: Low Hesket to Carleton (Carlisle)
15th October 2013
was intended to be the last stage of the Millerís Way,
finishing in Carlisle. Last time out we ended
at Low Hesket, having left the official route just outside
Southwaite in order to catch the bus back. In theory
I suppose that, today, we should have alighted at Low Hesket
and made our way back to Southwaite. However,
firstly we are not slaves to the Way, as previously
(and subsequently) demonstrated and, secondly, it had
not been the most exciting walk from the Way to the
bus. Consequently, we asked the bus driver to
drop us off a bit further north, so that we could pass
Barrock Park and rejoin the Way by Raughton Gill. Even
here, we pioneered a somewhat different route to Ellerton
Grange, following which we stuck strictly to orders.
Birkthwaite House we met a farmer who, when we told
him we were doing the Millerís Way, said something that
we had heard several times before: "Never
heard of it". This is despite the fact that
it goes through his land and past his house. It
is perhaps understandable. On this stretch there
are precious few MW markers. And we have not met
anyone else on or off the Way who had heard of it.
dayís highlight, for me at least, was Wreay. Unfortunately
the pub is closed on Tuesdays but we knew that in advance
so had brought butties which we had already eaten near
the bridge by Petteril Crook's Mill.
Wreay it is very attractive
small village with a stunning church, St Mary's,
reminiscent of a latter-day Templars' Church.
next stretch of the Way, wandering through the wood
by the river, is also very attractive although the trees
prevented decent photo opportunities. We followed
the Petteril all the way to Carleton, on the edge of the
city. Here we had a dilemma. Should we be
purists and continue through the back streets of Carlisle
or should simply catch the bus from the Carlisle town
boundary to the centre where we would touch the market
cross for fulfillment?
fact we did neither. After waiting about 40 minutes,
during which time two buses should have appeared but
didn't, we spotted one going in the opposite direction.
A quick decision was made to jump on it and head
to Penrith where, in front of a fire featuring a demonic,
dylanesque face wearing dark glasses, we celebrated our achievement with
tasty if somewhat over-battered
tapas in the George Hotel.
have we completed the Way? Margaret and Ian think
so. Cynthia and I felt a little unfulfilled that
we hadnít touched the market cross. Margaret said
she would let me do that if I took her there on a shopping
trip. All of a sudden, the trip did seem fulfilled.
And, thanks to the George, my belly certainly was
on the seven stages, what are my conclusions?
is different, a route that we had never previously
contemplated and despite the occasional marker,
one about which no-one to whom we have spoken knew.
spacing the walk out over the course of the year
we have experienced all sorts of weather conditions
from freezing snow to bright sunshine.
route from Kendal to Penrith is through lovely countryside that we
already knew fairly well but was certainly worth
the effort to revisit.
Penrith until reaching the River Petterill, the
Way passes through pleasant countryside
made more interesting by the fact that it was previously
unknown to us.
is special and merited the visit, as did the riverside
walk to the outskirts of Carlisle.
an overview, it was a good expedition that gave us
motivation to see parts of the country that otherwise
we might not have done and we very much enjoyed the experience.
our thanks to John Dodgson Carr who made the first
journey, to his successors at Carr's who commissioned
the commemorative walk, to Stan Benson, Mable Little,
Tony Iles and others who wrote the guide and, most of
all, to Ian and Cynthia (plus Brora) for being our companions
on The Miller's Way. Without you, our journey
would not have happened.
15th October 2013
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