: Eamont Bridge to Plumpton
may remember (though why should you?) that on our last
Miller's Way outing, MW04,
we finished up at the wrong place because we walked
further than expected and beyond the instructions I
had with me. To be specific, we failed to cross
the river in the Lowther estate, thereby finishing at
Clifton rather than at Eamont Bridge.
What should we do today?
on regardless from Clifton even though that would
mean one and a half miles of dangerous road slog?
back to Lowther and do the job properly?
recognise that this is not the first time that,
for various reasons, we have not stuck religiously
to the route in the book which, anyway, is not always
the route taken by John Carr? Furthermore,
he didn't walk all the way so why should we?
prevailed and the interesting village of Eamont Bridge
was where we kicked off, this time with the addition
of Ian and Cynthia's dog, Brora.. There is a lot
to see round here including two ancient mounds and two
medieval castles but we were on a mission and, apart
from a cursory glance at King Arthur's Round Table,
all those delights will have to wait for a separate
event (or read Tony's
Other Woman instead).
of the houses carry a date over the door or sometimes
am still trying to work out the relevance of year MMDCCXVIII
(2,718) although St Google tells me that there is an
Aberdeen architect with that set of letters in its title!
our mission did soon come to a halt. Or perhaps
"Pause" is a better description. In Penrith.
For a coffee stop at No.15 after a whole mile!
refreshed, we passed through the centre of Penrith,
following which we had some difficulty with the directions.
The names of the roads on paper did not correspond
with the names of the roads on their signs. Coupled
with the fact that what is described as a pub called
the Bull is now an Indian restaurant called Taste of
Bengal plus the establishment of the Thacka Beck Nature
Reserve and the advent of several recently constructed
buildings on a new industrial site (including a Greggies
pie factory), it is small wonder that our Way was a
little different to that intended. If only distances
were recorded we might have fared better. Ditto
if I had realised I was using a 1:50k map rather
than a 1:25K !
we did eventually manage to recover the Way
next section, to Catterlan, was a long, pleasant, narrowing,
old track then across stream and bullock field before
emerging at the hamlet The only downside was the
constant albeit low level noise from the nearby motorway.
Catterlan, I decided that the route description took
an unnecessary and unpleasant route across the motorway
roundabout whereas the OS map showed a minor road passing
under it. Well, it might have passed under when
the map was printed but not no more. We had to retrace
our steps and do as we were told.
with the prospect of a forthcoming road slog and the
added concern about not being able to have a finishing
pint, we adopted a different road slog to the Stoneybeck
Inn where we had a very pleasant lunch out in the sunshine.
Fish cakes & chips plus proper beer made with
Australian hops, if that is not a contradiction in terms.
had decided to finish at Plumpton (a little off-piste
but there is a bus stop there). However, we didn't fancy
the A6 so found a different and rather more pleasant
minor road that brought us back on Way betwixt M6 and
railway, eventually reaching a railway sign for The
Pot Place, a very oddball garden centre.
through Brockley Moor, we noticed a large
memorial plaque on a garden wall stating:
Constable Joseph Byrnes fell
night of October 20 1885,
shot by the
three Netherby burglars
whom he single
endeavoured to arrest
here it was just a short stroll to Plumpton where we
had half an hour to wait before the bus back to Penrith
should arrive. I decided that I would use the
time profitably by explrong the local church which has
what looked like an interesting tower. Just as
I was about to cross the road, a bus rolled up. It
was the previous one running late so St
John the Evangelist's
and its pele-like tower await a future visit.
back in Penrith, we retraced our steps back to the car
but contrary to what I had earlier expected, there was
time for pint in the Beehive.
summary, it was a pleasant day out but not the most
exciting terrain- too much road work and motorway noise.
Neither a problem for Mr Carr, of course!
one of life's conincidences, I was driving through Plumpton
the very next day and had chance to look around St John
the Evangelist's Church. The gravedigger was hard
at work and fortunately not for me. The church
is very simple internally in the local early 20th century
style but the tower is somewhat anachronistic. It
almost looks like a Pele Tower but not quite.
the photos of the previous church and assuming that
had been on the same site, the pele is psuedo, not original,
but why it should have been built in that fashion is
a mystery to me.
15th July 2013
climbed in feet:
(Memory Map / OS)
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