Cark to Speel Bank
(plus a Cistercian Way sampler)
again! Continuing our task of tackling the Cumbria
Coastal Path in bite sized chunks saw us searching for
a parking place in this small village. We found
what seemed an ideal one by the side of a small playground.
Boots were put on and off we set only to find
a small sign obliquely displayed near the entrance intimating
that parking was limited to one hour. As we pondered
the dilemma, a lady crossed the road and said "Oh, don't
worry about that. I park here all day and no one
bothers!" So, given this moral and potentially
financially damaging dilemma, what would you do?
short section between Cark and Holker Hall is, at times,
uncomfortable. The road has no pavement and a
lot of traffic.
situation improves at the Hall where the estate cottages
have unusual and attractive latticed windows and, also,
washing on display!
lattices and washing!
improvement continues as the Path leaves the B5278,
climbing up on a minor road before becoming a farm track
that not only doubles as the Cumbria Coastal Way (as
the occasional signpost irritatingly refers to it despite
the initial board at Arnside, and hence this blog, calling
it the Cumbria Coastal Path), it also triples up as
the Cistercian Way.
is another long distance walk that emulates the travels
of the Cistercian Monks from Grange to Piel Island via
Cartmel Priory and Furness Abbey. The monks were
obviously way ahead of their time as their Way has the
boring bits completed by train!
they couldn't see Blackpool Tower, though!
Tower, 26 miles away
it a lamb?
also saw in a field an unusual rock that looked very
much like a lamb
half a mile or so the monks left us and we headed through
the woods to emerge near an unnamed hill and the first
view of the coast we had seen for a while.
unnamed hill appears
Burns Farm, just before the attractive little caravan
site, there was another creature-like formation, after
which we continued north through pleasant meadows to
our decision point at Speel Bank.
it a calf?
we decided, was far enough for today, a decision helped
by the fact it was starting to rain so we turned south
east to pioneer a new Way back to Cark.
the rain didn't last long.
took afternoon tea in a field that we probably should
not have been in, thanks to some ambiguous footpath
signage. It had an intriguing fallen tree that
continued the creature sculpture theme with its
dinosauric shape that we used as a serving table!
it a dinosaur.....
its powerful limbs!
negotiating a very slippery and barbed wall to regain
the right path, we passed through an attractive cluster
of buildings at Hill Farm- although initially we thought
they might have been built for midgets!
Farm midget house?.
below Walton Hall!
briefly met up with the monks again at Walton Hall.....
Hall with perhaps a touch of artificial enhancement!
crossed down to Seven Acres and its abandoned farm buildings.
on the edge of Cartmel Race Course you would think it
was worth a fortune and it is difficult to understand
why such a desirable residence has been allowed to dilapidate
like that. Perhaps it is due to the ghosts of
the monks whose Way we rejoined to take us back down
entered the village by a fine old building, name not
known. I should have photographed its distinguished
front door but instead you will have to make do with
its rather less distinguished washing and rear view!
I am pleased to report that the car was just as we left
it, with no additions to the windscreen!
22nd October 2009
7.6 miles covered brings our CCP total to 41.0 miles.
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