Broughton in Furness

Barbara McMorran led the A/B walk

There are two interesting features on todays walk.

Duddon Iron Furnace which in its 18th century heyday was one of the largest in the country.

Swinside stone circle is a 30 metre late Neolithic stone circle in very good condition.

The walk leaves Broughton by the Millom Road to High Cross after which we take a field and river path to Duddon Bridge but on the recce there was a large bull at the gate so we might have to walk carefully along the road.

After looking at the furnace we climb through woodland and bracken out onto the hillside and then walk parallel to a wall above Thwaite Yeat. A bit across the moor takes us to a road junction where we go left to follow a farm track to Fenwick. The a field path. footbridge and up to Swinside Farm and down to the circle. We then continue on the farm road and a minor road to meet the main road either by stepping stones or a bit more road for the unadventurous. A few yards along the road takes us to a bridle path to Ash House and a woodland path back to the furnace where we retrace our steps back to Broughton.

On the outward leg we were a bit concerned about the bull but we found that the busy main road was probably more dangerous.

On the way back we decided to risk it and crossed the field. The bull was lying by the gate but was with one of his girlfriends so we were probably alright. But we need not have worried. One look at Gordon and the bull was off!!!!

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