BB1512 : The Limestone Part of the Link

Thursday 2nd April 2015

One of the less well known Long Distance Walks is the Limestone Link.

Mike was very concerned, thinking I had lost my marbles in contemplating a 36 miler seeing as he, and others, had to be back home by 4 p.m..  If that weren't bad enough, we first had to drive to the Cotswolds for the start.  And then return from the Mendips.

Fortunately, the Limestone Link I had in mind is the rather shorter and even less well known Cumbrian one, stretching only 13 miles from Arnside to Kirkby Lonsdale.

It's not all on limestone.  In fact, its first section from Arnside to Hazleslack can be exceedingly boggy as we found out on BB1403.  Also the stretch from Hutton Roof to Kirkby Lonsdale looked as if it could get a bit muddy.  But the bits inbetween are mainly on limestone which does tend to drain better than most surfaces.  

The Limestone part of the Cumbrian Link, therefore, seemed to be a good solution for finding somewhere reasonably dry underfoot after all the rain we have suffered in the last few days and permitting an early finish.  

Unfortunately, we could find nowhere to park at Hazleslack so had to add a bit on, beginning from Carr Bank.  That just meant we had to walk a little bit faster.

The first feature was Hazelslack Tower which I have passed several times before but never noticed its guardian pigs.

Pig & Castle

Comitibus :  Fairy Steps

The path led us through Underlaid Wood to Fairy Steps which seemed narrow than on previous visits.  Or am I getting cuddlier?

The section from Slack Head to Hale was quite new to me and made slightly more difficult to navigate due to the rotten state of several of the fingerposts.

Don looks at the sign post and it falls over!  MIke repairs.

You get the distinct impression that someone doesn't want you there. Fortunately the way markers improved as we got deeper into the attractive woodland growing over an impressive set of clints and grikes.

Crossing the pavement

Tony inspects the clints and grikes

At Hale we found a house outside which was a plaque that surpised us.  It is dedicated to John Taylor 1808 - 1897.  The text tells us that he was a "Prophet, seer, revelator, and the third and only English-born President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints."

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Farlleton Knott

  Formation geese

Tony checks out the fishing

Hens on the road

Swan on the canal

We crossed the valley to Holme and emerged on the A6070.

Here we found historian and local politician Roger Bingham banging in posters for the lady fighting the forthcoming election.  

Tony was more interested in discussing another lady, Lady Anne Clifford (see below), about whom RB has written several articles.

A history lesson ensued.  Following the interment of Richard III at Leicester Cathedral, which is the only British monarch not buried in a Cathedral?

Answer:  Edward VIII

Roger Bingham

Arriving at Holmepark Fell, we stopped for lunch and debated whether or not to leave the official route and visit Farleton Knott.  In the end we decided that we didn't have time so pressed on towards Hutton Roof via the surprisingly Germanic sounding Uberash Plain (Überraschung is German for surprise).  This was a pleasant section on a lightly wooded path with clear views over to The Howgills, Middleton Fell and down to Ingleborough.


Distant Howgills

Hutton Roof Crags

The walk concluded with the descent through the limestone cliffs via the wonderfully named Blasterfoot Gap and down to the village.

I can recommend this Limestone Link. Next time- the Cotswolds to the Mendips?

Don, Thursday 2nd April 2015

Lady Anne's Crypt Opened

Regular readers will be aware of Tony's love affair with Lady Anne Clifford whose tomb is at St Lawrence's Church, Appleby, where she was laid to rest in 1676.

Imagine, therefore, how he felt to learn from the BBC that recent heavy rain has meant that her crypt had to be opened for repairs due to flooding.

Tony immediately contacted the church to see if he could visit the crypt but was informed that it had only been open for 24 hours as part of the work make the church more watertight and that a pipe has been put inside the crypt to drain water away.

He then made contact with Fred Cameron Wilson, a Penrith photographer, who had been allowed into the crypt.  Fred has kindly permitted us to use a couple of his photos.

The BBC quoted The Rev Sarah Lunn, team Rector for the Heart of Eden team ministry, as saying: "There's been a sense of reverence throughout all of this important work. When all the work is completed we will of course conduct a special service for the reburial of any disarticulated and ancient bones."

For further information about Tony's interest in this remarkable lady see:
BB1211BB1422 plus shorter items in BB1305BB1326 & BB1407

Greetings from Panboche

Terry reported on Sunday 29th March:  

We have just completed the 7th day of the trek and legs & heart are doing well - but not sleeping great!

The trail has been hard and tomorrow we are tackling the Ama Dablam base camp. The route is 3 hours up and mostly on snow.

The views have been absolutely spectacular and will send one to follow - if wifi permits!

It did permit, see his photo of Ama Dablam from the Monastery in Tengboche (below right), although he still has not been able to update his blog Everest Base Camp and Much More.

Thanks to Wikipedia from which the information below was gleaned.

Tengboche is a village in Khumjung in the Khumbu region of northeastern Nepal, located at 3,867 metres (12,687 ft). In the village is an important Buddhist monastery, Tengboche Monastery, which is the largest gompa in the Khumbu region.

Tenzing Norgay, the first man to reach the summit of Mount Everest with Sir Edmund Hillary, was born in the area in the village of Thani and was once sent to Tengboche Monastery to be a monk.

 Ama Dablam from the Monastery in Tengboche

Pangboche is located about 3 kilometres northeast of Tengboche at an altitude of 13,074 feet (3,985 m). It is base camp for climbing nearby Ama Dablam.




Thursday 2nd April 2015

Distance in miles:

9.0 (Garmin)

Height climbed in feet:

1,338 (Memory Map)


The Limestone Link


Don, John Hn, Mike, Tony


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