7th November 2010. A Party. 10 miles.
The walk starts from the lovely market town of Kirkby Lonsdale. We cross the river Lune on Devil Bridge, which was built by the devil for an old woman who was having difficulty getting her cattle across the river. The Devil agreed to build the bridge for the soul of the first creature to cross it (these days it would have been Bob) but the old woman threw across a bun for her dog to chase,so the devil did not get the human soul he was hoping for.
We climb out of the village on a series of pleasant enclosed bridleways, through the hamlet of Casterton, until we arrive at the foot of Barbon Fell. There is then a fairly steep climb up the fell onto access moorland where the footpaths disappear and we have to hope that visibility is good. We climb beyond a large cairn to a trig point, 437 metres, before dropping back down across the moors, through more bridleways, through Casterton and back to Devil’s Bridge.
We then follow the Lune back to the village where there is a steep climb up the ‘Radical Steps’ to Ruskin’s View, which is a lovely viewpoint much admired and painted by Ruskin and Turner. it is then a short walk through the churchyard to the centre of the village where there are lots of places to drink and shop.