GLW2108 : In
Search Of Goody Nook
27th February 2021
years ago, we can't quite remember when, we were very
interested in buying a house in Garth Row, a tiny hamlet
to the north of Kendal, just off the A6 before the Longsleddale
turning. We thought we would have a look for it
then walk the old lanes to Burneside Hall and back.
we were able to park in the small lay-by just where
I wanted then descended the narrow road to the centre
of the hamlet, passing two very different types of birds
on the way.
There at the cross-roads is the
house that Brian & Christine rented. I took
a photo to remind us and them but unfortunately I seemed
to be suffered a bout of hand shake as that and several
other photos came out blurred.
memory of where Goody Nook, the house we nearly bought,
was located was vague.
I thought it was in the
hamlet, Margaret thought it a bit out.
spotted houses that might be right but they weren't.
We gave up and took the "white lane"
I remember driving along this
when it was a proper
road (albeit extremely narrow).
I wouldn't like to
try it now although it is probably still legitimate.
passed and also so in the distance several Thirlmere
Pipeline gates that reminded us of our Up
adventure several years.
didn't cross the footbridge to Sprint Mill as that would
have subsequently meant trudging through many more potentially
spooky looking Burneside Hall took the minor road that
heads over to Garnett Bridge.
After a mile or
so there is a junction where we took the narrow and
very steep lane down to the Bridge. I don't
recall ever having been down there before.
crossing the River Sprint, it climbs up to Garth Row.
Nearing the village we met a woman walking a very
large and extremely friendly dog. I was pleased
with myself that I correctly identified it as a deerhound.
Not only could this lady direct us to Goody Nook
(she lived next door) it turned out that we had several
friends and acquaintances in common.
had both been right. Goody Nook is part of the
hamlet but just a bit out on the road heading south.
The grounds were larger than I remember and the
property had been considerably developed from when we
last saw it, which is no great surprise given the length
Margaret reminded me that we had put
an offer in for the house. She thought that the
owners had taken a shine to us and really wanted us
to be the purchasers but we fell short of their bottom
line. Personally I am glad we didn't move there.
Nice as it is, Garth Row is too isolated for me.
The house was eventually bought by the Hicks,
the couple who would become Jamie and Emma's headmaster
and deputy at Natland Primary School.
walk finished with a very steep climb up a narrow path
that took us back to where we had left the car.
had been an interesting outing. The weather had
been fine but frustratingly the cloud bank was just
south of Kendal as so very often happens. Another
reason not to have moved to Goody Nook!
Saturday 27th February 2021
miles 557 feet