Thirlmere got to do with it?
before dropping down into Keswick
would think that by November, Keswick would be a pretty
quiet place if not entirely a quiet, pretty place. Not
so on 1st November this year. It was heaving.
At the car park near the Theatre on the Lake,
there was not a place to be had. Drivers cruising
round desperately. I thought we might be able
to park on the slipway but, we were informed, that was
permits only and "they" were very strict.
The even bigger problem was that the ferries were
not stopping at High and Low Brandlehow due to storm
damage. That meant we would have to add two miles
to our journey by alighting at Lodore Falls. That
might not have been too serious except that if we couldn't
find a parking place soon, we would miss the 1 p.m.
ferry and there was a risk that we would run out of
daylight. Returning to the town centre, it was just
as crowded in the big central car park and also at that
by the bus station. True, it was a Saturday- the
last of half term- and the sun was shining and we were
not exactly early birds. Keswick was over-whelmed
and we were not going to be able to continue on our
Way today. Mission aborted, return south, have a picnic
in the car and a walk alongside Thirlmere instead.
looking North from near Bull Crag
is an underrated lake. Possibly due to its artificial
creation as Manchester's water supply, possibly due
to the fact that until recently, it was difficult to
see much of it from the main road and possibly because
it is difficult to incorporate its banks into a sensible
route without also having to cope with some very boggy
is, I discovered later, a 10 mile, 1,400 foot of climbing
walk around the lake using permissive footpaths. Or
there is the 555 bus. Get off at Wythburn, walk
on the permissive footpaths on the west side of the
lake, around the top then down to the King's Head at
Thirlspot and, in due course, catch another 555 home.
Or pick up your car.
that this is what we did- but it does seem a possibility
for future reference. Instead we did a partial
recce! We parked at Launchy Gill, Armboth on
the west side and walked along the lake, south, as far
as Rough Crag and then back along the very quiet road. This
is a much better lakeside walk than on
CW02, along Coniston Water.
The Hellvelyn hills
make a far more interesting back drop, especially with
the fine autumn colours and snow covered tops.
meets Winter on the fells
never realised that there was a hotel, Dalehead Hall, overlooking
Thirlmere. It is well hidden from the road!
picture on a bridge
at the car we watched two canoers (canouists? canousters?)
packing up. One had a Canadian type that went
on the top of his car. The other had a Kayak that
came to pieces. The frame was made of aluminium
sections and the whole packed up like a tent. Very
light and portable. It looks to me as if it were
a Foldbot- an American product that features on its
website a photo of Allan Brannon in a green "Yukon"
in the English Lake Distinct. Perhaps it was him?
up the kayak
yes, we did spot some washing- at Causeway Foot!
1st November 2008
Normal Service regarding Cumbria Way will be resumed
as soon as possible.
But that might be many weeks
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the progress of
Don and Margaret
along the Cumbria Way.
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Ulverston to Blawith
Blawith to Coniston
Skelwith Bridge to
the Old Dungeon Ghyll
Old Dungeon Ghyll to Rosthwaite
got to do with it?
to Gale Road Car Park (and back)
seen by Margaret: