Up The Pipeline
TW06 : Dodding Green to Staveley

Tuesday 1st July 2014

"I told you it would rain" said Mrs Smug as we drove along to the rendez-vous in Staveley. I have to admit that she was right and the Met Office plus Mr Hew Howont-Betold were wrong.  It was bucketing down. Fortunately by the time we had met up with Ian & Cynthia and driven to the start point at Dodding Green the worst had passed and we were able to set off up the pipeline once more.

Yet again, the official way does not follow the pipeline.  Indeed I doubt if there was any evidence of it to be seen.

On the other hand, our unofficial route ran very close to the pipeline for much of the walk- we certainly saw more pipeline gates and possibly more buildings than on any previous section.


What is more, I think we saw more interesting countryside than had we followed the book.

I don't intend to produce a detailed route report.  It was mostly across fields to Potter Fell Lane, mostly on tracks and road to the River Kent then mostly along river bank, finally as per the official route, to the Eagle & Child in Staveley.

In conclusion I must report on their Whitby Scampi, Mushy Peas and Chips.

Don, 1st July 2014








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36.9 miles

712 feet

4,120 feet




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