: Windermere to Ambleside
7th April 2015
hard to believe that it is six months since we did our
last section and fifteen months since we started. But
it is. Weather and family commitments have conspired
to keep us away from the Pipeline. However today
we, i.e. Cynthia & Ian, Margaret & I, were back in action.
in Windermere can be tricky but Ian knew a secret place
near to the railway station. No further information
will be given as we want to use it again!
stop: Orrest Head.
Everyone made it to the
summit within the time predicted on the signage board.
It was rather busy up there but that's not surprising
seeing as it is a rather fine viewpoint from which to
see over most of Windermere (the lake) and to the mountains
to the north, we left all the crowds behind and headed
to the Causeway Farm. We had one moment of indecision
but followed the waymarker rather than my instinct.
This led us to and along a farm track that, at its far
end, was gated and locked with an official sign
saying that route was closed. So why hadn't they
removed the signage that sent us that way?
the Thirlmere Way book, Tim Cappelli praised Near Orrest
farm for its appearance and, in contrast, berated Far
Orrest Farm. These days it seems the other way
round. There were a lot of rather filthy cows
in a very small and rather mucky enclosure.
first indication of the pipeline was as we dropped down
to the A592 where there were gates and an inspection
structure. The pipes cross the Trout Beck out
of sight from public access land to the south of the
footbridge and there was no more indication of them
for quite some time.
had thought about using our National Trust cards to
have a look round Town End but, Sod's Law, it was closed
today. Instead, we deviated from the Way in Troutbeck
to have tea and cakes in the sunshine outside the old
Post Office and very good they were.
Way next goes along Robin Lane, passing what is shown
on the map as "Pillar".
I have been
there several times before but never realised its significance.
Mr Cappelli put that right.
He says that this
is one of 21 viewing stations scattered around the Lake
District that were essential visiting for any Victorian
He refers to but does not mention the
author of "a well known guide book of the time".
This would seem to refer to the 1778 publication:
Guide to the Lakes: Dedicated to the Lovers of Landscape
Studies, and to All Who Have Visited, or Intend to Visit
the Lakes in Cumberland, Westmorland, and Lancashire.
by the Author of the Antiquities of Furness, Thomas
has given me an idea for our next great adventure. However,
in the meantime we press on with the Thirlmere Way.
found one further set of Pipeline gates, guarding a
field of anthills, as we headed along to Jenkin Crag
but that was all.
Not that it mattered. This
was a really superb walk with glorious scenery down
and across Windermere (Lake) to the Coniston fells,
the Langdale fells and beyond.
The only negative
was that my sat-nav Garmin GPSMAP 62S once again misbehaved.
Not to worry- that was soon forgotten when getting
stuck into excellent Whitby scampi and chips, washed
down with Kirkby Lonsdale ale at the Eagle and Child
was good to be on the Way again.
Tuesday, 7th April 2015
picture for Margaret!
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