Thursday, 30th August 2012

Walk: Dalegarth, Doctors Bridge, Whahouse Bridge and Boot
Start Point: Ravenglass Grid Ref: SD 085 964
Distance: 6.5 miles Ascent: 650 feet
Time: 4.25 hours    
Weather: Overcast at first with the sunshine in the afternoon.
Comments: A Rail Carders Esk-apade.
At short notice the group decided to investigate the extremities of the La'al Ratty Railway. Floods in the area the previous night caused a landslip and the derailment of a main line train near to Sellafield but fortunately trains were still able to reach Ravenglass. From there the group took the La'al Ratty to Dalegarth, arriving shortly after noon. The first port of call was Stanley Force which was in full spate after the night's heavy rain. From the force the foursome then followed a path on the south of the River Esk to reach Whahouse Bridge which allowed them to cross the river and return to Dalegarth on the north side of the river. The Woolpack Inn and cafe provided a welcome break for coffee/ice cream before re-joining the River Esk at Doctors Bridge. A nice walk but not always easy to fit in between train times on both the La'al Ratty or main line trains.

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Departing Dalegarth


A brief encounter




On the way to see a waterfall


Stanley Force


On the way to Doctor's Bridge using a path on the south of the River Esk


Meadows and fields of Eskdale


Penny Hill Farm where there is a path diversion


Not all becks have bridges on this route


Edible or not edible


Rugged Lakeland


Hardknott Pass


Returning from Whahouse Bridge to Dalegarth on the north side of the River Esk


The mode of transport from Dalegarth to Ravenglass


Sneaking in - Norman's recce crew at Longton


The girls are four and the boys six. They now know that nettles sting.

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