think we were?  Fortunately he was just addressing the problem of his thermals having caused him to overheat down below!

Half an hour later, it still hadn’t started raining so we thought we had better leave the hide and head on down the valley.  We passed a fine viewpoint and the Tissie Fooks memorial.  It was she who had set up the Hay Bridge Nature Reserve so presumably it was the now departed Tissie that we should thank for our luncheon shelter.  On a sunny day, her memorial that would make an excellent lunch stop.

Leaving the hide

The Tissie Fooks memorial

A Hay Bridge Nature Reserve tarn

 If the weather had been really dire, it had been my plan to abandon the walk at the lovely little pub, The White Hart, at Bouth and call for a wife or a taxi- after a couple of hours waiting for the rain to stop, of course.  However, it still wasn’t raining, so after another bit of stigdom, we crossed back over the valley by Fish House Bridge then up to the shoulder of Ellerside.

Stig's garden????

Upstream  from  Fish House Bridge

 and downstream

Entering the woods, we came across an abandoned wigwam- no doubt the occupants decided the forecast was too foul for such a dwelling.  We came across two men fitting a new footpath fingerpost.  We complimented them on their work and they explained that the permissive paths on Ellerside were being converted to footpaths and it was open land.  One to note for the future.  Today, however, was not one for diverting as any minute now it could start raining.  

The wigwam

Fitting the finger post

A rather finer sort of dwelling was spotted on the other side of the woods, at Town End- one of those chocolate box pretty lakeland cottages.

The pretty cottage

No steam today

It would have been nice to have seen a steam train go by on the railway but nothing seemed to be moving today.  Not surprising given the time of year and the forecast but still it hadn't rained.  And then it started, just 100 yards from the car; just a bit initially, giving us time to get our boots off.  As we set off to drive home, the heavens opened and it was very unpleasant.  Or would have been had we still been out in the open.  Five minutes later, it was over and, once back in Kendal, there was no sign of there having been any rain at all.  Weird.

The Rusland Round is highly recommended for a bad day, to escape the worst of the wind and rain.  But that wasn’t today.  Had we been too meek?  Probably not, there is a big difference between the weather at 500 feet and that at 2,500 feet.  And it is a nice walk on a nice day.  One to repeat one summer, perhaps, when the irises are out?

 Don, 18th November 2010


Afternote:  Guy contacted me to express surprise that we didn’t detour to inspect Finsthwaite Tower.  When I confessed I had never heard of it he explained that soon after starting up the path from Newby Bridge, as you go up the path through the woods, there is a steep path that zig-zags up through the trees on the right.  It is, or was when I was last there, rather enclosed by trees but was once an excellent viewpoint looking up Windermere.  He added that there is a commemoration plaque with the inscription:

Erected to Honor
the Officers, Seamen and Marines of the ROYAL NAVY
whose matchless Conduct and irresistible Valour
decisively defeated the Fleets of France, Spain and Holland
and preserved and protected LIBERTY and COMMERCE.





Thursday 18th November 2010

Distance in miles:


Height climbed in feet:




Other Features:

Rusland Valley, Finsthwaite High Dam


Bryan, Don, Sam, Stan


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