A New Book, Two Dogs and a Railway Walk

Name of walk A New Book, Two Dogs and a Railway Walk
Date of walk 2012-11-10
Distance walked (miles) 5
Duration of walk 2 hours 0 minutes
Weather Sunny then cloudy
Peaks on walk None
Walked with brendan
Parking Portinscale Bridge

On Saturday Brendan and I went to Keswick, parking near Portinscale Bridge. Good views out to Grisedale Pike, Barrow and Outerside etc.

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Skiddaw from the path into Keswick

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Latrigg and a couple of orange-bottomed sheep

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We went to Sean McMahon's book signing at his shop "Love The Lakes". Sean contributed the photos to Clive Hutchby's new book "The Wainwright Companion". Sean runs the StridingEdge.net website which shows all the photos of his fell walking with his two bearded collies, Casper and Dougal. Sean is standing, Clive is sitting.

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Casper is in charge of the "Meet and Greet".

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Poor Doogleedo can`t be let lose in a shop with breakables! He is tied up behind the counter. I get licked to death!

dogs

The boys in their natural habitat. One of Sean`s photos taken on Crinkle Crags on Monday, when Ged and I were on Coniston Old Man. Ged used to teach Sean at Parkview, many years ago!

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"Love the Lakes" also sells "Mr. Vikki's chilli Jam"!!!!!!! I get my book signed by Sean and Clive AND by Casper and Dougal!!

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There was no time today to go up onto the fells so we decided on the walk along the disused railway track towards Threlkeld. The four mile long footpath was created by the Lake District National Park Authority following acquisition of part of the former Cockermouth, Keswick and Penrith Railway, which had closed to traffic in 1972. The 18 miles of the route between Penrith and Keswick included 78 bridges, of which 8 cross the River Greta over the railway's 3 mile length between Threlkeld and Keswick. The old station is now part of a hotel.

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Heading towards Penrith.

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Latrigg.

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The path passes under the A66.

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The Boardwalk replaces the tunnel

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The top of the old, buried tunnel

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Looking along the River Greta towards Lonscale Fell and the start of a rainbow.

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Low Brierly.

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"If you go down to the woods today..........."

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Part of the old track is still here.

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One of the Bowstring Bridges.

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The old Railwayman's Hut with another bowstring bridge ahead.

map

The map inside the hut. It is here that you need to leave the path if you are climbing Latrigg, Skiddaw or wishing to walk back through the woods on the other side of The Greta.

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Opposite the Railwayman's Hut we took this path, then headed up left. Lonscale Fell ahead.

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Good views out to the fells, showers heading our way!

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..and over to Clough Head.

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Showers were looking likely so we took the road path back through Brundholme Wood. This is a single track tarmaced road but it is now closed to vehicles due to subsidence. There are footpaths leading off down into the wood too, but we chose the drier under foot option. It doesn`t look like a road!

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When the sun shone it showed up some excellent autumn colours.

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This time we go over the A66.

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Views over to Catbells.

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The route leads you back to the old station. Our route was just over five miles and took just over two hours. Very easy walking. We walk through the park and back into town for a meal at the Dog and Gun, then a look around the shops. Today is also market day, so there was lots to see.

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Keswick's Flood Defences don't spoil your view!

It was starting to get dark as we walked back to the car. Still got home in time for “Strictly”.
Jo.
Sean’s website is www.stridingedge.net
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