HIGH LANE WALKING GROUP
Keswick, 30th June – 2nd July
journey from junction 39 through Shap and Hackthorpe was a very
pleasant surprise for a number of our walking group, who had not
travelled that way before. The scenery once we turned off the A6 to
Askham through undulating wooded parkland was English countryside at
its best. Askham village added to this extremely beautiful scenery with
its lovely greens, with whitewashed cottages on either side.
What’s more the skies had almost cleared and the sun was
Twenty six walkers (and one guide dog!) met at the village car park,
set off from Askham village turning right by the River
climbing gently to Lowther Park with views of the impressive
Lowther Castle (the roof was removed to avoid death duties
so the story
goes), and on to Low Gardens Bridges for lunch. This
complete with crystal clear water and an ancient stone
an ideal lunch stop to eat and watch for wagtails and herons.
lunch there was a gradual climb through Heining woods and across the
fields to Askham Hall and the village. The village pottery proved
almost as popular with our walkers as a pint at the Queen’s
Head in the sunshine.
The venue for our stay in Cumbria was the Keswick Country House Hotel
(the late railway hotel). An elegant lakeland hotel set in
tended gardens and just a five-minute walk to Keswick
After an excellent dinner, attractively presented and well
ran an interesting and lively quiz; searching for the
Keswick - that
went to Roy Tomlinson.
The weather forecast for Monday, the day of our main walk was not that
promising, as 24 walkers made their way to Keswick bus station to catch
the 10.25am open topped bus to Rosthwaite. From there we walked
first on a lane, then on a path through How woods, crossing a stream at
Gowder Dub and on to the bridge at Grange village for lunch by the
river in warm sunshine, tempting at least one person to go for a
Walter had carefully planned a series of options
walkers to select. The first option, which
only one person chose, was to catch the next bus back
to Keswick. The second option, which a
group of 5 chose, was to
walk on for about a mile then to return to
Keswick by lake launch from the landing stage at High Brandelhow.
third option selected by a group of about 10 walkers, continued on a
contouring path above the lakeside road but below Cat Bells
descended to the landing stage at Hawse End to catch the
The last option chosen by 5 men and one lady was to
climb up to Hause Gate and onto the summit of Cat Bells 1481ft; then
clamber down the ridge path, which was very steep in parts, to Hawse
End landing stage for the lake launch back to Keswick. The extra
required in making the ascent up to Cat Bells was more than rewarded by
the fine views from the top. Altogether a great walk with lots of
options, fine views and wonderful sunshine. Once again dinner at
hotel was very good, after which a presentation was made to Walter for
planning and managing the weekend.
Tuesday morning was quite dull in contrast to the previous two days,
rain threatened as the walking group assembled for our final walk from
the hotel along the old railway track, (built in 1864 to carry coke
from Durham to Workington iron and steel works, and marking the start
of Keswick as a Victorian tourist resort). The walk followed the
of the River Greta crossing numerous bridges and through wooded river
gorges until we reached a junction taking us up towards Latrigg.
there was an option that no one took to continue to the summit of
Latrigg 1203ft. Instead the group returned to Keswick via a
track through woodland and back to the hotel.
The general view amongst
the walking group was that this had been a very enjoyable Walking Away