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Tindale, Brampton Hartleyburn Railway route, Byers Hall, Follysyke, Cumbria/Northumberland
[13.2 km]  Wed 26 Apr 2017

OS Grid ref: NY 61738 59315
Lat/Long: 54.927042, -02.598564

I drove north along the M6 then off at Carlisle and headed east to the small village of Tindale.
I have been here before on previous walks but this is the first time I have used it to start a walk. There are several buildings remaining but 150 years ago this was a thriving area for mining and smelting. The main production was zinc. There is a small parking area adjacent to the line of the old railway. Just as I was about to set off a man passed who was walking his dog.

Tindale, the old Co-op building

The Old Chapel

Tindale Wesleyan Chapel 1888

Tindale Reading Room 1888

Tindale Reading Room  1888
We chatted briefly and he told me the large building across from the car park was the old Co-op shop and mill managerís house. A short way down the track was the Old Chapel which is now a house and across from that the Reading Room dated 1888 which was the original chapel until it became the reading room when the current Chapel also dated 1888 was built. It is interesting to note that the Co-op building is also dated 1888. Adjacent to the grassy car park are some trees and they were the site of the old school.
Sterile land below the Tindale Zinc Spelter Works

Tindale Zinc Spelter Works c1890
It is possible to see some old remains but they appeared to the large slabs of reinforced concrete and I doubt they were part of the school. The line of the old railway is now a footpath so I joined it to head east. It was very pleasant walking and first thing there were clear skies but the temperature was quite low so I needed to keep my windproof on. I continued for about half an hour until I reached High Midgeholme where the track became a local access road to some properties. At a group of buildings called Halton-lea-Gate I crossed over the main road to re-join the line of the old railway. The map calls it the Brampton Hartleyburn Railway.
Line of the Brampton Hartleyburn Railway

Looking west from Doubledykes
Crossing the A689 I continued along the line of the Railway but it was now a much less substantial surface. I soon reach the lane and turn left to continue to Doubledykes and Byers Hall at the Hartley Burn. There was a steep descent down to Byers Hall which seemed to still be a working Farm. I crossed the river and then uphill to follow the lane to a sharp right turn where I left it to head off west along a farm access track. By now the sky had clouded over and it remained cold. I soon left the farm track and headed out across the moors to follow a path heading directly to west.
I firstly reached two plantations of pine trees where the path went between them. Unfortunately it has been used by the Farmer for his quad bike and it was very wet and boggy and would be extremely difficult in rainy weather. Once away from the trees the path headed out into open fell again. There were no path markers of the route until I came to a stone wall where it crossed though a gate. It wasn't long before a vehicle track appeared and I followed it to a meeting of four path routes. There had been some new fences constructed by the path. Heading south, which was the route I was about to take, the vehicles have ripped the whole area up and it was very difficult to get to the gate because of wet boggy ground.
Path marker
I managed to get through and then reached a metal gates which was held shut by large boulders. I found it easier to climb the gate and cross the next field. I descended to the right of the plantation of trees which is the line of the official footpath. I reached the wall by the main road but there was no path marker. I found the original marker posts lying in the field. I had to step over the wall and cross a bar of wood which has barbed wire on the top. I turn left to follow the road for a while until I reach Roachburn Cottages were a track left the road to the right and headed up adjacent to another plantation. At the top of the hill I reached the line of the old railway.
Path marker post
At this point it is a vehicle track and used for local access to houses. I turned left and walked the short distance back to the car. The old stone wall on the left was still in good repair and I could see a low walls to the right where which had been built for the Railway. When I got back to my car I change my gear and boots and went back to the Chapel House to see if the man was there so I could ask him about the local history. He wasn't there but a lady told me that the nearest person who could help would be at the nearby terrace of cottages back along the track. I found the terrace and knocked several times but there was no answer.