A RAMBLE IN THE ENVIRONS OF ELDROTH from HARDEN BRIDGE

 


Summary & Summits

Walk statistics Name of Summit Height (ft) Height (m) Grid Ref
Date - 25th March 2012 No summits reached on this walk      
Map - OL41        
Distance - 9 miles        
Ascent - 700ft.        
Start - Harden Bridge (SD 7626 6780)        

 

Walk Blog

Having a quiet afternoon, Grizzly, Tetley, and Shaun, were dozing, when the reverie was interrupted by the whirlwind that was Allen rushing into the room with Little Eric poking out of his rucksack.

"We are going walking on Sunday", he announced.

"Really", replied Shaun with surprise. With Dad and Uncle Brian going to Armathwaite Hall next week, Dad had said quite definitely he was not going to walk this coming weekend."

"I know", said Allen patiently, "but the weather is set to be like summer, so it is too good an opportunity to miss."

"So where are we walking?" , asked Grizzly.

"I'll tell you, but pour the tea first, I'm dying of thirst."

"OK", said Shaun, laughing. "You certainly take after Dad!"

Settled with his steaming mug, Allen then went on. "When Dad was at Elaine's recently, he saw a walk that takes in Feizor, that she had put up on the wall. Part of it covered the area to the west, round Eldroth and Lawkland. We have never walked there before, and so Dad has devised a walk from the map. It is about nine miles, but over fields and along quiet roads, so it will not be all that strenuous."

"It will also give Dad the opportunity to go to Elaine's afterwards for tea and cake", added Little Eric.

"There is certainly a method in his madness", remarked Tetley.


So on a beautiful morning, we set off Dad driving the very familiar route, almost all the way to Feizor, but stopping short to park at Harden Bridge, just over the old bridge, now defunct and replaced by a wider one carrying the busy A65. Sunny and very warm for the time of year, so Dad was able to walk in just shorts and t-shirt, his coat left in the car, as there was no need to carry the extra weight. Amazing for March!

We were to see no other walkers at all today, but plenty of wild life - deer, hares (4), rabbits, lapwings & curlews, oh and hundreds of sheep and lambs!! We had to hope that they would all run away, and so not give Dad any photo opportunities.

"I see you have highlighted the route, so I will try to help giving directions", said Shaun

"Thanks Lad", Dad replied.

So crossing carefully the A65, we strolled along Orcaber Lane.

"We take the second signed path on the left, that is also the access track to a property called Gayclops", said Shaun.

At the start of the access track, there was a lovely display of daffodils growing on the verge. "How nice", remarked Tetley

Where the track bent left to the house, we kept ahead, Dad climbing a very awkward stile, to cross the first of many many pastures today.

Ahead was Lanshaw Farm our next objective. Before we got there, Little Eric called out, "what are those birds that are swooping about in that field over to the left."

"Lapwings", Dad replied, " I and Uncle Brian just love to see them."

At the farm, the map shows the path is left of the buildings, but this just led to an enclosed yard with cows wandering about.

"Must have changed", said Shaun.

"Too true Lad", said Dad, going instead through the farmyard, then along a track and through a gate into a field, which Dad help open for the farmer, who was on his quad bike going to feed his flock.

"According to the map we now keep along the left of this pasture.", said Shaun.

We did, but Dad said, "this is clearly not right. I'm going to ask the farmer, as I do not want to trespass."

He directed us to a stile by a ruin, on the opposite side, then on uphill by a wall to cross this by a step stile. At home Dad examined the map closely and established that it is quite clearly wrong.

Now skirting High Lanshaw, continued ahead crossing the access track to Low Dyke House, and then over more stiles, and so finally reach the road near the tiny community of Eldroth.

"We go left, then almost immediately cross the stile on the right", called out Shaun.

The path led under the railway line, and then along by woods, although these have in fact been felled since the map was printed. Half way the path crossed right into the once wooded area and continued ahead to School Lane. It had been along here that we saw a least one of the hares we were to encounter today.

At the road it was left, then quite soon left again on path between a wall and high fence. We were mightily glad of the fence, as we were barked at from the other side, by three very excitable husky type dogs. Beyond a gate we left the dogs behind, and the path then finally led into a small area of woodland, and out on to the road at Black Bank.

"Soon, we take a path right", said Shaun.

This we followed round by the wall on the left, and climbed to Accerhill Hall, skirting round the buildings. Then along the access track for most of its distance, but leaving it through a gate on the right. Continuing then in the same direction, we crossed a wide track and then a road to keep ahead to the house called Blaithwaite.

The path goes through the grounds, but the owner who we met said to Dad, "the gate is rather awkward so I suggest you walk back and take the field gate instead."

"OK", said Dad, "you have a lovely house too."

"We need to go down by that wood, then cross the field and pass under the railway again", Shaun advised.

We were to see a train too, just a few minutes later. Beyond the railway, we soon passed the lovely old building of Armitstead Hall, and followed its access track to the road.

"Left here", called out Shaun.

Now walked about a mile on this passing the imposing Lawkland Hall and other nice properties, to just past Lawkland Hall Farm.

We go left along the road by the phone box", said Shaun looking up from, the map.

This led past houses and into more pasture, and then on to cross the rather boggy Lawkland Moss, to Middlesber.

"Look there's another deer down there", said Grizzly excitedly.

At Middlesber, the way turned right and crossed more pastures full of sheep and lambs, to finally reach the A65. Here is was just a short walk on the verges to the car. This was not a pleasant experience as they were narrow and the road was busy with speeding traffic.

Thanks Dad for taking us on this lovely walk in a completely new area.

Then it was to Elaine's, where Dad had apple crumble and custard and a pot of tea. Very busy too, but hardly surprising on such a lovely day. Elaine had had her knee operation yesterday so was resting upstairs, and it was the least that Dad could do to go up and chat to her and Jonathan for a while.

Tetley

 

Walk Scenes

The original Harden Bridge that once carried
the A65
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Just some of the hundreds of sheep and
lambs that we saw today
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Bright display of daffodils by track to Gayclops
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Posing on the wall on School Lane - you're not getting away without us making and appearance! larger image

 

Lawkland Hall built in Elizabethan times larger image
Sheep following Dad or more likely Shaun! larger image


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