new year, a new route to follow.
so-called Furness Way although it spends
the majority of its time in old Westmorland or Cumberland
rather than Furness. But then, by incoporating a part
of Furness into its route, this Way combines with the
Westmorland and Cumberland Ways to make a giant Cumbria
in Arnside, the Furness Way will eventually reach Ravenglass.
Officially, it is 75 miles but that is if it is
to the Furness Way!
Our plan is to tackle
it in easy stages over a much more relaxed time frame,
inevitably meaning rather longer mileage in total.
Arnside to Milnthorpe
19th January 2011
strange has been happening to my body lately. There
hot flushes, cold flushes and brief mental confusion
hallucination. Then, after less than a minute, all
is well again. After various blood tests, the
doctor put it down to a virus and it seemed to disappear.
However, it returned a few days ago and led to
me having to pull out of our normal BOOTboys
walk. Would it interfere with the softer option
of a new set of walks with Margaret- the Furness
Way? Only one way to find out.
temperature was only just above freezing when we left
Margaret's car at Milnthorpe and made our way over to
Arnside, parking on the promenade, close to the pier.
There was a bit of cloud about but basically a
lovely winter's day.
view from Arnside Pier
Furness Way climbs up through the village, as if heading
south, before leaving the main road by the Catholic
church and heading east to cross the railway then continuing
across the fields to Hazelslack.
Arnside to Storth and beyond
and the fields
Furness Way briefly
meets up with the Westmorland Way before turning north,
past the Tower (although I think we went slightly wrong)
and through the wood-surrounded fields.
we reached the back road from Storth to Beetham and
a strange roadside marker stating SJDC (or possibly
SUDC) 1870 No. 2. Any one got any ideas what this
Afternote at end of report]
haerbrack and Dallam Tower estate
the summit, a path emerged on the left passing Wray
Cott (with its Buddha) and then Haverbrack before emerging
in the Dallam Tower estate.
yard ripe for development!
Tower looked splendid as we paraded across its Deer
Park, emerging onto the road just outside Milnthorpe.
The Furness Way cuts up to the west of the village,
climbing to a fine vantage point to look both backwards
and forwards from Park Hill.
Knott and Arnside from Park Hill
and the Lake District from Park Hill
Here we left the Way as I had a
different agenda henceforth! But first we had
to head down into Milnthorpe, past the Folly and the
my father was 17 or thereabouts, he had a nervous breakdown
and was sent from Stockport to Milnthorpe to convalesce.
Over the years, he would talk about his stay at the house
with the brass knocker which was on the road from the
railway station but we were never able to identify which
house it might have been. Nothing seemed to fit.
Then one day I was talking to a friend who asked
which railway station did I mean? I replied- the
one that used to be by Libby's on the road to Crooklands.
My friend then asked if I was sure that it hadn't
been the halt at Heversham? That had never occurred
to me; the line is discontinued and I hadn't known there had been a
halt but suddenly
it all made sense. We had been on the wrong road;
we should have looked on Church Street.
today, we did just that and found four possibilities.
Of course, what had a brass knocker in 1924 could
well not now but at least I am confident about the
row of houses involved and, who knows, I maight be able
to find out more from the 1911 census data.
discovery in Minthorpe was an artists' shop behind the
Cross Keys public house. Amazing what you find when
you walk rather than drive. We then returned to
the car and to Arnside for a well earned hot drink and
cake in one of the shops on the front, just round the
corner from my old flat.
Albion and my old flat, far right
in all, it was good start to the new venture and, I
am pleased to report, that whilst the problems described
in the opening paragraph remained present, they did not
prevent our enjoyment of the day.
19th January 2011
Nine years after writing the report, out of the
blue came an email from a lady called Pam Davies of
Silverdale. She wrote to remind me that my report
had posed the question "a strange roadside marker stating SJDC (or possibly
SUDC) 1870 No. 2. Any one got any ideas what this means?"
had found this website while trying to solve a mystery, and
kindly wrote to tell me:
same question was raised recently to the Mourholme Local History Society, and
the answer is apparently SJDC= St James Diocese of Carlisle - ie the parish of
9 years on, we have the answer. I would never have guessed that!
climbed in feet:
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