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The High Bank Lorton Track
Date & start time: Thursday 7th October 2010, 3.45 pm start.
Location of Start : Roadside adjacent to the Low Lorton Bridge site, Cumbria, Uk ( NY 151 257 )
Places visited : Low Bank, High Bank, and the Mosser Mains track.
Walk details : 2.6 mls, 550 ft of ascent, an hour or so up and back.
Highest point : On the Mosser Mains track, 700 ft 215m.
Walked with : Ann and the dogs, Harry and Bethan.
Weather : Beautifully sunny and calm, excellent visibility.
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A short walk to stretch our legs on our return home.
We only needed a short walk for Harry's sake but it was a nice day
so we walked the western half of the track that we walked the eastern half of earlier in the year.
The walk starts in the bottom of the valley where we parked close to Low Lorton.
The track to Mosser Mains climbs swiftly up past two or three farms as it heads across the northern flanks of Fellbarrow towards Mosser.
The previous photo shown Winder Hall and this one, the Church in Lorton, as we start to gain height.
The houses and the Wheatsheaf Inn towards the far end of Low Lorton village.
Beautiful visibility as we look over to Ladyside Pike, Hopegill Head and Whiteside.
Grasmoor and the distant High Stile Ridge with Broadmoor Hill to the right.
This is another outlier of Fellbarrow for those that know the area.
A fine flock of Herdwick first year lambs, now virtually full grown.
Like us humans, the Herdwick start with dark hair and go grey with age !
A fine tree at the top of the lane.
By now we have lost the tarmac and are on a road "unsuitable for motors".
Clear views across to Scotland from the high point of the lane.
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We reached the junction where the track goes off to Whin Fell
which is the point we reached earlier in the year when we walked the track one dull day from the other end . . .
. . . so we turned round and headed home !
It's Autumn and the countryside is starting to loose its summer freshness.
This is the season of mellow fruitfulness . . . anyone got a clean bag handy ?
A last view looking north over Cockermouth before we descend back into the Lorton Valley.
At this point a "white van man" was seen driving along the lane towards us and just before he stopped I thought "Yes ... a Sat Nav problem"
It was a national courier service van looking for a house that was in fact three miles away in the main valley. He had left Workington and his sat nav had sent him the shortest route to his next delivery address and he had continued on despite the potholes, water over the track and lack of tarmac. Still it was a nice day and he had covered the worst so we sent him on, confident in the knowledge that he would get through to his destination in the end.
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Last November the Lorton Bridge was washed away in the floods
When the river levels went down, all that was left was the rubble and the remains of the side and central pillars.
Exactly a month ago, the 7th of September this year, the river was spanned once more
with the first of the girders going in for the new Lorton Bridge.
Today (the 7th Oct) the workman have progressed significantly as the bridge has its first concrete deck poured and set.
I'm told work is continuing well for a completion date sometime in November.
[ More photos of the rebuild will follow in due course as work progresses]
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Still it is time to get back home now and wash those blackberries that we have collected, ready for the pleasure of eating them.
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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Canon 75 or my Canon G10 digital camera.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
This site best viewed with . . . a (clean) doggy bag full of fruit.
Previous walks - 25th September 2010 A Holiday Visit to North Devon
A previous time up here - 27th February 2010 Extended Fellbarrow (with Gary and Sheena)
Next walk - 9th October 2010 St Bees and Fleswick Bay