Date & Time: Thursday 13th July 2006. 10.15 am start.

Location of Start : Calvert Trust ( Winderbrowe, Keswick) ( NY 277 240 )

Places visited : Calvert Trust, Castlerigg Stone Circle, across the A66, and back via the Keswick Railway path.

Walk details : 4.2 mls, 750 ft of ascent , 2 hrs 30 mins.

Walked with : Mike, and the two dogs, Harry and Bethan.

Weather : Sunny and hot.

 

Ann had volunteered to help with the horse riding for the disabled this morning so Mike and I decided to walk from the centre while she was otherwise engaged.

The riding centre overlooks the River Greta, so it was a short walk down into the valley.

We crossed it first on the old bridge just downstream of the A66 Viaduct.

   
Looking upstream to the modern bridge
Building work alongside the old one.

The route took us back onto the town roads just below the A591 junction at the top end of town.

   
Keswick town floral display on the junction
An excellent private floral display just a little further on.

Climbing up the secondary road on Chestnut Hill towards Castlerigg we get an ever improving view of Latrigg.

The A66 flyover can be seen, this time from above, and the Whinlatter Fells provide a distant backdrop.

The sign at the gateway to the Stone Circle.

The northern side of the circle, with the north western fells beyond.

Visibility was much better today.

Helvellyn above "The Sanctuary" stones.

Blencathra from the other side of the same stones.

The two dogs wait patiently.

This is a magical place.

"Where did they come from ?". . . . " They weren't here a moment ago !"

A sudden and almost magical appearance of kids, out on a mountain bike ride with their instructor.

   
From Castlerigg we dropped down to the old railway track,
. . . now a popular walkway and cycle ride.

After a steep descent into the valley, including a tricky crossing of both the old and new A66 roads,

the level railway track down by the river made for very pleasant, easy walking.

   
Track-side flowers - a less common broad leaf Orchid ? ;o)
A silent fisherman stands in the river.

Low Brierly, adjacent to the old railway used to draw power from the river

to make bobbins for the cotton industry, using wood grown and coppiced locally.

   
The wall is a blocked off tunnel entrance,
. . . now by-passed by a wooden walkway.

The impressive concrete flyover, which apparently won an award as the "Best concrete structure of the Century"

It is certainly a fine bridge, with delightful style and shape.

   
Graceful curves used in it's construction
and built on a curved road plan as well.

 

We re-joined the road just short of the Keswick floral sign and retraced out route back up to the Calvert Trust Centre after a delightful local walk.

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Technical note: Pictures taken with a Canon IXUS 400 Digital camera.

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