Yesterday I was in Bowness on Windermere to do a reccee for my local Rambling Club. Bowness is a bit of a honey spot in the Lake District but not the most obvious place from which to start a walk. We spent the first mile just getting out of town.
Our route then led us south east along footpaths, bridle ways and country lanes to Bulman Strands. The weather was bright with a moderate breeze but at least it was dry. Showers were forecast for later in the day.
There was one pleasant section where we walked alongside the River Gilpin.
After a short lunch break we headed north towards the village of Crook. We passed the remains of Old St Catherine’s Church. All that is left is the tower of what was once the manor chapel for Crook Hall. It served the local people from the 16th to the 19th century. It dates from 1620 with the bell openings and the parapet looking Jacobean.
Shortly before reaching a lane we realised that we were being followed by a flock of sheep.
It had got gloomy and soon it started to rain. Not a light shower but a heavy downpour. We trudged on. We still had a long way to go.
We reached the Dales Way, the long distance footpath that we would follow all the way back to Bowness. Thankfully it had stopped raining.
The remainder of out route looked OK on the map but there were still one or two bits of up and down. The light was fading fast.
With just half a mile to go it started to rain again and it was fully dark by the time we reached the car. We had covered 12.7 miles at a steady pace. We might have to rethink this one.