: Killington Discovered
15th February 2015
a rare treat to find a totally new (to us) and attractive
walk only 6 miles from our doorstep but we managed it
forecast suggested we should go east so we headed for
the tiny hamlet of Killington (not to be confused with
the lake or the motorway service station bearing the
same name). Killington is little more than a church,
a manor house, a small village hall and a handful of
way you approach it you think to yourself "what
narrow lanes" and "I wouldn't want to live
out here, it's too remote". Yet it is undeniably
attractive and no doubt you get used to the lanes once
you have learned where the passing places are.
parked near the old church, which we examined, and admired
the manor house, Killington Hall.
we set off across the fields to Aikrigg.
could have taken a direct path south but the map says
"Ford". Consequently we chose the circuitous
route to the west marked on the map as having a FB.
When were reached the stream however there was
no footbridge to be seen, just a concrete cobbled track
under the fast flowing water. After discussion
about the best way across, we waded the stream. What
did we see once across? Yes, a footbridge about
20 yards downstream. It had been hidden by bushes.
followed an old track south, pausing for a coffee stop
near a communications pylon. We were in pleasant rolling
countryside with views over to Middleton Fell and the
Howgills although they were somewhat shrouded by haze.
Low Harprigg (where the map says ford but there is actually
a footbridge) we didn't cross the beck. Instead
we headed north-east to Beckside. It is lambing
time and there were plenty of very young ones being
protected by their mothers plus a posse of those yet
to lamb.. We gave them a wide berth.
Beckside we took the narrow bridle path past the washing
and back north to Killington.
verdict? A lovely, previously unexplored area
to which we will return before too long.
Sunday 15th February 2015
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