Day 5 - Monday 12 May 2014
Sedbergh to Burneside (18.8 miles)
A long day today therefore we were up and about early and were the first ones in for Breakfast followed by Middle England - lots of posh people staying in Sedbergh for some reason. When we took a photograph of the front of the Hotel a bird duly shat all over Angie and our camera - thanks! Undeterred, we walked back down the road past Sedbergh School and back on The Dales Way near Millthrop Bridge over the River Rawthey.
The walk out of Sedbergh via Birks Mill and Brigflatts is a delightful ramble and accompanied the river until we reached the A483 just after Brigflatts. The road walking on the A Road did not last long and we soon turned off to High Oaks where there is another really lovely stretch of walking to Lincoln's Inn Bridge.
The old railway bridge over the River Rawthey near Birks Mill
Heading from High Oaks to Lincoln's Inn Bridge
Lincoln's Inn Bridge and the River Lune
From Lincoln's Inn Bridge the route heads through the Lune Gorge and up to the impressive Lune Viaduct, sadly no longer in use. From here the path headed away from the river before meeting up again near Hole House - this was another lovely stretch of walking and we followed the river again before emerging at the delightful Crook of Lune Bridge where there were superb views of the Howgill Fells.
An ingenious use for an old bath
Crook of Lune Bridge over the River Lune
Soon after the Crook of Lune Bridge we reached the Lowgill Viaduct and passed directly underneath this impressive structure before reaching Lowgill. The roar of the adjacent M6 was very much in evidence as we crossed the approach road and headed for the Old Scotch Road where we crossed the M6 at Lambrigg Head. We then dropped down to Holme Park Farm and once we passed the farm we had a good view of Lakeland.
The bridge over the M6 at Lambrigg Head
On the path to Beck Houses with a fine view of the Lakeland Fells
From Holme Park Farm the Way passes through way marked fields to reach the railway line at the bridge at Beck Houses. From here the path follows the edge of the railway line before heading right to Grayrigg Foot where we found an impromptu drinks and snack station which was set up outside on the access road to the farm. Suitably refreshed, we then crossed over the A685 and headed to Thursgill where there was another enterprise set up this time in the form of a Tuck Shop - well we had to boost the profits so stopped off again!
Heading down the drive to the Tuck Shop enterprise at Thursgill
From Thursgill we headed to Shaw End, a fine example of a 19th century colonial style mansion which is now luxury self catering apartments. It was here that we had another slight navigational blip and it took us a while to work out which one of the myriad of paths to take but we worked it out in the end. From Shaw End we then aimed for Black Moss Tarn before reaching Garnett Folds and onto the A6 at Burton House Farm. Thankfully there is no road walking along the A6 apart from crossing it to enter the farm buildings and pass by the former iconic Billy'sTea Room, sadly no longer in use
The former Tea Room "Billy's" at Burton House Farm
Todays leg was close on 19 miles and by this time we were starting to feel it a bit as we neared Burneside. We passed Sprint Mill and spotted a walker ahead of us who we later found out was Gary who had split up from Albie earlier on in the day. We took the optional route via Tenement Farm in order to spend less time on the busy road into Burneside and emerged at Burneside Hall. The final part of the journey to the Gateway Inn is unfortunately spent on road with the section up to the A591 particularly busy with traffic.
After nearly 19 miles we were glad to see this sign
Tolson's Hall Gate House on the road out of Burneside to the A591
Doggies catered for
Aaaahhhhh - that's better
Gillian, John, Gary, Albie, Dave & Angie in The Gateway
Gateway Inn, Nr Kendal - http://www.gatewayinn-cumbria.co.uk
Room was ok although breakfast was a curious affair with the Chef acting as waiter and cook - felt as though we caught them on the hop but we got there in the end. Food the previous evening was super.
Day 5 Data
8 hrs 25m
33 hrs 40m
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