Friday, 3rd May 2013

Walk: Duddon Iron Furnace, Barrow(886 feet) and Swinside Stone Circle
Start Point: Duddon Iron Furnace Grid Reference: SD 197 882
Distance: 8 miles Ascent: 1,280 feet
Time: 4.5 hours    
Weather: Fine, but breezy on the top of Barrow. Good visibility
Comments: Three of us en route to Cockermouth did this walk, taken from the 'West Lakeland' cicerone guide. Some fell walls have been rebuilt and this made the route description difficult to follow on one occasion. Great views on the walk from the Coniston fells to Black Combe and the Duddon Estuary.
The former charcoal-fired iron furnace is a spectacular piece of industrial archaeology from the first half of the 18th century.
The Swinside Stone Circle( Sunkenkirk) is about 3500 years old and although not as well known as Castlerigg is most impressive and well worth the visit.
 

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Duddon Iron Furnace

 

Amazing stone work in the Duddon Iron Furnace

 

Christine and Pat in the charcoal store

 

Heading up through furnace wood

 

Go through the gate (sign to Boadhole) in the fell wall

 

Looking back over the Duddon Estuary

 

Herdwicks wondered who we were

 

About to ascend Barrow

 

Pat with Knott Hill behind her

 

View from the top of Barrow

 

Rail bridge over the Duddon

 

Wet knees

 

Swinside stone circle . . .

 

and again

 

Crossing Black beck near Beck Farm

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