: Caton to Quernmore
20th October 2019
That is not what we expected on our first
stage of going Down the Pipeline. Nor on any other
stage, come to that. However that is what the
your walk, bear in mind that considerable areas of the
Bowland Fells were used by the army as a firing range
and there may be unexploded shells.
goes on to say what to do if you have found a suspicious
device and have survived to tell the tale.
was no such danger at our start point, the Black Bull
at Brookhouse (Caton). We were looking forward
to returning there, safely, for a late lunch. We
were also looking forward to seeing fine autumnal colours.
In that respect we were not disappointed.
Capelli had had difficulty finding a permissive off-road
route to the moors and opted instead to march along
Littledale Road climbing steadily towards the moors.
Ironically, the one bit of off-road he chose, we decided
to ignore as it looked rather muddy after the recent
heavy rain. It didnít matter because both road
and track met up again just before reaching the Fostal
Bridge over Artle
Beck. We crossed this and, almost immediately,
Udale Bridge then carried on up a tarmacked
private road to Bellhill Farm.
Mr Capelli heads off over the moors and I donít understand
why. To be more precise (as he was travelling north)
he came down from over the moors, but I still donít
understand why. In choosing that wild, exposed
route he missed some really interesting countryside
and, importantly given the nature of the book, a relatively
major aqueduct plus a Pipeline Gate and other related
was not long after the farm that we entered open fell
and found the warning about shells. To put your
mind at rest I will state the obvious. No, we didnít
see or hear any shells, let alone pick one up or step
terrain was at times difficult. Tracks with slippery
stones, plenty of mud and wet grass. However,
when not having to watch foot placements, there were
both near and distant views to enjoy, albeit the weather
wasnít as good as when we set off.
we reached the viaduct / aqueduct, Ottergear Bridge.
Unfortunately, it was
to take a full picture of the structure due to foliage
being in the way but it was certainly a feature that
should have featured in the book. Just round the
corner from it (but not on our route) I discovered a
small quarry that was being used by a family as a picnic
spot. Well worth a visit at a later date, with
the grandchildren perhaps.
there, it was a pleasant, heathery walk with more distant
views, returning to the
car that we had left at the Rigg Lane parking area.
drive back to
Brookhouse was along a narrow, winding, steep road.
Sadly, The Black Bull was a big disappointment.
No food being served. We had a drink but
its interior didnít live up to its external promise.
Better luck next time- Ian has something special
lined up for us when we reach Dolpinholme.
Sunday 20th October 2019
Yes, that really was Blackpool Tower!
pictures from Ian: