FW08: Low Wood
to Lowick Bridge
3rd June 2011
to family commitments, Cynthia had to drop out of today's
stage. Fortunately Ian was still keen to come
along, thereby keeping going the two car logistical
and I had actually done rather more than half of this
walk before when undertaking the Cumbria Coastal
Path- see CCP08:
Low Wood to Ulverston.
as well as it turned out..
house across field near start
by the river
in the River Leven
Vader in the woods
so much wood now!
first navigational error was when we emerged from Roudsea
Wood and for some inexplicable reason we headed north
rather than west. Not that it mattered that much,
view of Dow Crag and Coniston Old Man
and their dog
next error I am blaming on the passage of time. Or
the author's vagueness as to what "A few yards" actually
means. I just followed the path I could see and
ended up at the north end of Greenodd's High Street,
rather than its south end. Fortunately for Margaret
and me, but not Ian, we had deliberately altered the
route on CCP08
to divert through Greenodd so what we missed, we had
we arrived at Penny Bridge, first Ian spotted a drive
with a little bit of a problem! Then he told us
the tale of how awful the village pub was. He
called in one time and ordered a pie which turned out
to be filled with monosodium glutamate and little else.
He got no sympathy from the disinterested
80 year old barman and vowed never to return. In
the circumstances, it is perhaps not surprising that
the Brittania is now closed and up for sale. A
neighbour expressed the hope that it would be turned
into a private rather than public house.
lives up a drive like this?
rules no more
crossing the River Crake at Bridge End,
we did as the guide book suggested and took
the second path down into the fields near
warned of difficulties and that it might
not be feasible to follow the official footpath.
it failed to warn of the bulls that were
gathered around the rise in the field looking
forward to an interesting charge.
beat a strategic retreat below the mill
race and went round by the road instead.
Spark Bridge we crossed back over the river and followed
a path to Lowick Green that was perfectly pleasant for
those with long trousers but increasingly fraught for
those of us whose legs were exposed not just to the
sun but now to the nettles.
north toward Spark Bridge
south at Spark Bridge
Coniston range from Lowick Green
some minor uncertainty in navigating the fields near
Esps Farm we picked up the path that runs directly to
the church where the village hall has one of the best
designed solar panels I have seen.
announced that sadly the manufacturer had recently gone
Church, Community Hall & Solar Panels
there, it was a short stretch to the Red Lion, a Robinson's
house- my home town brewery although there were no Ginger
Toms or Dizzy Blondes in my day.
3rd June 2011
climbed in feet:
5,966 in total
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