Day 5 - Saturday 1 May 2021
Caldbeck to Carlisle (16.4 miles)
The start of the final leg of our Cumbria Way, the village Car Park in Caldbeck
Not wasting an opportunity for a dip, Fudge was straight into Cald Beck
Before starting today's walk we had Breakfast at The Muddy Duck - Sausage Sarnies and very nice they were too.
Caldbeck village green
From the village green we headed in the direction of Uldale..................
.......... leaving the main road on the left in the direction of Friar Row
The Cumbria Way in big handfuls
The route heads to the right of Caldbeck Sewage Works
Carrock Fell & High Pike from Parson's Park
Heading through Parson's Park - this was a lovely stretch of walking
Once clear of Parson's Park the route headed over farmland towards Sebergham
Entering Dentonside Wood
The delightful track through Dentonside Wood - nobody here either
Despite the track carrying on through the gate a sign states that this route is not to be used. The Cumbria Way path is to the right.
Nice to see the Bluebells out and they were plentiful today
Hugging the bank of the River Caldew, the route passes a landslip. Fudge again takes the opportunity to have a dip.
Dentonside Woods - just delightful walking through here
The route emerges from Dentonside Woods and hugs the perimeter of the woodland
At a three way signpost we headed away from the woods towards Sebergham
The stone bridge at Sebergham - traffic crosses the bridge pretty quickly therefore care needs to be taken here
Fudge in contemplative mood as we take a break in the churchyard of Sebergham Church
Opposite Sebergham Church a track heads off in the direction of Sebergham Hall
Sebergham Hall - the route does not enter the grounds but keeps to the right
A beautiful sky as we head to Bell Bridge
Bell Bridge at Welton. The original bridge over the River Caldew was damaged by Storm Desmond in December 2015 and finally collapsed into the river 6 weeks after being hit by the storm. A new bridge at a cost of £1.1m was built using stone from the old bridge and has been designed to withstand future floods. The new bridge was opened in December 2017.
The wooden seat at Bell Bridge
More evidence of storm damage & flooding as we continue along the River Caldew. The old fence simply hangs over a void and has been replaced by another further into the field.
By this time I was feeling a bit tired. Fudge is clearly disgusted by my attempt at comedy.
Bog Bridge - the route does not cross this bridge but continues along the left hand side of the Caldew
Another carpet of Bluebells, this time near Rose Bridge
Rose Castle, the residence and palace of the Bishop of Carlisle until 2009.
Joining the access track to Lime House School
Lime House School - the route passes across the front of this impressive college of knowledge
Lots of youngsters about therefore whilst he will not bother them, Fudge goes on his lead.
Arriving at Bridge End and the inn of the same name - it was clearly busy therefore we gave it a miss........................
............ and settled for a nearby spot on the green in order to have our lunch.
Heading through Buckabank towards Dalston.
Crossing under the railway bridge near Cummersdale
Crossing the River Caldew at Cummersdale
Entering urban Carlisle at Cummersdale Holmes - the landscape would now change as we headed through the outskirts of the city.
Denton Holme Weir
Crossing the final bridge over the River Caldew as we enter Carlisle
Carlisle Castle across the A595. The castle is over 900 years old and has been the scene of many historical episodes in British History. Given the proximity of Carlisle to the border between England and Scotland, it has been the centre of many wars and invasions. During the Jacobite Rising of 1745–6, Carlisle became the last English fortress to undergo a siege. The castle was listed as a Scheduled Ancient Monument in August 1996. Today the property is managed by English Heritage and is open to the public. Until recently the castle was the administrative headquarters of the former King's Own Royal Border Regiment however it is now the county headquarters to the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment and a museum to the regiment is within the castle walls.
One of two posts either side of the northern entrance to Castle Street which represent the gateway to the Roman settlement town of Luguvalium which eventually became Carlisle.
The end of The Cumbria Way at The Market Cross in Carlisle
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