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Threlkeld, Wanthwaite Bank,Bennesty Knots. Clough Head, White Pike, Newsham, Mill Bridge, Cumbria.
[11.1 km]  Wed 04 Aug 2020

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.

Threlkeld School.

Threlkeld School.
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 Dockray.

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 Fell.
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 the distance.
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 Glenderamackin.
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.
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