A medieval church, a fine historic house and a pretty hamlet on the River Winster.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D/A) From the front door of the pub, follow the road in front of you, downhill round a left-hand bend towards Bowland Bridge. Take the first right, signposted to High Newton and the Church at Cartmel Fell. Pass the entrance to Burblethwaite Hall on the left after 300m or so, and then a house called Greenthorn Barn on the same side.
(1) After further houses to right and left, and shortly beyond a phone box, turn left into the entrance of Pool Garth. Follow the driveway round the hillside and when the track divides take the right-hand fork. Turn left and walk in front of the house, then turn right to a gate. Cross the top of the field to another gate, then follow the left-hand edge of the next field, below some small rocky outcrops. Go through a field gate on your left, and walk down to meet a track to the right of a farm. Turn right through a gate and walk up the track beyond, then bear right to St Anthony’s Church.
(2) Exit the graveyard via the lych-gate and walk past the old school on the left (notice the natural slide on a rock outcrop on the bank to the right). At the end of the church drive, turn left down the lane, to a junction. Turn left along another metalled lane (ignoring the track on the left). Walk below a white-painted house to the next road junction at Hodge Hill, a house dating from the late 1500s.
(3) Take the road to the left (signposted to Kendal) and follow it for about 170 metres. Just beyond a rocky knoll on the left, turn left at a gate and follow a footpath along a hedge. Towards the end of the field, go through a gate on the right and continue in the same direction, on the other side of the wall. After a short track, turn right through a squeeze stile by a gate and turn left to a gate in the corner of the next field. Follow the right-hand hedge then go through a narrow, gated squeeze stile on the right. The path runs along the next field below a rise on the left, to a stile in the fence on the left, then continues in the same direction to a throughstile in a crossing wall, left of a field gate. Head towards the white-painted house in the distance then bear right to the footbridge over the River Winster.
(4) Turn left to a through-stile over a wall into a lane. Follow the lane left for 450m to Bowland Bridge, a cluster of white-painted cottages. Turn left (“Newby Bridge and Ulverston”) down to the river. Once over the bridge, follow the road beyond uphill back to the Masons Arms.(D/A)
D/A : km 0 - alt. 69m - Masons Arms
1 : km 1.13 - alt. 73m - Phone box
2 : km 1.8 - alt. 73m - Church
3 : km 2.4 - alt. 29m - Road
4 : km 3.43 - alt. 15m - Lane
D/A : km 4.56 - alt. 69m - Masons Arms
Wet grass after rain. One climb from Bowland Bridge, and some road walking en route. Cattle and sheep likely.
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The YHA is a great institution and I guess most fell walkers have stayed at a hostel at some time in their lives. They were created "to help all, especially young people of limited means, to a greater knowledge, love and care of the countryside, particularly by providing hostels or other simple accommodation for them on their travels". Here's a collection of routes starting or finishing at a YHA in The Lakes. Along the way are 1 Wainwright and 2 interesting pubs.
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