26th January 2008

A drive through the Lakes - one of us with a runny nose and the other with a sprained knee


Walk Overview
Time 09.00 to 16.30
Duration 7 hr 30 min
Walking with  
Whitehaven - Gosforth - Holmrook - Corney Fell - Broughton in Furness - Spark Bridge - Oxen Park - Satterthwaite - Grizedale - Esthwaite Water - Near Swarey - Far Swarey - Newby Bridge - Bowness on Windermere - Ambleside - Grasmere - Keswick - Whinlatter Pass - Lorton - Cockermouth - Whitehaven
Fells visited
Directory places visited


The old road sign at Gosforth.
I was feeling sorry for myself today because I had a cold and Jennifer is still nursing a knee she sprained while she was Hoovering the living room at the New Year, so a walk on the fells wasn't really on the cards. Rather than staying at home and doing nothing, we decided to have a long drive around the Lake District. Before I go any further, I should point out that it wasn't just the hoovering that caused the sprain, it was dancing to music at the same time that did it.

From Gosforth we carried on down the A595 through Holmrook, seen here from the bridge over the River Irt.

Muncaster Mill; one of the stations along the route followed by the La'al Ratty between Ravenglass and Dalegarth Station in Eskdale. The mill itself is now a private residence and no longer open to the public.

Corney Fell, or rather the Corney Fell Road. This is a high level route reaching just over 1,300 ft and unless the conditions were really bad, not only myself but most other people who live on the west side of the county would use this as a shortcut. By leaving the A595 near Waberthwaite and rejoining it at Duddon Bridge you can cut approximately 20 minutes off the journey ( unless you keep stopping to take photos of road signs ). Aside from the benefits of saving time, the views from the road can be spectacular, particularly on clear days, just after sunrise and just before sunset.
I should imagine that many visitors to the Lake District wouldn't have even heard of Corney Fell, let alone had any reason to drive over here, but anyone who is "into" driving over the passes may like to know that the highest point on this road is near enough the same as the top of Hardknott Pass and is actually higher then Wrynose Pass, Honister Pass, Newlands Pass and Whinlatter Pass.

Foldgate Farm.


Buckbarrow Bridge.

Looking across to the Dunnerdale fells as we drive down the Duddon Bridge side of Corney Fell.

Next stop was Broughton in Furness to call in at the bakery for some sandwiches and cakes.



In the little hamlet of Oxen Park.

I'm assuming this used to be a blacksmiths shop at one time. The next picture is a close up of the creamy coloured square on the right hand side of the building.

The sign shows a hammer, some pincers and a horseshoe.

Approaching another little hamlet, this time it was Satterthwaite.

Standing outside the Cafe / visitors centre at Grizedale Forest.

Esthwaite Water.

And again, from the lake shore.

Near Swarey.
Taken opposite the entrance to Hill Top Farm; one of the properties owned by Beatrix Potter.

Stot Park bobbin mill. One of many such mills found in the Lake District in times gone by. It may seem a bit hard to believe these days, but the demand for bobbins was so great that it built up and sustained itself as a thriving industry, employing hundreds, if not thousands of people across the county. I wonder how many of today's kids actually know what a bobbin is.

Boats moored near Newby Bridge. It's quite difficult to pin point exactly, but this is somewhere near the place where Windermere turns into the River Leven.

And the bridge itself.

One of the many Sea Gulls found around the water front area of Bowness on Windermere.

Now it was time to stretch the our legs for a while.


The Hole ~ in ~ t'Wall pub in Bowness - on - Windermere.




I always enjoy a walk around Bowness, but to me, it seems to lack the same "Lakeland atmosphere" that the other towns have. It doesn't really feel as though I'm still in the Lake District. It is very nice, but to be honest, it could be anywhere.
One thing I still think about whenever I'm here is my motorcycle days. Hot, sunny, summer evenings when we'd finish work, go home for tea and then meet up for a motorbike spin to Bowness. Not just because we liked it here, but for the ride back home along the twisting roads through the middle of the Lake District.


Miss Cumbria IV.

Grasmere Village with the pointed top of Stone Arthur on the skyline.


And one last picture. This one was taken from the viewpoint on the Braithwaite side of Whinlatter Pass, showing Bassenthwaite Lake, Binsey, Dodd and the Ullock Pike ridge in cloud.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks