Friday, 17th September 2010





Field Close, New Hall, Tarn Close, Beckside, Old St Catherine’s Church, High House, Brow Head, Mitchelland, Lindeth, Helm Farm, Windermere

Start Point: Staveley Rail Station Grid Reference: SD 469 981
Distance: 9.7 miles Ascent: 1,140 feet
Time: 5.5 hours    
Weather: Warm and sunny all day

On a lovely sunny late summers day the Rail Carders went forth to the Lake District.  Arriving at Staveley at about 9.30 am they departed by the way of Field Close to ascend to New Hall before joining Crook Road.  On the way a disgruntled farmer was adamant that there wasn’t a path across his field, even though it’s shown on OS maps.  The path he disputed is sign posted from Crook Road to New Hall.  Continuing along Crook Road they passed a picturesque Hollin Hall before taking a track to Tarn Close where a seat was conveniently placed for walkers to sit and admire the view.  After a short break the Rail Carders continued to Beckside where they posed for a photograph at the old church of St Catherine.  Going on to Birk House they watched a farmer shampooing his sheep before climbing a slope to High House.  Here the path was obvious until emerging into the farm.  (On leaving a small copse the path goes ahead into a yard then leaves between two buildings to go north).  A quick chat to the elderly farmer and his wife revealed that nineteen cats lived on the farm. Glorious views could be seen on all points of the compass from here!  Dropping down to Brow Head and a lane the group turned left at the gable of Milldam to follow a track by a leisure lake.  This was a good place to take lunch and admire a heron and a bird of prey whilst the sun warmed ones back.  Replete, the group then followed a cart track passing Spigot House on the way to Gilpin Farm.  From here they then crossed fields to Mitchelland.  Heading west (ish) along a lane for a while the Rail Carders left the lane to follow track on the perimeter of Undermilk Common to arrive at Lindeth.  Following a lane to a crossroad the group crossed over to continue along a minor lane and took the second footpath on the left (to pass Brantfell Farm on the east side).  The path joined the Dales Way but instead of going to Bowness the group left it to head for Helm Farm.  After Helm Farm, the path arrives at the rear of a housing estate.  Here the Rail Carders turned left and followed a well established path through suburbia to arrive at Craig Walk.  Turning right they descended on to Lake Road near the police station before a gradual ascent took them to Windermere and a Cream Tea.  There was an abundance of Lakeland’s beauty and time to capture it on camera.

Rail details at 17th September 2010
Fares: Senior Rail Car - £13.80 return Preston to Windermere. Adult fare £20.90
Depart Preston 08.24 hrs on Edinburgh train - change at Oxenholme - arrive Staveley at 09.25 hrs.
Depart Windermere 16.02 hrs– change Oxenholme – arrive Preston 16.56 hrs.
NB: Staveley is a request stop where one alights from the centre carriage courtesy of the Guard.

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Field Close


Hollin Hall


Tarn Close


Reflections at Tarn Close


Field patterns


Old St Catherine's Church


The Rail Carders


Shampooed Sheep


North East of High Farm


Four of the nineteen cats at High House


North of High House


Brow Head


East of High House


A bird of prey


Autumn Tints


A slab bridge at Mitchellands

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