Sunday, 3rd May 2015

Walk: Stenkrith Millenium Bridge, Wharton Hall, Lammerside Castle, Pendragon Castle, Southwaite, Carr House, Nateby, Frank’s Bridge
Start Point: Silver Street car park, Kikrby Stephen Grid Reference: NY 773 088
Distance: 10 miles Ascent: 1,135 feet
Time: 5.25 hours
Weather: Persistent rain until after lunch. Sunny intervals in the afternoon. Fluctuating visibility.

8 walkers. The day did not auger well with heavy rain accompanying our journey north. However it lessened in intensity as the morning wore on and the afternoon was warm and frequently sunny. As a result of the rain the River Eden and its tributaries were in spate. The gill at the back of Gill House was waded, and the path into Nateby was flooded for 100 yards. There was plenty of bird life including herons, curlews, oystercatchers and swallows. The wonderful season of primroses continued, accompanied by wood anemones, violets, bluebells, celandines and lots of blackthorn blossom. (Red squirrel seen on the reccie near Pendragon Castle).
The original intention was to lunch at Pendragon Castle, but the grounds are currently closed to the public.
Not a good day for photographs so we have included some from the reccie.

(Part of the local poetry trail

November on the Poetry Trail near Stenkrith (Website)

Road and Millenium Bridges at Stenkrith (Reccie)

River Eden below Stenkrith Bridge (Reccie)

River Eden in spate below Stenkrith Bridge

Wharton Hall (Reccie)

Lammerside Castle (Reccie)

Lammerside Castle (Reccie)

There were lots of fell ponies on Birkett Common (Reccie)

Lime Kiln below Birkett Common (Reccie)

There was still a patch of snow on Wild Boar Fell (Reccie)

Lunch was over

Pendragon Castle once belonged to the Cliffords, and legend credits its foundation to Uther Pendagon, father of King Arthur

On Frank's Bridge (part of the Coast to Coast) on our return to Kirkby Stephen

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