Thursday, 24 October 2013

Bimbling Round Nateby and Kirkby Stephen

An easy day today...strolling beside the River Eden and walking through and between Nateby, Hartley and Kirkby Stephen. The autumn colours are starting to develop, maybe another week and they'll be at their best.

This is the River Eden, just upstream of Stenkrith Park. The river tumbles over unusual conglomerate rock hereabouts.

I don't think I've ever seen the trees and bushes so laden with berries and fruit. The migrant birds from the North are going to have a field day!

Not many of these old signs about now. The distances are particularly precise!!

As part of our route we walked along the old railway, this is the Podgill viaduct. The line when first built was single track, then as the traffic from the Northeast to Barrow-in-Furness increased it was made double track. This meant widening the Podgill and Merrygill viaducts. The difference between the original and new is quite clear.

On the Merrygill viaduct looking North to the high Pennines.

Great views all day, here back at the car looking East to Mallerstang Edge.

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