Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Walking in the Lake District 2017 - Day 1

Penrith, Cumbria.

We were visiting friends in Penrith for the Winter Droving festival and decided to go up early for a few days walking.

Tuesday 24-October-2017: Eamont Bridge to Askham and back via Brougham Castle.

The aim was to visit a potter in Askham where we bough a teapot last year. Unfortunately he was closed, recuperating from a lengthy operation so maybe next visit.

Weird looking tree with high level shoots. Maybe an effect of animal grazing?

Typical Lake District bridge.

The River Lowther at Askham Bridge

Great lunch at The Punchbowl in Askham plus a paddle of beers for tasting.

The impressive Lowther viaduct.

Brougham Castle - using our English Heritage membership for the first time.

Wordsworth looked out this very window and was inspired to write:

“... That river and those mouldering towers
Have seen us side by side, when, having clomb
The dark some windings of a broken stair,
And crept along a ridge of fractured wall,
Not without trembling, we in safety looked
Forth, through some Gothic window’s open space,
And gathered with one mind a rich reward
From the far-stretching landscape...”

Brougham Hall was an extra stumbled upon by chance.

A fascinating and ambitious restoration.

The Garmin battery died so I only have the plot for the outbound leg which was 12km in 2:35. We walked about twice that in the day so we'll call it 24km then.

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