: Turn Again, Whittington
13th October 2011
first I thought I was going to be Billy Nomates this
week. Then things changed radically and in the
end I had to decide whether to go out on Wednesday morning
on a fast-paced round with James followed in the late
afternoon with a Himalayan training exercise with Bryan
or, alternatively, to go on an old codgers outing on Thursday
for a gentle ramble. Not being up to two hectic
expeditions in one day, I think you will understand why
I opted for the latter!
chose territory that we had never walked before. I
planned a route then discovered a virtually identical
one in reverse direction on the impressive Whittington
website. After a short debate, we decided to follow
the website's route. Very useful, thanks!
use was made of Johnís disabled parking badge (earned
because of his knee problems) to leave the car for the
duration near Devilís Bridge. We set off across
the fields to Low Biggins, passing several items of
interest, including what seemed to be a World Way II
tight squeeze for John
and a tight squeeze for John
church bird table
this a World War II bunker? If so, why here?
we stumbled south down a path that was virtually a river
to Sellet Mill before turning west again for Sellet
it a path or a river?
Stan and I decided to climb Sellet Bank to the trig
point which provided a superb panorama, even on a dull
Bank summit cairn
contrast to other notable properties in
the area there is little to be found on
the internet about listed building Sellet
Hall other than passing references to a
Herb Garden once open for teas but not noticeably
has diffulty getting his leg over .....
as does John
the end of the strangely named Hosticle Lane we turned
into Whittington and discovered that the fact that this
church was dedicated to Saint Michael the Archangel
was only discovered through the reading of an old will,
dated 1557 of Olyvere Northe who wanted to be buried
examining this fine old church we opted for the route
variation that passes by electrical pioneer (inventor
of the electro-magnetic motor, born here in 1873) William
Sturgeonís house. Inevitably this brought back
memories of naughty rhymes learned in our youths, not
that we could remember that much any more! Through the
village we strode, resisting the temptation of the Dragonís
Head Well, actually, it was closed.
closed Dragon's Head
website is well worth visiting
to find out more about the history of this village,
dating back to the Domesday Book. Its church dates back to the 15th century whereas
the nearby Whittington
Hall is "not
the end of the village we again turned (note how cunningly
I have here related to the title of this report!), this
time into Burrow Mill Lane.
of the many water hazards
passes through the Whittington Race Course but today
it was one long water hazard, complicated by John L
slipping and losing his glasses. Fortunately,
eagle eyed John S spotted them in the hedgerow.
are John's spectacles? Click on picture
the River Lune
reaching the River Lune we found a fishermanís
hut which, although locked, provided a convenient
balcony on which a team photo could be taken
and those three who had taken the trouble
to prepare a lunch could eat.
I had anticipated rather faster progress
than the water-filled lanes (and John's
glasses) had allowed
so had presumed that a pub lunch would be
I had had the foresight to bring coffee
and biscuits so did not starve.
panorama from north to south
track north along the river was pleasant, if still wet
and at times slippery underfoot. It forms part of the Lune
which runs from Lancaster to Kirkby Lonsdale and sounds
like an interesting 16½
mile walk to be tried one (or two or three) day(s)!
rather fine bridge for water pipes?
the A65 proved a bit of a challenge. Although
the footpath crosses the road near Devil's Bridge, cars
travelling south round the bend come so fast that they have
little time to see you or you, them. Consequently
I got honked, unfairly I thought, by a driver, so
I gave him the finger, hoping that he might take exception
and stop to remonstrate with me. Not that I am
brave or strong but I knew and he didn't that not far behind me
were two large muscular men, one a former rower, the
other in his younger days a powerful rugby player and still
a gym enthusiast, plus another who was a mean amateur
boxer in his youth and remains very fit. All I had to do was to make sure
that I kept of the driver's reach until such time as
they too had safely negotiated crossing the road (which
was the weak point of my plan). As it happens,
the driver failed to add to the afternoon's entertainment.
Probably just as well!
bridge and Devil's Bridge
Bridge from the north side
and I supplemented our mileage by continuing to Ruskin's
View. The Kirkby Lonsdale riverside walk is pleasant
although the climb up the well-named Radical Steps at the north end is
always a bit of a challenge but worth it for the view.
I suspect that in Ruskin's time, the barn wall
on the other side of the river was not then painted
in multi-colours as a protest against the failure of
a planning application. Sadly, for the purposes of this
story, the colours are now fading and the strength of
the protest is consequently diminished.
Mary's Church, Kirkby Lonsdale
the churchyard we strolled, past the lovely 12th
and into the old town itself.
always controversial but it is my opinion that, in this
case, the existence of Booths just a few yards outside
the centre has brought people into the town rather than
the reverse. The inevitable consequence is that
the shops tend to be more of an upmarket gift and designer
it was neither the Church nor Booths nor even the designer
shops that we visited. Not unexpectedly perhaps, it
was the Snooty Fox where we met up with the two Johns
for a pint and, in my case, a really tasty ciabatta.
a photo for Suzy that John S asked me to take. Not
on the menu at the Snooty Fox but found in a field -
a rather edible looking fungus.
13th October 2011
climbed in feet:
Don, John L, John S, Stan
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