Sunday 9 September 2018. I think the advertised distance of this walk at 9 miles may have put some off. They needn’t have worried as, unusually for one of Linda’s walks, it turned out to be much shorter at just 7.25 miles with 500ft of ascent. Most of this was on the climb out of Shotley. There were just 7 of us; Linda, Moira, Betty and me. We were joined by Barbara from Oakham, a lady from the Peterborough Group who had walked with us before and an odd chap from Lincolnshire. Both Moira and asked him, at different times, where he had travelled from but he was most evasive, avoiding answering directly.
We set off through the edge of Town Wood, stopping for coffee on Turtle Bridge. We touched the outskirts of Harringworth before turning towards Shotley and the only significant climb of the day. Our lunch break was taken at Harringworth Lodge, leaving just over a mile to walk back to the cars.
Laxton – walk route
Sunday 2 September 2018. There were just 6 of us on today’s walk: Linda W, David M, Frances, me and a couple from Sheffield who were holidaying in Sheringham. Other than me, none of the group had done this walk before so there was something new for them to see. Getting to the museum at Gressenhall was something of a problem with local road closures and diversions. These threw me on the drive back and I ended up taking a rather circuitous route. Thankfully the walking was less demanding on my navigational skills.
We set off along the Wensum Way and soon came to an orchard of plum trees. Naturally, we had to try a few to see if they were ripe. They were perfect, just ready for picking so we indulged in a little scrumping. Soon after we passed several fields of blackcurrants. There were blackberries growing in the hedges some of which also had hops growing in them. A section of road-walking took us past Dillington Hall before stopping after 3 miles for coffee on the edge of Quebec Wood.
More field edge paths led us to cross the Dereham Road and the Mid Norfolk Railway line on our way to the village of Hoe. We stopped for lunch soon after. The last part of the walk through Hoe Rough was, perhaps, the most enjoyable where we came across the Mid-Norfolk Ramblers group having lunch. They had passed us earlier while we were having our coffee break. The walk was 6.5 miles with only 300ft of ascent.
Gressenhall – walk route
Sunday 26th August. There were 10 of us today for Josephine’s walk, despite the dire weather forecast!
We started off from Bircham Windmill and followed tracks and field paths including part of the Peddars Way.
It started drizzling towards the end of the walk and we cut it down to 6 miles, making it back to the Windmill before it became more persistent.
The Windmill was very busy, both in the cafe and in the bakery shop and some of us enjoyed a tea or coffee with a Cornish pasty.
An enjoyable day despite the rain.
Wednesday 22 August 2018. I was awoken in the early hours with toothache. This wasn’t really a surprise as I had visited my dentist on 1st August with a similar problem. I was diagnosed as having an abscess in the offending tooth and given a course of antibiotics which cleared it up. I was given a choice of root canal treatment or extraction but this would have to wait until I returned from my Torver trip. Unfortunately, the abcess raised its ugly head again and decided to spoil my holiday. I searched the internet for a nearby dentist but the one in Ulverston wouldn’t see me and referred me to the national dentist helpline. They made an appointment for me with a dentist in Kendal at 15:50.
As if having toothache wasn’t bad enough, it was still raining and I had a few hours to kill. I picked Karen up at 10:00 and we went off to Sizergh Castle, a NT property just 5 miles from Kendal and on my route to the dentist. That killed a few hours and we went our separate ways in Kendal to look around the shops until it was time for my dental appointment. He was running 30 minutes behind schedule but quickly confirmed my problem and prescribed a different antibiotic which, along with some painkillers, has made things a little easier until I can see my own dentist next Thursday.
The poor weather and toothache has meant that my Torver holiday hasn’t been very enjoyable and I decided to cut it short and come home on Thursday 23 August rather than waiting until bank holiday Sunday. Needless to say the weather in Cambridgeshire is much better and it was a treat to see the sun again.
Tuesday 21 August 2018. The weather yesterday followed the same pattern as last week with low cloud and high humidity. I waited until just after noon before venturing out but soon returned to the caravan after just a mile or so as the threat of rain increased. Sure enough it was raining less than an hour later.
Karen has joined me for a couple of days. She’s brought her campervan to the Caravan Club site a mile or so away from me. I picked her up this morning for the short drive to Low Tilberthwaite. I had devised a route which would take us around the flanks of Wetherlam and then into the Greenburn valley, returning via Slater Bridge and Moss Rigg Wood. We left the car and immediately started climbing, very steeply, following the line of a wall which would lead us to the top of the hill and down again to Greenburn Beck. The climb was rewarded with spectacular views across to the Langdale Pikes. We stopped for lunch sat beside the waterfalls of Greenburn Beck.
After the morning exertions the rest of the walk was relatively easy. Our next port of call was Slater Bridge where, much to Karen’s delight, we bumped into a group of HF Holidaymakers, most of whom seemed to be American. They had just travelled down from Whitby and were going on to Sedbergh. The next stop was Cathedral Cavern where we caught up with the HF party. From here it was only a mile and a half back to the car. Although the walk was only 4.6 miles it included a total ascent of 1,150ft.
Tilberthwaite – walk route
Friday 17 August 2018. What has happened to the weather? Where I am it seems to have turned from summer to autumn almost overnight. On Tuesday it rained almost all day. Yesterday it rained for the bigger part of the afternoon and this was repeated today. Tomorrow looks much the same and Sunday seems as if it will be a washout.
Given the prevailing weather conditions, I decided to make an early start to my walk this morning, leaving Coniston at 8:10am. I set off north on the Cumbria Way but soon diverted onto a side path, climbing up through Guards Wood. A downhill section took me to Boon Crag Farm, only to climb again up around Tarn Hows Wood. I descended again to cross the Amblside road at Yew Tree Farm and to pick up the bridleway which would take me back to Coniston. I stopped briefly for some refreshment sat on the parapet of Shepherd’s Bridge. My walk was just 4.6 miles, but the two climbs meant that the total ascent was 900ft.
It was 11am when I got back to Coniston and, as a reward for my early start, I treated myself to a belated cooked breakfast and spent some time accessing the internet on the café’s wi-fi. My caravan site doesn’t have wi-fi and I’m quickly eating into my mobile phone data allowance. I’ve decided that instead of uploading blog reports after each walk, I’ll save them for when I get back home and upload them when I have better internet access.
Coniston – walk route
Thursday 16 August 2018. After a day of almost constant rain yesterday I just had to get out for a walk today. I decided on an easy 4.25 mile walk with 600ft of ascent direct from my caravan. I did the outward leg of this walk when I last stayed in Torver 5 years ago. My route took me in the general direction of Coniston Old Man but stopped short before the climbing became too arduous. I followed a bridleway to the west of Torver Beck, as far as the quarries south of the Walna Scar Road. There is an impressive hole left from the quarrying into which the beck cascades through a waterfall of about 50ft.
I could have retraced my steps back to Torver but decided to follow a new route, closer to the eastern bank of the beck. This brought me out at the oddly named hamlet of Little Arrow on the Torver to Coniston road. From here I followed the route of the disused railway line back to the caravan.
Torver – walk route