Sunday, 14th July 2013

 

Walk: Barbon Church, Barbondale, Blindbeck Bridge, Bullpot Farm, Brownthwaite, Fell Road, Langthwaite, Whelprigg House, Low Bank House
Start Point: Barbon Village Hall Grid Ref: SD 627 822
Distance: 9.2 miles Ascent: 1,460 feet
Weather: Sunny with a pleasant breeze Time: 5 hours
Comments: Marie, Sheila and Phil joined me for this relaxed walk around Barbon Low Fell. The dappled shade through Barbondale soon brought us to Blindbeck Bridge before tackling the main climb of the day to Bullpot Farm. After a short road section we headed up again, to the trig point on Barbon Low Fell. An easy descent took us down to the main track and on to the large cairn on Brownthwaite Pike. Another descent and road section led us on to Fellfoot Road which we soon left to head through the fields and back to Barbon. A pleasant and easy walk on a hot day.

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St Bartholomew's, Barbon, was built in 189293

 

This young calf seemed to have difficulty in walking

 

Entering Barbondale . . .

 

where we enjoy dappled shade . . .

 

and pass a footbridge

 

We cross Barbon Beck . . .

 

via Blindbeck Bridge

 

Foxgloves on our climb to . . .

 

our elevenses spot - hoping no-one wants to pass through the gate

 

Heading up to . . .

 

Barbon Low Fell . . .

 

where the views include Castle Knott and Howegill Head

 

Cairn and shelter on Brownthwaite Pike . . .

 

where Sheila, Marie and Phil discuss the views

 

A good path leads us off Brownthwaite

 

to meet the main track

 

A family affair

 

Elderflower bush . . .

 

in full bloom

 

Some thistles . . .

 

add colour to the banking

 

An erratic has been 'walled-in'

 

The mown paths makes the way clear

 

We approach Whelprigg House . . .

 

which dates back to 1834 though various additions were made in the early 20th century.
Today, the entire North Wing of the house is available for hire.

 

We steer well clear of this fella

 

The Blue Leicester sheep are quite happy to stay where they are . . .

 

as we walk past

 

Is this my best side?

 

The church heralds our return to Barbon

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