: Kendal to Bannisdale
suspect that if John Dodgson Carr (JDC for future reference)
had intended to set out on his long walk to set up a
bakery in Carlisle on a day like today, then after pulling
back the curtains he would have leapt back into bed
and uttered something like “Carlisle can wait” or “Let
Them Eat Cake”.
the cold, cloudy conditions with a fresh smattering
of snow on the ground did not deter us. After
doing the two car shuffle, leaving one at the Selside
Community Centre. just above Bannisdale, we (i.e. Ian
& Cynthia plus Brora, Margaret and I) posed for
the inaugural photo, at the correct place- i.e. the
War Memorial in Kendal Market Place
through the market place, we trod, across the River
Kent, heading out of town, passing on the way several
old buildings that would have been familiar to JDC. No
doubt there were some of which he would not have approved!
bearing in mind that JDC was a staunch Quaker, I forgot
to take a picture of the one he most certainly
would have approved- the Quaker Meeting House. Consequently
I have "borrowed" one from its Tapestry
Exhibition website. Hope they don't mind. Click
on the picture to see details of the exhibition.
1657 Chocolate House
Duke of Cumberland Inn
reaching the River Mint, we left the road and followed
its left bank for a while before heading up to Dodding
sign at the entrance suggests this to be a Catholic
Church but it doesn't look like one. It seems
to be acountry retreat where young men are helped to
to rebuild their lives after drug addiction. You can
read about this at Cenacolo
Sadly, Once again, I have had to "borrow"
aphoto but I hope they will forgive me in return for
the minor piece of publicity that will be gained by
clicking on the picture. I did take the picture
of the unusual seats and the tiny statue of the Virgin
in a wall.
ar Dodding Green
Hall Farm was not what I expected. Rather than
a charming ancient building was a charming new development
of rather nice small houses. Tucked away behind,
was a somewhat nondescript old farmhouse.
sheep near Skelsmergh Hall
nearly went wrong on the next section because I could
not see Skelsmergh Tarn. Looking back over previous
reports, that ought not to have been a surprise. For
describes it as being "not that visible, hidden
away behind hedgrows across a field". Why should
it be any clearer when frozen and covered in
snow? It just looked like a field to me. Fortunately
Cynthia had better judgement.
Otter Bank the route lay along Dry Lane
Lane, looking back towards Kendal
distant Benson Knott
ground became increasingly snow covered and just before
arriving at Selside school there was a rather tricky
stream to ford. We arrived at the school just
after their lunch break so I was looking forward to
us having our lunch break on the Millennium seats (see
Unfortuanly my companions were worried that I
might be thought a potential child molester so I was
forced to be refreshed whilst standing in its car park.
we walked north from here, the day became sunnier and
the snow deeper, with the distant Howgills looking quite
fine snowy specimen
was one little hiccup at Cooper House where
we strayed into the farm yard. When
we asked about the Miller Way, the old farmer
denied all knowledge of it despite having
lived there for all his seventy plus years.
He did, howver, indicate that the
footpath was where we thought it should
be. Footpath is not exactly the right
word. It was more a narrow and uncertain
channel between wall and snowdrifts, interspersed
with high ladder stiles that challenged
Brora if not all of us at times.
more fine specimens.....
copes with the drifts.....
find the going getting tricker
but Ian eats snow!
as the drifts go deeper, the car park got nearer and
we were able to complete the first stage without anything
untoward having happened.
of the first stage
on the Way so far:
descriptions were generally good, just occasionally
suffered somewhat from the common fault
of not giving distances between instructions
so you often have no idea whether the next
is in 10 yards or two miles. It was
easier to preplot the route and then follow
importantly it took us through lovely, gentle
rolling countryside with fine distant views,
especially of the Howgills. A good
taster for the next slice.
22nd January 2013
kindly forwarded these bonus pictures, below and bottom
22nd January 2013
(Memory Map / OS)
climbed in feet:
(Memory Map / OS)
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