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Threlkeld, Blencathra Centre, Derwentfolds, Bobbin Mill, Railway walking track, Cumbria.
[13.6 km] Mon 31 Jan 2022

OS Grid ref: NY 31633 24997
Lat/Long: 54.615474, -3.060166

My original plan was to climb Blencathra via Knott Haloo and Gategill Fell. However, the overnight strong winds hadn't subsided and my car was being battered by the winds as I drove north along the M6. The top part of the ridge is rather exposed so I decided to postpone my plans and go for a low level walk. I thought it might be the case so Id printed a map showing the route to the west.
View up to Gategill Fell.
Through a gate I descended a field into some woods then down to the minor lane to the buildings of Derwentfolds. The road ended here and the path continued left through a gate and down a rough track down to Glenderaterra Beck. A narrow footbridge crossed the beck and I don't remember having been this way before. The path climbed the steep bank on the far side to join the old surfaced road which is now abandoned due to subsidence in the woodland.

Path to Glenderaterra Beck.

Footbridge over Glenderaterra Beck.

Old road above the River Greta.

House and bridge at River Greta.
I continued along the road into the trees and with the all the leaves being off I could see the River Greta below. It was a pleasant wander through the trees and when I reached the bridge over the A66 I looked out for the minor path descending through the trees. I could see it but my digital map showed a path through the horse riding school a short way down the lane. I followed it down through the trees and as a local man was walking his dog I followed him as he knew the way. I reached the old stone bridge over the river by the buildings that were the old Bobbin Mill.
Bobbin Mill workers.

 Bobbin Mill Tunnel.

Bobbin Mill Tunnel Reopened 2020.

Along the railway route.
Another path took me up through the tree to join the tarmac of the walkway track along the line of the old railway. I soon came to the entrance to the refurbished Bobbin Mill tunnel and above it the Greta bridge carrying the A66. It was a very pleasant walk along the track all the way back to the car. I had tantalising glimpses of the Blencathra summit in the sunshine but knew it would be cold and very windy on the summit.
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