Sunday, 13th June 2010

   

            

 

Walk: Sprint Mill, Oak Bank, Otter Bank, Bouthwaite, Selside, Garnett Bridge, Potter Fell, High Underbarrow, Sprint Mill, Burneside.
Start Point: Burneside (Paper mill car park) Grid Reference: SD 505 959
Distance: 11.5 miles Ascent: 1,590 feet
Time: 6.5 hours    
Weather: Overcast, showers, warm and brightening in the late afternoon. (A typical summerís day)
Comments: The walk started in the car park of James Cropper plc which has been in existence for over 160 years. They manufacture low volumes of high quality paper, some of which, which can be purchased from their shop on site!
Thirteen people joined our leader and his son, who is on holiday from his work in Switzerland and is missing the English weather. Leaving Burneside the outward route was by a messy dog walkerís path to Sprint Mill which abuts the River Sprint. From the mill the leader took us along the Dales Way to Burton House on the A6. The A6 was relatively quiet considering that before the advent of the M6 motorway this was a very busy main route to Scotland from the south. Whilst on the Dales Way we came across a farm where friendly goats and hens roamed the farm yard. However, as you entered the yard there was a polite notice inviting you to make your own drink etc in one of the outbuildings. In return, one was asked to provide a donation. Heading north of our crossing point the A6 starts to climb towards the summit at Shap village before descending to Penrith. Now on the east side of the A6 we continued along lanes, green lanes, through floral meadows and over numerous types of stile through undulating countryside. Stopping on the way for refreshments it was a pleasant sight to see so many mature isolated trees in the meadowlands. Turning north our route took us via Otter Bank and on to a green lane known as Dry Lane. Unfortunately by this time it did not live up to its name because as we ascended the lane the rain descended steadily from the sky above. Having left the lane the group took shelter on the leeward side of a wall to partake of soggy sandwiches and hot coffee etcetera. Shortly after lunch the group passed a remote school near Brackenrigg Side near Selside. The lanes are quite narrow here and rare traffic signs indicated that School Buses be given priority. Skirting around the church at Selside we re-crossed the A6 to reach Garnett Bridge by descending a narrow and slippery path. This picturesque hamlet (on a sunny day) was left behind as we started to zig zag up one of our leader's forgotten steep hills towards Potter Fell. Having recovered from the ascent our leader was careful to ensure that we all turned left at Birk Rigg to follow him down a steep sloping field to Hill Fold. Our journey then took us to towards Garth Row Lane to join a path beside the River Sprint which took us down stream to Sprint Mill. From the mill we retraced our steps to Burneside, arriving back a little damp but in a state of exhilaration. A good walk, even in the rain and good company! Thank you leader!

 

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Ready to set off in the dry

 

Burneside Hall

 

Wild flower meadow

 

Make your own tea or snack . . .

 

in Billy's Tea stop . . .

 

but we made do with our own for a coffee stop

After a wet period it was eventually dry enough to get the camera out again . . .

as we walked downhill from Birk Rigg

 

Honeysuckle is pretty

 

Sprint Mill

 

Another view of Burneside Hall as we return

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