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Wanthwaite Bridge, Memorial Stone, Shawbank Crag, High Rigg, Sosgill Bridge, Cumbria.
[10.8 km] Mon 05 Jul 2021

OS Grid ref: NY 31263 23073
Lat/Long: 54.598136, -03.065433

A rainy drive along the M6 to return to Wanthwaite Bridge. I put on full waterproofs as I set off in slight rain towards Yew Tree Farm. I wanted to tell the farmer the full story of the David Gerald Pennycook Memorial Iíd found out last week. I walked into the farmyard and all the building doors were locked but a vehicle was up by the farmhouse. There didnít appear to be any lights on but I knocked on the door and the farmer answered. I told him the news and continued along the lane to St Johnís in the Vale Church. I noticed the door was open and walked across to close it.
David Gerald Pennycook Memorial.

 St John's in the Vale Church.

A pair of walking poles were on the porch but nobody was inside. I continued past the Church Youth Centre building but there were no vehicles and no sign of anyone being in attendance. Along the track and through the gate I headed up the fell then made a short detour to visit the memorial stone to David Gerald Pennycook then continued up wards to flatter ground following a fern-free path due south.


Erected to the Glory of God in constant and loving memory of Col J.A.G. Lynn 13th D.C.O. Lancers Indian army by his devoted Family and Sisters on the 31st August 1961.

in the grounds of the Church.
I wanted to check out an old campside from 2004 but had to make a short detour through deep ferns to climb up to a small summit. Unfortunately I didnít take a photo of it all those years ago. I rejoined the path and noticed an interesting cairn on a summit above Shawbank Crag ahead. There was a good path up there and nice views, even a good phone signal. There is enough flat ground for a tent but water would have to be carried here.
Sawbank Crag cairn.

I followed the path across Paper Moss, over High Rigg and down to the tall stile over the wall. I took the route by the unnamed tarn and on to Wren Crag and the decent down to the St Johnís Beck path. There were deep ferns either side along the path but when I reached the approach to Low Bridge End Farm the path was clear.

Tarn with no name.

 Blencathra from High Rigg.

 Great How and Thirlemere.

 Sosgill Bridge.
Through the gate I followed the path along the raised river bank to Sosgill Bridge. The path continues north but soon the river swings away to the right and I followed the field boundaries. This is a route I took on 16th June 2021 to Bridge House.

 Bridge House and St John's Beck.

 Looking back to High Rigg from Wanthwaite.
At Bridge House it was still empty as I passed and crossed the footbridge to the right. I followed the riverbank towards Howgate then across the field to try and find a route through ground and discarded farm machinery. With no path markers I finished up wading through nettles and climbing over a rusty gate to regain the path up a field to a farm track. Up the track I reached the B5322, turned left then left again and down the lane back to Wanthraite Bridge and my car.
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