Wednesday, 27th January 2010




Walk: Stoops Bridge at Abbeystead, Catshaw Hall, Weir at Abbeystead Reservoir
Start Point: Stoops Bridge Grid Reference: SD 563 543
Distance: 8.2 miles Ascent: 900 feet
Time: 4.75 hours    
Weather: Very dull, damp and misty, some light rain.
Comments: 15 walkers set off heading west up the hill before we took to the fields to Abbeystead Church and on past Lentworth Hall down to Long Bridge over the River Wyre. Following the Wyre Way through the woods and then along the fields above the Wyre towards Dolphinholme, but heading south east before reaching Dolphinholme, to Stonehead Farm and lunch by one of the many ruins. The mist was now thick and we were unable to appreciate the view. On the recce we were able to see as far as Heysham Power Station. It was then north past Swainshead Hall and on to Catshaw Hall with its Gold Medal, awarded for the creativity of their farm gate. It was hand made by the family from old tools kept in their barn. After Cam Clough we arrived at the spectacular weir at Abbeystead Reservoir. A short walk along the reservoir took us back to Stoops Bridge.

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We set off from Stoops Bridge


View of Abbeystead Reservoir from the road


Group at Abbeystead Church


Lentworth Hall


River Wyre . . .


which we cross over Long Bridge


Group leaves Mark Holme Wood


Coffee stop at an old barn on the Wyre Way above the river


A bright colour on a dull day


A misty perspective


Lunch stop in the mist . . .


at another ruin


A Gold Medal Gate . . .


at Catshaw Farm


Cam Clough with water worn bedrock . . .


and we cross over Cam Brook


Weir at Abbeystead Reservoir . . .


rushing water

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