Sunday 17 April 2016

Towtop Kirk

A walk from Bampton on the Eastern edge of the Lakes today. The low fells, gills and valleys are frequented only rarely by your normal tourist/fellwalker, indeed we didn't see anyone today on our walk.

Once we'd gained a bit of height, the Lowther valley was seen to great advantage.
Here looking North towards Whale and Askham.

Field paths and a bridleway brought us to the open fell near Moorshill. the valley directly infront is Cawdale. I have visited Cawdale from "tother" side a couple of times. Once on a "Saunders Mountain Marathon"!

This old clapper bridge over Cawdale beck has been repaired with a bit of concrete.
Its done well to survive the recent floods. It gave us access to......

....Towtop Kirk. Not the most impressive, and the light/my photo does it no favours!
More here for those who might be interested in this type of thing.

Our return route was across the marshy ground in the middle distance, before picking up this bridleway.  

Having crossed some access land and Cawdale Beck, (again) we came across this small dam. At a guess I think it was probably made for a water supply, but now is possibly a hydro plant?
From here it was an easy downhill walk back to Bampton and the car.

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