to Gale Road Car Park (and back)
started preparing this report in my normal way by calling
up the last one with the intention of renaming it then
editing out the old information and replacing it with
the latest. However, on opening CW08,
I was immediately struck by the difference in the weather.
Ten weeks ago, it had been a beautiful sunny but
cold afternoon. Today, according to the forecasts,
it should again have been a beautiful sunny but cold
afternoon with crystal clear views of snowy hills. Only
the weather gods didn't quite follow the script.
was decidedly grey as we drove up through
the Lakes to Keswick and it felt as if it
might snow at any time.
havered for a short while in the car park
before deciding to make the effort. Even
so, had it really started to snow, I think
we might not have got past the shops.
it didn't and we did.
made our way up to Fitz Park and tried to
find the exit for the way.
route marking here is atrocious.
Park War Memorial
marker, partly covered by a planning application notice
pointing in an uncertain direction and with no follow
the Cicerrone guide made better sense and we found our
way out of Keswick onto Spooner Green Lane and up the
steepish track to the Ewe How view point.
Green Lane with Skiddaw and Latrigg ahead
the obligatory photo-stop we carried on up to the Gale
Road car park.
How View Point
two miles of it.
is all that about?" I hear you wonder. "All
that way for just two miles?"
yes and no.
because it unlocks the logistics of the next stage,
enabling us to use the Gale Road Car Park, for, believe
or not, parking the car.
Way forward from Gale Road Car Park
because we could now take in Latrigg and return a different
way to Keswick.
looks quite big from Keswick (though obviously dwarfed
by Skiddaw and friends). However, from the Gale Road
Car Park it is accesible by a limited mobility path.
This provides an even track with a very easy gradient
which could probably be tackled by a wheelchair.
views are quite spectacular although it was bitterly
cold and not a day for lurking around.
degrees- click on photo for enlarged 360 degree panarama
other 180 degrees- click on photo for enlarged 360 degree
bagged Latrigg as a needed Wainwright, we descended
by the more conventional north east path to Bruntholme
near which, now out of the wind, we had a very late
lunch. There was a fine view of Blencathra and
the Cumbria Way winding left before it and a suitable spot for
a team photo with Latrigg behind.
Way forward, left of Blencathra
photo in front of Latrigg
dropped down to the old railway line.
is now a footpath with some interesting
old bridges and a strange Millenium statue.
trundled back to Keswick past the station,
which is now part of the Keswick Hotel.
the railway, with bridge
erstwhile Railway station
nearly managed to avoid the temptation of the shops.
Margaret however was drawn into the last one in
town- a picture shop. I decided to read the adverts
in the KE Adventure office next door (I think this is
the firm with which Bryan goes on his thrill seeking
tours- Atlas mountains coming soon). She was promptly
locked in. Then kicked out. Apparently it
was a very nice shop but the needs of the assistant
to close and get back to her warm fireside saved my
wallet from a pounding. As a reward, I offered
Margaret eight days snowshoeing at Chamonix but she
in all, despite only accomplishing two miles of the
Cumbria Way, the added six miles and hill made it a real walk and one well worth repeating
on a summer's evening- when there might be some washing
to photograph. Not surprisingly, there was none
to be seen today.
7th February 2009
day before this walk, we undertook a training
exercise from Ambleside via Low Sweden Bridge
to High Sweden Bridge then down the other
side of the valley. On reaching the
outskirts of Ambleside we saw a strange
ruin, pictured here. It seemed to
be in the grounds of a rather fine house
called Eller How but we could not find out
was going to ask if you could identify the
building or its purpose but first thought
I should google for it and immediately discovered
that it is for sale, if you have a spare
of Beauty and Friendship
is the story of Eller
as per the estate agents.
Originally built by local builders as a small
country house, Eller How has a distinguished history. It was purchased in 1851
by the Clough family. Arthur Hugh Clough, the English romantic poet, lived here
and his sister Anne Jemima Clough, first principal of Newman College Cambridge,
established a small school for girls at Eller How. The school introduced
progressive ideas on teaching and learning and became significant in the
development of child-centred education in Britain. Signs of the school can still
be evidenced today in the boot-room and through the shape of a door in the
present garden room.
The house was purchased by the Boyle family in 1862. The
Boyles were prominent figures in the Potteries where John Boyle was a partner in
the then 'Wedgwood and Boyle' factory. His son Henry, a typical Victorian
dilettante and eccentric, was a keen botanist with a passion for landscape
gardening. It was his ambitious schemes that gave the gardens at Eller How their
present day character. He specialised in rockeries and tropical plants obtained
from friends at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew. He built egg-timer ponds,
rustic bridges, flights of stone steps, a fernery, where tree ferns and orchids
grew inside an impressive glass house, kept crocodiles in heated ponds, dug
underground caves and built what has become known locally as the 'Tower of
Beauty and Friendship'. Built on a high mound at the top of the garden, the
tower stands as an elaborate 19th century visitors' book. The names of friends
who stayed at Eller How, including the Wordsworths, the Arnolds, Harriet
Martineau and other womens' suffrage supporters were carved into bricks built
into the face of the tower and can be clearly seen today.
Henry's son Harry
Boyle became a significant figure in the late 19th and early 20th century
British Diplomatic Service, and his biography, 'A Servant of the Empire,'
written by his wife Clara and published in 1936 by Methuen, provides much more
detail about the house and garden in the two chapters devoted to the Boyles life
at Eller How. The family owned the house until Clara's death in 1962.
year 2000 Channel 4 Television produced a one hour documentary, presented by
Monty Don, in their 'Lost Gardens' series, where the fernery, the underground
caves, additional ponds and an ancient home-made water heating boiler were
re-discovered. A video of the programme can be obtained from Channel 4 and
account of its making found in Jennifer Potter's book of the series.
57.6 miles cumulative
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the progress of
Don and Margaret
along the Cumbria Way.
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for an enlargement or related large
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: