Sunday, 30th July 2017

Walk: Ratherheath Lane, Knott Hill, Ashes Coppice, Stock Bridge Farm, Dales Way, Cowan Head, Bowston, Burneside
Start Point: Elba Monument, Burneside Grid Reference: SD 496 951
Distance: 8 miles Ascent: 400 feet
Time: 5.5 hours
Weather: A dry morning, only a few showers during the walk
Comments:  9 walkers set out from the parking area off  Hollins Lane at the foot of The Elba Monument. The Monument was erected in 1814 by James Bateman of Tolson Hall, it was built by the Tories of Kendal, in response to the Castle Howe monument standing in the centre of town in Kendal. It was designed to glorify the imprisonment of the Emperor Napoleon, but he escaped before the memorial plaque was in place. 100 years later Charles Cropper of Ellergreen  paid for the plaque to be made and mounted. The monument is on private property and can only be viewed from the road. We crossed the busy A591 onto farm track and open fields heading for Bank End and eventually a path leading onto Ratherheath Lane. The lane took us to Crook road and after a few yards we picked up the path for Ashes Lane, this path took us over Knott Hill where we stopped for coffee. Then onto Ashes Coppice, passing through the coppice we eventually headed down again to cross the A591. Following the signs for Staveley we passed under the railway and ended on the outskirts of Staveley by Stock Bridge Farm. We then picked up the Dales Way signpost heading to Staveley Crossing, but just before the crossing the footpath took us left still following The Dales Way and down to the river at Sandy Hill where we stopped for lunch. After lunch we continued to follow the river all the way to Cowan Head where old mill buildings have been converted into apartments. This route then took us into Bowston where we followed The Dales Way right into the centre of Burneside and the perimeter pathway around the James Cropper paper mills. Making our way through the village we took a path through and over the level crossing at the station and followed the way marker over a crested hill to meet a stile which then gave us direction towards Tolson Hall Farm and the point where we crossed the A591 on our startout. A brief grass verge path took us back to Hollins Lane, and the end of  a great days walking.

Getting ready

Your sticks

Thanks for that

Leader describes the walk

Duck pond

Ashes lane

Coffee stop

Stormy skies

Lunch stop

Following the river home

Bit of a squeeze stile

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