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Mosedale, Quaker Hill, Willywood Well, Dry Gill Mine, Brandy Gill, Grainsgill Beck, Cumbria.
[12.5 km]  Thu 19 Nov 2020

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Lat/Long: 54.679928, -3.004700

Lockdown_2 is still in force but I can’t find any information on how far we are allowed to travel to exercise. I decided to drive to Cumbria for a walk. I reached Mosdale but instead of driving up the River Caldew valley as usual I left my car on the grass verge nearer the village and set off walking. A local couple were out walking their dog and I was in front as I reached the chapel. I stopped to photograph the information board as they passed by, then I stopped to photograph one of the village houses in the early sunshine.
Morning sunshine.
I said hello to the couple but they ignored me. The woman of the couple asked me why I was photographing their neighbours house. I said ‘for my diary’ and continued north along the open road.
Mosedale Meeting House.
In 1653 George Fox visited Mosedale and held a meeting at the home of John Slee in Mungrisdale, which marked the beginning of Quakerism in the northern fells. Initially Friends would meet at each other's houses. By the late 17th century the number of Quakers in the area was growing and in 1702 a 'house' belonging to George Peacock, a local farmer, was sanctioned as the 'publick place of worship of the people called Quakers'.

Mosedale Meeting House information.
In 1739, the present building, which was thought to have been an open sided cart house and possibly the house referred to above, was given in trust to Quakers. Also given at this time was a detached piece of land to provide a burial ground. Over the years the Meeting House has been extended and modernised; a car park added, and the attached barn acquired. The building continues to be a Quaker Meeting House and there are regular Meetings for Worship at which everyone is most welcome. The times of these Meetings are shown on the Meeting House entrance door. The Meeting House is also available for the use of local community groups.

 Looking back along the road.

I met another local walking back with their dog, said hello again and was ignored again. I reached the vehicle ford at Carrock Beck and crossed the footbridge then tried to find the path heading up the valley. It was now lost in the thick gorse so had to make a detour to find the miners track at Quaker Hill. The weather had improved and although cold there was some sunshine.

Carrock Beck vehicle ford.

 Heading up the miner's track.

On the main track I came to an ancient ruined wall and the Willywood Well just below the track. It was a small pool of clear water fed from a spring. The next junction was the branch to Red Gates but I continued to the fainter branch up to Drygill Beck. I soon came across and old ruin then continued up to the site of the old Smithy which is shown as a complete building on the 1860s map. The whole area was incredibly wet so I don’t know where the name Drygill comes from.

Willywood Well.

Ruins of the Smithy.

Site of the Smithy on the map.
I continued upwards to the site of more old workings. Another building was shown on the old map but there was nothing remaining. I passed a couple of fenced off areas of old mine workings but couldn’t see any openings. By now I was near the top of the fell and joined the main path running along the ridge of Carrock Fell. I turned left (east) and followed it to a faint path off to the right. Quite a few walkers were out.

 Fenced off mine working looking towards Carrock Fell.
I followed the minor track south to the head of Brandy Gill where there is a gate in the fence. I followed the fence round to descend the steep sided gill. There were impressive views as I descended to the old Gransgill Beck mine workings. When I reached the tarmac road in the valley there were lots of cars parked. I then had just under 2 miles to walk back to the car.

 Walking back to my car.

 Back at my car.
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