Sunday, August 19, 2012

Do Ya Ken John Peel?

Caldbeck the resting place of the famous huntsman John Peel was very quiet, with no baying hounds in sight just a braying Donkey when we stopped off for a cup of tea recently. Though we did try to sing “Do you ken John Peel” but the acoustics or the singer were not in tune so it was back to “I love to go a-wandering…..”!!

Our walk to Caldbeck had started at Hesket-Newmarket, mecca for real ale fans and home of the famous Hesket- Newmarket Brewery and Old Crown Inn. On this occasion we refrained (sadly) from starting with a pint of “Doris’ 90th, Birthday” bitter but normally a good lunch or bar meal at The Old Crown, to boost the energy prior to the walk to Caldbeck is well worthwhile.

The route follows the River Caldew to it’s confluence with the Cald Beck, the two rivers form a small Isthmus just before joining and the walk around the Ithmus is well worth the extra effort. The route crosses the Cald Beck and follows this stream to Caldbeck.

There are several places for refreshment and craft outlets to browse in Caldbeck, the first one we came to was Priests Mill, then we wandered up the main street to join the path again. Leaving the village the route took us up past the Old Bobbin Mill to the Howk, a limestone gorge, which I’m sure will be quite spectacular in times of more abundant water flow. A bridge here crosses the gorge before the path crosses a field to the road. Once at the road head back towards Caldbeck but take the first road on the right signed to Upton. Through this hamlet take the lane to the left signed Matthew Rudding, a farmstead which you skirt through before crossing a few fields to join the road back to Hesket Newmarket.

This walk was inspired by a walk depicted in a book titled “Borders of Lakeland” by Robert Gambles, published by Cicerone Press in 1994.

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