|Low Force waterfall from downstream|
We parked up at Bowlees Visitor Centre on the B6277, not far past
|Decorated wall stones|
The only potential problem for us with the Bowlees route was the Wynch
|The Wynch Bridge|
We were back on Whin Sill dolerite by the riverside. The same molten
|Low Force from the pre-bridge side|
I loved this stone sculpture of two sheep which protrudes into the path. It
|Keith Alexander's sheep sculpture|
High Force is a truly impressive sight! There are three shelves on the
In comparison, Bleabeck Force is tiny! It is also unfortunately situated
Our lunch stop was up on a hillside overlooking the river and with gorgeous views across the valley. It was sheltered with rock slabs as seats and soporific in the sunshine. We had sandwiches with delicious ham from Tebay which is a great place that our friend Hedley had told us about. It is basically a motorway services on the M6, but instead of hosting outlets for the usual mass-produced food chains, this one is a farm shop with a deli counter, butcher counter and a huge range of foodstuffs. We bought pies, ham and vegetables on our visit and could easily have stocked up with dry goods, drinks and jars too - if we had the room! We are debating whether to make another stop during our journey south tomorrow!
Lunch was pretty much the most outwardly point of our walk and Dave
navigated us back to Bowlees with his specially printed out Ordnance Survey map, combining footpaths and tracks, some of which appeared not to have been walked in years. We passe a renovated Primitive Methodist Chapel which was a lovely building and now looks to have been converted into a holiday let. There was also a still-in-religious-use Wesleyan chapel and we racked our brains to remember who Wesley was and how long ago he was influential. The return leg wasn't as dramatic as the outward, but was still pretty in its own right and we felt very happy about being out walking in sunshine after a couple of days when most of our time was spent in the caravan or awning.
Overall, this wasn't a particularly strenuous walk. We were on the move for a little over four hours and covered about seven miles, but this did include lots of photography stops so our pace wasn't as embarrassingly slow as it might seem. And on the good side - nothing hurt!