Sunday, 18th June 2017

Walk: King's Head, Scandal Beck, Smardale Packhorse Bride, Smardale Gill, Smardale Viaduct, Smardale Hall, Smardale Fell, Ash Fell Farm
Start Point: Ravenstonedale School    
Distance: 8 miles Ascent: 1,080 feet
Time: 5.5 hours
Weather: A hot and sunny day

11  walkers set out from the School car park Ravenstonedale, making our way past the Kings Head pub and crossing the road to gain access into Mill Street. We passed under the high bridge and followed the waymarked path downstream beside Scandal Beck. Out and up onto high level farmland paths to scale the grassy slopes, we headed on towards Smardale Packhorse Bridge. Crossing the bridge with Smardale Viaduct in sight we headed along a pathway on Smardale Gill and stopped for our coffee with a view of the disused limestone kilns directly opposite.  After coffee break we made our way up to the trackbed of the Smardale Viaduct and an information stop to read the history of the railway which carried ore from Durham to Barrow in Furness. Along the rail trackbed we passed under the Carlisle Settle railway line and on to reach the reserve car park at Smardale Hamlet. Making our way on past Smardale Hall a fortified tower house, we headed on towards Brownber on a bridleway to commence our climb out onto Smardale Fell. Part way on the Fell we stopped for lunch and fantastic all round views on a clear skyline. Heading over the fell we made a track to reach the A685 and at an Ariel by the main road we crossed up onto another farmland path which headed to nearby Ash Fell Farm. Through the farm we made our way to pick up Bleaflatt lane and our tarmac track and road all the way back into the village, a great days walking with fantastic views all round

Getting ready

Over grassy slopes

Packhorse Bridge

Which way is it

Smardale Viaduct

Coffee stop

Bridleway to Brownber


Over Smardale Fell

Back to car park to finish the walk

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