Yesterday I went for a walk along the ‘other Borrowdale’.
This was not the well known valley that stretches south from Derwent Water, but its little known cousin situated just to the west of the M6 a few miles south of Tebay.
The area is very topical at the moment as it has just been incorporated into the Lake District National Park.
We started our walk from a parking area just off the A685 and headed up the lane leading to Borrowdale.
We crossed the bridge over Borrow Beck and continued along the track towards Low Borrowdale Farm.
We walked to the left of the farm and then joined a bridleway heading east and climbing gently. The path was quite clear but is not walked very often. That may change as it is now in the National Park. The area felt very remote although we were only a couple of miles from the motorway.
There was also an excellent phone signal due to a transmitter repeater station situated on top of the fell on the opposite side of the valley.
We now got caught in another of the squally showers that had been forecast and visibility became poor. We knew we were on the right track with our GPS and this was confirmed when we came to a cairn to the right of Birk Knott.
We began to descend and after crossing Burn Gill the path became clear. It had stopped raining and visibility had improved. We could now see the motorway in the valley. All that feeling of remoteness had gone.
We reached the A685 and then crossed the M6 to reach Lune Bridge where we stopped for lunch.
After all the recent rain the water was thundering down the gorge.
The second half of our walk was along the Lune Valley and the edge of the Northern Howgills. This area in now part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The two National Parks now meet up, the dividing line being the M6 and the West Coast Main railway line.
It was pleasant walking beside the river and we followed the track as ar as Salterwash Bridge. We now had a section of road walking to cross under the M6 and make our way back to the car.
It was only a short walk 7.5 miles but it was interesting as it took us to an area that neither of us had visited before.
We were back home by 4.15 pm with enough time to call in for a pint of ‘Old Speckled Hen’ just the thing to quench our thirst.