A wet walk at Kirkby Lonsdale.

Last weekend I was out with Crosby Rambling Club when we visited Kirkby Lonsdale. We started our walk from Devil’s Bridge which on most weekends is crowded with motorcyclists. But today it was quiet, perhaps due to the weather forecast.

Starting from the bridge we headed north passing through a campsite and the estate at Underley Grange to reach Barbon Beck.

2 a. Striding out

The going was fairly easy but with the fine drizzle the views were non existent.

1 a. Kirkby Lonsdale

We passed a fallen tree and if you stopped to stare you could make out faces in the trunk.

3 a


4 a. Fallen tree

We followed Barbon Beck heading east to reach the village of Barbon where we stopped for lunch by the village hall. Being able to sit at a bench and table was a rare luxury even though we were in the rain.

A chance for a group photo.

6 e. The B party at Kirkby Lonsdale

After lunch we headed south along tracks and paths towards the hamlet of Casterton. Conditions underfoot were were slippery and one of our group fell. Of course it had to be me. I fell headlong and as I lay there I was surrounded by women fussing over me. It was so embarrassing. I was OK to carry on but I had jarred my back which slowed me down a bit.

We still had two miles to go and someone kindly offered to carry my rucksack. Although it was flat there were lots of stiles including some very awkward ladder stiles.

7 e. Another ladder stile

Eventually we got back to Devil’s Bridge having walked 9 miles although it seemed like much more.

Local legend tells a story about the bridge

Devil’s bridge, which spans the River Lune was built by the Devil for an old woman who was having difficulty getting her cattle across the river. The devil agreed to build a bridge in exchange for the soul of the first person to cross it. But, the old woman threw a bun for her dog to chase across the bridge so the devil never got the human soul he was hoping for.

We decided to risk it and walked the extra quarter of a mile into the centre of Kirkby Lonsdale where I enjoyed a superb pint of Timothy Taylor Landlord Bitter in the Snooty Fox pub.

It had been an interesting day out although the rain and mist had limited the views.

During the journey home along the M6 by back began to stiffen up and I was glad to get home. I was forced to have a couple of glasses of red wine with my meal. Purely for medicinal purposes !

About crosbyman66

My aim is to create a photo diary of my walks and my travels. I have two main hobbies, walking and photography and these complement each other. I am a senior citizen, what used to be called an old age pensioner, but I don't feel old. Since retirement I have had more time to pursue my hobbies and the opportunity to travel more. My philosophy now is - Do what you can, while you can. My other interests are fine wines and keeping fit. These may not complement each other but keep me happy.
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4 Responses to A wet walk at Kirkby Lonsdale.

  1. Merrill says:

    Fantastic day walking even if it did rain the entire time. Fabulous pics Al.

  2. crosbyman66 says:

    Thanks Merrill. I enjoyed the day even though I did fall.

  3. Gill Hickmott says:

    Looks as if you’ve all enjoyed a good ramble. Good pictures. Sorry to have missed it, looking forward to joining you on the next walk.

  4. crosbyman66 says:

    it should be a good walk at Tideswell on Sunday although it might be a bit muddy

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