Kirkby Stephen

Last Sunday the club visited Kirkby Stephen.

The ‘A’ walk was led by Martin Murphy and walked up to Nine Standards Rigg. They started from the main square in Kirkby Stephen and followed the coast to coast path up to the huge cairns that make up Nine Standards Rigg.

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The origin of these nine large cairns is a mystery. Some believe they were built to deceive Scottish raiders into thinking there was a military camp up there, others that they are a mere folly constructed by local shepherds.

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There were wide reaching views from by the cairns and also from the nearby trig point at 2172 ft.

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After a short spell walking “off piste” through some boggy bits they returned to Kirkby Stephen in time for a well earned pint.

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The beer in the White Lion was superb. Jennings Bitter at only £2 a pint.

What a bargain, better order another one.

The images from the ‘A’ walk were taken by Roger Tolley.

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I did the ‘B’ walk led by Keith Tattersall.

We left Kirkby Stephen and headed towards the River Eden which we crossed at Frank’s Bridge. We followed the river upstream for almost four miles to Castle Bridge. from here we could see the ruins of Pendragon Castle, reputed to have been founded by Uther Pendragon, the father of King Arthur.

Approaching Castle Bridge with the castle ruins in the background.

Crossing the river we made our way downstream back to Kirkby Stephen, passing the ruins of Lammerside Castle.

Photos by Alan Humphries.

The ‘C’ walk was led by Betty Jones and they did a similar but shorter version of the B walk.

Almost back in Kirkby Stephen they “lost” two members of the group but they were soon found safe and sound in the tea shop. Why didn’t they search there first!!!!!!!.

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As members will already know,  the club has got a new name. We are now Crosby Rambling Club.

A new website is currently being designed. It will  be more interactive with links to Flicker and Twitter. Please contribute to it if you can.

Meanwhile many thanks to all of you who have looked at this site.

 

Alan.

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