: Suitable For The Guests!
27th July 2011
Mike thought that today's
outing could prove suitable for some of his guests. As
there is, therefore, a possibility that this report might
be brought to the attention of those staying at the
House Hotel, perhaps
a few words of warning are needed at the outset for
any readers unfamiliar with the BOOTboys.
be aware that this is not a detailed guide
designed for you to follow but an account bordering
on fact of our coverage of the territory described plus
references to other related or unrelated aspects. However, it
should give you a general impression of what you might
encounter. With a decent map and compass (or a
good g.p.s.) and the knowledge of how to use them (it),
you should be able to follow our steps or something
reasonably close and hopefully have an enjoyable expedition!
And if you want to tell us of your experiences,
you can contact us by clicking on . Or let Mike (the hotel owner) know.
Linthwaite House Hotel
was a somewhat artificial constraint applied to our
route although I don't think it made much difference.
As only two weeks ago (see BB1119)
had walked back from Lakeside to Linthwaite over Gummers
How, as far as possible, we wanted to avoid going over
the same terrain. I planned a route that ensured that
apart from the start and finish half mile, it was all
new territory. Unfortunately I forgot to take
my map and route with us! Not the only navigational
disaster of the day, however.
fact, there is a short and a long version of this outing,
as will become clear. John only intended to do
the first half of the route, anticipating that his leg
would not survive the full round. Consequently
we left his car at Bowland Bridge and Roger drove John
and me to Linthwaite. At least that was the intention
but when we found ourselves dropping down to Lake Windermere
with a clear view over to Lakeside and the estuary we had an even clearer
view that something had gone wrong. We were at
the south end of the lake, not the middle. Well,
those little lanes can be very confusing. Consequently,
our ultimate arrival at Linthwaite was rather later
than it should have been. Still, Mike had some
good sausages awaiting for us to scoff and then off
walk was through pleasant countryside and was fairly
uneventful initially apart from John wanting me to photograph
an unusual chimney and Mike trying and failing to look
threatening with his bandana.
and its stables
once we passed Winster House and a tarn that does not
appear on the map, a big row broke out. Three
of us were sure that we were heading south as we needed
so to do. The fourth, who shall remain nameless
to protect his blushes, was convinced that we were 180
degrees incorrect and were headed north. He even
pulled out his compass to prove it, ignoring the fact
that our three compasses all proved the opposite. Unconvinced,
he sportingly followed us south!
Horse across the valley
tarn below Winster House
ford near Birks Bridge is interesting, though we cheated
and used the footbridge. Cars have no such option.
house we passed had a sort of press outside by the
log store, The lads were impressed(!) and wanted
me to photograph it. Unfortunately I can't now
remember what sort of press it was and why it was significant.
No doubt one of them will remind me!
we approached Bowland Bridge, the route was being defended
by a group of young bullocks. We were worried?
Not at all. You don't need to be able to
outrun the bullocks, just the person next to you and
three of us reckoned that we could outrun John.
Bowland Bridge an important decision had
to be made (unless you want to do the walk
twice). Where to eat?!
are two pubs in the village.
the hill is the Mason's
at Strawberry Bank which I fondly remember
from a visit in 1973 after climbing Coniston
Old Man in the
recall that the small lounge had settees,
a grandfather clock and a coal fire blazing
away and before long the soporific effect
meant that I was nodding off.
those days, it has had a big reputation
for its beers and more recently for its
Young Men 1973
in the valley is the 17th century coaching inn, Hare
& Hounds. Once owned by the footballer
Peter Thompson of Liverpool and England
fame, it has had
a number of metamorphoses over the years, for better
or seemingly more often for worse, but was recently
taken over by new management of which I had heard good
things. Mike confirmed that his experiences were
also positive so we decided to make that our half way
house (or, for John, the destination).
Arms or ....
Hare & Hounds?
As a precaution
we had pre-booked a table for lunch. As it happens,
we were there before the pub filled up but had we been
further delayed, we might otherwise have had to eat
outside which could have proved somewhat distressing
as it started to rain quite heavily.
order was simple- Beer plus Beefburger in a ciabatta
I had seen it looking good on their website and
Mike vouched for its tastiness. However, what
arrived was Beefburger in a bun. Run out of ciabatta
and, we were informed, they had not proved popular.
Shame! We can, however, vouch for the rest of the beefburger.
And the chips. Excellent!
& Beef burger!
eight, nine, ten Alpacas!
our lunch was finished, so had the rain. We said
farewell to John and the three of us who were walking
back to Linthwaite set off past an old car whose number
plate would be worth a lot more than the vehicle. Behind
was a field with Alpacas.
headed north along the minor roads
and into the Lambhow Plantation with its extremely well
way-marked path. There was a short
shower but, being in the trees, we hardly noticed. By
the time we emerged into bracken land, the rain had
rejoined the road near the Holy
at Winster, which we inspected,
inside and out, then continued on our way.
the valley we could see Winster House.
the end of the lane, on the main Lyth Valley road stands the Brown
Horse at Winster
but we resisted the temptation to stop for another pint.
I remember this pub from 1969, my first winter up here
staying in a cottage at Row in the Lyth Valley. It
was much smaller than it is now but featured a bar billiards
table. Being the Leeds University 1966 Mexico
Olympics Bar Billiards Champion (the only competition
of its ilk I ever won), I was delighted to see it. I
don't recall ever having seen another one (or even that
one) in a pub since.
Old Post Office 1600
the Brown Horse we had a choice of routes. My
original plan was to go up the minor road behind the
pub then drop back down to the main road where it joins
Lindeth Lane. The others favoured the more direct approach
to Lindeth Lane. Shorter, yes. Less hilly,
definitely. Busier, probably. And there
is no pavement! What there is, however, is a very
old post office- dated 1600!
on Lindeth Lane, Mike reassured me that he knew the
way back and I could stand down from navigational duties.
We successfully worked our way round Lindeth
with its Victorian post box (photographed
Shortly afterwards Mike realised that we were no longer
approaching Linthwaite from the bridle path but would
have to join the Kendal road and then drop down in order to climb
the hotel drive.
He explained that this detour had been
designed to ensure that our outing reached double figures
in mileage terms.
He was right.
Victorian post box
Linthwaite from below
view from Linthwaite terrace
we sat on the Linthwaite terrace drinking tea, we reflected
on what a good walk it had been. Quite different
to a Lakeland outing and not one with extensive mountain
or lake views but a pleasant stroll through varied countryside
with an enjoyable break at the midpoint.
28th July 2011
climbed in feet:
& Hounds, Bowland Bridge
Don, John PL, Mike, Roger T
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