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Wanthwaite Bridge, St John's in the Vale Church, Dale Bottom, Castlerigg Stone Circle, Cumbria.
[8.07 km] Thu 05 May 2022

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

It was a dull overcast weather for the start of the walk but thankfully hardly any wind. I walked up the lane to Yew Tree Farm but there was still no sign of anyone being around even though a vehicle was parked up by the house. The farmer I saw last year said they were retiring. I continued up the lane to the church then through the gate to start the descent towards Sykes Farm. Even with low cloud the views across the valley were nice.
Saint John's in the Vale Church.

View across Sykes.

United Utilities works.
Near the main farm entrance I left the track to follow the path across the fields. It was just possible to see the way as others had tramped the short grass. After crossing a small bridge I reached some new gates and a stoned access track where an access road had been constructed. There was a United Utilities sign indicating it was the access to some kind of works. I reached the busy A591 main road, crossed over and followed the path up Nest Brow to the junction where the narrow Castle Lane heading north towards the Stone Circle. The lane was very narrow and a sign by the road advised it was unsuitable for vehicles. I thought I’d take advantage of the quiet and sat by a gate to eat my sandwiches. A lady came walking along and asked if the stone circle was this way. I said it was “just continue to the end and turn right for the entrance.'' She stopped to chat and it turned out she was Swiss and called Sybil. She was on 3 weeks holiday but had worked in the UK many years ago so her English was excellent. She continued while I stayed to finish my sandwich.

 Castlerigg Stone Circle.

 Castlerigg Stone Circle standard b&w.

 Castlerigg Stone Circle Infrared.

 Plan of the site from the information board.

 Aircraft training possibly a Hercules.
I followed the lane to a stile in the wall and crossed over to the Neolithic stones that are about 4,500years old. The light was very dull but I still tried some photos including some in infrared. I saw Sybil again and we chatted for a few minutes when she told me she’d left her camera behind in her vehicle. I left to photograph the information boards then out onto the lane to sit on the wall and eat my last sandwich. A man drove up and asked where the stones were. I pointed out that he was stood by the entrance gate.

 Logs by the road.

 Logs by the road in Infrared.

At Goosewell Farm I crossed the path down across the fields to Naddle bridge then along the lanes to Shundraw where some building renovation was going on.

Memorial bench to Dick Hutchinson
27.02.1931 - 12.03.2014

 View to Yew Tree Farm.

I was planning to follow the lane all the way back but saw a gate to the right and a footpath I haven't used before. I decided to investigate and followed it across fields back to Yew Tree Farm and the road where I turned left and down the lane back to my car.

Yew Tree Farm access road.
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