CCP02: Levens Bridge
to Gilpin Bridge
9th September 2009
was always going to be a bit of a challenge but it seemed
too good an opportunity to miss. The Yaris had
to go in to the Toyota garage in Grange-over-Sands for
a factory recall and that happened to be the logical
end point of the next stage of the Cumbria Coastal Path.
So two cars went to Grange, one came back and
we intended to walk back to collect the other. However
this stage would be a good 10 miles and by the time
Margaret had finished her chores, it would need a steady
pace to get there before the garage closed. Nonetheless
she was game to try.
parked up at Levens Bridge and as she was putting on
her boots there was an ominous shriek. Too much
weeding had affected her back and in twisting around
at the back of the car, Margaret felt something give.
Would she be able to cope with the demands of
a 10 mile route march?
wanted to give it ago and so we set off. The first
part was a bit of a jungle through the wood by the edge
of the River Kent. This changed to a narrow footpath
between a hedge and a fence that was overgrown with
glad I was that I had put my thick trousers on. Unfortunately,
Margaret was wearing her peddle pushers with exposed
calves and, coupled with the lack of flexibility caused
by her back, she found this long stretch hard going.
out on the minor road, things were much
reaches of the Kent were looking good although,
sadly, Levens Hall could not be seen.
we could admire Low Levens Farm, a very
old building with its full complement of
massive Westmorland chimneys.
seemed to have been built alongside, if
not within the curtilage of, an even older
only it had some washing out," said
then, on rounding the corner, her wish came
to spot in the photo but no doubt it will
be much clearer once painted!
could see Whitbarrow Scar ahead and the
village of Levens across the fields with
the distant lakeland hills beyond.
and the distant lakeland hills
Sampool we met a man and his rather large and unusual
dog. It transpired that I had misread the map (I blame
it on using the 1:50k rather than the much clearer 1:25k
which, for this area, I don't have on my computer) and
we were heading the wrong way. It also transpired
that he was involved with the caravan site and the windsock
in the field was for travelling between their five sites
by helicopter. The dog, Paco, was a Spanish Deer
Hound that had a penchant for marijuana!
reaching Gilpin Bridge (which is what the pub is called
but the map says Sampool Bridge) we had a decision to
make. We had completed just over two of our ten
miles and were behind schedule. One option was
to take an easy return route across the land reclaimed
from the sea back to Levens and the car. Alternatively
we could press on but there would be no escape if Margaret's
back problems increased.
was relieved when she chose the return. With all
time pressures removed we could stop to examine
the sluice gates, find the path marked by the totem
pole and then enjoy a leisurely and sunny lunch by the
River Gilpin with open views to the Lake District Hills
up the Lyth Valley.
Bridge sluice gates
pole makrs the way
don't know what went wrong with the team photo. Somehow
the exposure worked much better without us!
exposed team photo.....
dyke with Levens behind
was a pleasant stroll across the reclaimed land, through
the one-time seaside village of Levens where St
has a most unusual outside ground level opensided bell
house. Or is there a proper name for this arrangement?
across the bridge over the A591 there was a good view
of the distinctive Lawrence House Farm before reaching
the car at Levens Bridge.
with driveway shadows
out of our 4.7 miles walked, we had only completed 2
miles or so of the Coastal Path but that makes the next
section to Grange so much easier, once Margaret's back
9th September 2009
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the progress of
Don and Margaret
Cumbria Coastal Path.
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for an enlargement or related large
Levens Bridge to
Gilpin Bridge to
and back to Cark
Cark to Speel Bank
(plus a Cistercian Way sampler)
Low Wood via Bigland Tarn
CCP08: Low Wood
Ulverston to Bardsea
Bardsea to Newbiggin
Newbiggin to Roa Island
seen by Margaret: