: All The Way From Barrow
20th July 2011
Is this summer or what?
After days of vacillating by the
forecasters, should it have been a worry to know that the latest prediction
for the Kendal area was heavy rain by lunch time? However, that for Barrow-in-Furness
was for sunshine and we would be half way between. What would lie ahead for us?
Well, actually, something half way between! Cloud but no rain.
Which was fortunate as we had a new BOOTboy with us- Steve
R who drove
James and me to Cartmel where we met up with Mike.
back to Cartmel
We made our way through this historic old town and out on the Cistercian
Way up onto Hampsfell where we took the team picture with us standing on the
top of the strange summit monument- the Hospice.
Bearing in mind that the camera was on the ground below the monument, it
took a couple of attempts before I managed to arrive in time to be in the delayed action
a detailed acccount of this monument with
photographs and descriptions of the various
Thereafter, we headed north across the fell, then along farm lanes before
heading west at Head House. After
Greaves Farm we briefly turned south to see on old vehicle coming the other
way. Fortunately I was able to get the camera
out in time to capture it and its number and later identify
the car as a 1928 Austin 12/4 Saloon that had been auctioned
in 2005. The car pased us outside the rather fine Saint Peterís Church
which we inspeced before turning northwards again.
Austin 12/4 Saloon
passed a strange stone structure which a
lady who lived nearby informed us had been
a pen for sheep that were found wondering
through the lanes. They would be held there
until the owner could be found and charged
a halfpenny for its retrieval.
also pointed out a matching millenium seat
then went back into her house.
as we were about to move off, she came back
out to tell us that her house used to be
the smithy and that goats had been kept
strange stone structure
was intrigued when James told her that we had
walked there from Barrow.
was High Cark.
Lunch was taken shortly after passing High Cark Hall.
time view over to Hampsfell
Our route south was designed to minimise the amount of time we would
have to walk on roads and worked reasonably well with several interesting
features being approached by footpath, including a field full of goats and a
large lime kiln.
by the pond
We also met a lady who kindly posed with her washing. James mentioned to her, to her surprise, that
we had walked all the way from Barrow!
posing with washing
with near-scrap vehicles
Then we passed through a yard with various near-scrap vehicles and
engaged the in owner in conversation. Imgaine
his amazement when James explained that we had walked all the way from Barrow.
Further down the track James encountered an acquaintance who was
building a house for his own occupation. He
was impressed when James happened to say that we had walked all the way from Barrow.
My instructions had been to keep the walk to less than 10 miles as Mike
had a bit of a problem with his knee.
However, rather than take the direct route back across the race course,
James proposed a longer and visually more appealing route.
No, not back to Barrow!
It was mostly on
the Cistercian Way with a brief interlude on the Cumbria Coastal Way where,
for some strange reason, James acted as a fly magnet. It was a good choice
of route but pushed up the total
mileage above the target!
Cumbria Coastal Way
On reaching the race course, James warmly greeted a former employee and
explained, to her astonishment, that we had walked from Barrow.
Having reached the cars, we
were ready for refreshment so we decided to visit to the new and rather attractive
Cartmel Coffee Shop near the Priory.
we all enjoyed a very nice cup of.....
James described to the lady running the shop how we had walked there
wonder you need refreshment, she observed.
Returning to the cars, we were saddened to see that in the half hour we
had been for refreshment, some idiot had taken a key or other such device to scratch
Mikeís car. Not the sort of behaviour
one expects in Cartmel and a bit of a downer on an otherwise enjoyable day out,
even if we had not quite walked all the way from Barrow!
20th July 2011
are some more of the houses we passed en-route:
subsequently advised that the inscription on the Hospice
is Shakespeare in Greek which Danae translated as "Rose-fingered
climbed in feet:
Don, James, Mike, Steve R
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