Summary & Summits

Walk statistics Name of Summit Height (ft) Height (m) Grid Ref
Date - 23rd November 2010 No hills climbed on this walk      
Map - OL5/OL19        
Distance - 7.25 miles        
Ascent - 900ft        
Start - Crosby Ravensworth (NY 620147)        


Walk Blog

A dry day with some sun, but a bitterly cold wind. Dad had done this walk before in 1997, but it was completely new to us and Uncle Eric. It was such a long time ago that Dad said he had little recollection of it himself. Parking in Crosby Ravensworth, opposite the village hall, the actual route was back along the road we had driven down, but to avoid this Uncle Eric suggested taking the path opposite the church over pastures and along by the Lyvennet Beck to Holme Bridge. This provided a nice view to the village with its large church, St Lawrence's. From the bridge we walked right, to soon take the bridleway left that is called Slack Randy. Just by the cattle grid was a post with an interesting plaque with a sheep and a lamb. At the time we did not know exactly what it represented, but on later research we discovered it depicts the village Pinfold with its cone shaped sculpture, that was part of the restoration by the brilliant Andy Goldsworthy. In medieval Britain, pinfolds were enclosures where stray animals were rounded up, if the owners failed to properly supervise their use of common grazing land. A fine then had to be paid to the 'pinder' for their release. This is the origin of the phrase 'pin money'. The path climbed steadily and at a junction we took the left branch, climbing on towards a large tree on the skyline. The views back to the Pennines were magnificent, as were those west over the Shap Fells to Kidsty Pike & High Street. Passing to the left of the tree the brow was reached. Following the Coast to Coast signs, turned right to drop down the slope to the corner of a plantation, crossing a trod that marks roughly the route of the Roman Road called Wicker Street, that linked the forts of Brougham and Low Borrow Bridge. Now continued north climbing up to pass a wood. Dad and Uncle Eric were into the teeth of the wind, so it was much colder on this section. Opposite an old wooden fenced sheepfold, we struck left on a narrow trod, the short distance to Oddendale stone circle. In fact it is a double ring stone circle, the outer consisting of 34 stones with an inner circle of smaller stones, and a single stone standing between the two rings. We had never seen a double ringed circle before, so were glad that Uncle Eric encouraged Dad to visit. Crossed the rough ground to the track and so to the road, where we went right to walk through the tiny community of Oddendale - mostly farm buildings and a few houses. At the end it was right through a gate along a shelf like grassy path, passing though a number of gates, to come to High Dalebanks. Now on a narrow metalled road, we continued gently down to Low Dalebanks. Here we took another diversion along a track right, to climb to Ewe Close, the remains of a substantial Romano-British Settlement, whose origins are thought to date back even to the Iron Age. Whilst having an expert to interpret the site would have added to the visit, we could see the banks of earth from one to three feet forming the irregular squares and circles where maybe the huts would have been. Returning to Low Dalebanks, we continued along the road beside Dalebanks Beck, to Crosby Ravensworth. Dad and Uncle Eric had not brought a picnic, instead opting to go to the Old School House in Tebay for a meal. Uncle Eric had soup and a sandwich, while Dad had all day breakfast. We sensibly had packed a picnic, which we ate while sitting the car discussing all we had seen today. Another enjoyable day, thanks Dad.


Walk Scenes

Crosby Ravensworth larger image The post plaque depicting the Pinfold larger image


The large tree on the skyline we aimed for, its branches bare against the blue sky larger image

Oddendale stone circle. This view shows part of the outer circle, inner circle and the single stone between. larger image


Posing for our picture at Oddendale larger image

The grassy shelf like bridleway from Oddendale to High Dalebanks larger image


Ewe Close ancient village settlement larger image Old field bridge and Dalebanks Beck larger image

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