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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.
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
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
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
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.
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.