I was out this week in Cumbria with Les and Gordon to do a reccee for the next Crosby Rambling Club ‘A’ Party walk. Our destination was Kirkby Lonsdale and we parked at Devil’s Bridge, a popular spot with bikers, especially at the weekend.
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.
Well, that’s the story that I was told.
View from Devil’s Bridge.
We crossed the bridge and then followed footpaths and minor roads towards the village of Casterton and on towards Barbon. It was quite gloomy and very wet underfoot. Looking up we could see that Barbon Fell was shrouded in mist.
Leaving Barbon we headed east along the beautiful wooded valley of Barbondale. It was very quiet and peaceful with Barkin Beck tumbling along below us.
All we needed was a bit of sunshine to brighten up the autumn colours but instead it started to rain. .
We crossed the beck at Blindbeck Bridge, a new structure as the original bridge had been destroyed during storm Desmond in late 2015
It was now time to start climbing up the hillside. Only 500 feet of ascent but surprisingly difficult in the wet slippery conditions. We now began to contour round Barbon Low Fell but conditions were beginning to deteriorate. We were in the cloud and could not see a thing.
The way to the summit cairn was pathless and although it was only another 100 feet of ascent there seemed little point as there would be no view. We walked and slid our way back to Kirkby Lonsdale in what had been a tough but satisfying day.
Les had said that the walk was 11-ish miles. But Les always gives value for money. I call him Mr 110%. We ended up walking 13 miles.
My legs are tired.