Friday, 3rd May 2013
||Duddon Iron Furnace, Barrow(886 feet) and Swinside
||Duddon Iron Furnace
||SD 197 882
||Fine, but breezy on the top
of Barrow. Good visibility
||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
Swinside stone circle . . .
Crossing Black beck near Beck Farm
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