OS Grid ref: NY 31840 25605
Lat/Long: 54.620967, -03.057094
The forecast was for rain but when I set off walking from
Threlkeld it was only light rain. I was in full waterproofs so I
wasn't concerned. Heading south past the primary Scool I
wandered down th eold original B5322 to St Johnís in the Vale to
the end gate where the A66 is. I took extra care crossing as
vehicles always travel too fast along it.
Clough Head in cloud.
I had a look at the concrete building
Once across the approach to the River Greta is interesting
as their is a raised pavement on the west side that continues
all the way to the bridge. It certainly gives protection to the
pedestrians. In about a mile I reached Wanthwaite where I left
the main road to turn left up the unmade Old Coach Route towards
Raised footpath on the B5322.
I continued up to an area where the map shows a H. Ram.
presumably a Hydraulic Ram for water. There was no sign of
anything. I left the track and followed a stony path up through
the trees to an old quarry track. I didnít follow it as another
path took me up through more trees toa stile and then gate
through a wall.
Wanthwaite towards Lonscale Fell & Blease
I was now gaining altitude and looked back to a gloomy view of
rain and low cloud. A sunken track took me up through Wanthwaite
Bank where I could see Red Screes ahead where my route would
continue. The faint path wasnít obvious but as I approached I
became concerned about the increasing wind. The diagonal path up
to Bennesty Knot started fairly straight. At first the wind was
stong enough to blow me over and make me pause until it
subsided. Fortunately it was blowing into the mountain and not
down the slope.
The diagonal path up Red Screes.
I considered amending my route to avoid the Clough head summit
but decided to continue up the path a little further to see how
things went. I was pleasantly surprised to find the wind less
severe so enjoyed the climb up into the cloud. Iíve been this
way before but not for many years. When I reached the saddle at
Bennesty Knott I turned to the left to follow a distinct path up
towards Clough Head with the wind behind me.
Clough Head trig post top.
Clough Head trig post
Eventually the summit trig post appeared through the mist but
thatís all I could see as there were no views of anything else.
I took a quick photo and continued over the summit to start my
descent to the rocky tangle of White Pike. It was an easy
descent and soon I actually had a view as I dropped below the
cloud. At the pike I took the distinct path to the left to start
the steep descent to the Old Coach Road. Below I could see a
couple of walkers coming up very slowly. They soon stopped for a
sit down and started again. When I reached them they were two
young men who didnít seem very fit. One had a rucksack but
neither were properly equipped for severe weather. Fortunately
the wind had dropped and the rain eased.
Towards White Pike with Great Mell Fell & Little Mell Fell in
At the coach road track I turned left to continue to a fence
where I left the track to start my descent towards Newsham. The
first part was very wet ground through rushes but I reached a
better path over reasonable ground. I followed Birkett Beck down
the hillside to a green track to the right.
Reaching the Old Coach Road.
It soon became quite indistinct until I reached the gate and the
tarmac road at Newsham. The house was unoccupied but the grass
verges were mown. It was an easy walk down the track to the
bridge over the line of the old railway. I had a quick look at
the line of the footpath to the west that follows the line but
that will have to be for another day.
The old railway line looking east.
Bridge over the old railway.
Mill Bridge over the River
At Mill Bridge I crossed the River Glenderamackin which soon
became River Greta. Before the A66 I stopped at the Threlkeld
Effluent Treatment works where some construction works were
being carried out. I crossed over the busy A66 to the line of
the old road onto Threlkeld. I followed the nice riverside path
by Kilnhow Beck back up to the cat park. I was surprised to see
that there were no more cars there when I arrived this morning.
Threlkeld Waste Water Treatment Works.
TThrelkeld Wate Water Treatment Works.
The slogan reads:
helping life flow smoothly.