Sedgwick

Name of walk Sedgwick
Date of walk 2020-09-15

Brendan’s cousin Siobhan and husband, Paul, were house-sitting for mutual friends Bernie and Steve at their home in the village of Sedgwick, Cumbria. We were invited for lunch and a walk. It was a circular walk along the old canal tow-path to Natland and back along the River Kent. A walk of about 4 miles. The weather was very hot and sunny. The scenery is truely stunning!

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Bernie and Steve's garden comprises part of the old canal. The canal was constructed through the village in 1819, part of a 75 mile stretch linking Kendal and Preston. A section of canal was closed in 1947 and is now de-watered for much of its length. The section through the village is managed as a Nature Conservation area by the Parish Council. The garden gate leads to a gated section of the canal tow-path, which is still part of Bernie and Steve's garden, but access is allowed.

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Standing on the old canal bed.

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We head along the tow-path in the direction of Natland.

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The dogs, Tess and Rosie get to play with the ball.

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Heading for Horse Park Bridge, a bridge over nothing! The home of a bat colony.

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Tess and I go over the bridge.

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In Larkrigg Wood, once coppiced for charcoal used to produce gunpowder. The old canal to the right.

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Heading for the old canal bridge.

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We cross a field with drumlins.

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Still on the tow-path.

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We exit at the next canal bridge. View along the old canal from the bridge.

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We now head for the River Kent.

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View down to the River Kent from the bridge, but we don't cross it.

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A lot of the limestone has been undercut by erosion.

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We stop and chat to some people from Sussex, their dogs get a treat too!

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Tess heads for the river.

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The dogs get to cool off in the water.

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We head up above the river through a wooded section.

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Then the dogs get to have another swim.

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Rosie.

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Tess.

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We cross the foot suspension bridge, built in 1872 to provide access to workers to the Gunpowder Works which opened in 1857 on the west side of the river. It closed in 1935. The land is now a caravan park.

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Bridge view.

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We walk on a section of road. We meet friend John, out for a cycle.

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We cross Force Bridge where a deep gorge has been cut through the limestone.

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We go through a slit stile into a field that leads to views of Sedgwick House. This was built in 1868 and was owned by the Wakefield family who made their fortune from gunpowder. The house is now residential apartments.

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Looking back to our route across the fields.

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We head back to the canal tow-path, going under this bridge

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Tess waits for me.

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We cross the aquaduct over the village of Sedgwick. It was built between 1817-19 and is now a scheduled Ancient Monument.

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We now arrive back at the house.

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Relaxing with Siobhan and Paul after lunch.

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Misty the cat.....not to be forgotten!

It was an excellent day, the circular walk was easy and could be started at any point. There is a walk leaflet to download on the Sedgwick Parish Council website, which has a similar route, but reversed. The walk is one I’d definitely like to do again!

Jo.

 

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