A Walk from Crosby Garrett

The rain of the night had passed over to leave a rather beautiful day, dramatic grey clouds at first and then bright sunshine.

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The Potts Beck (c) John Bainbridge 2017

We walked out from Crosby Garrett, a pleasant and unspoiled village dominated by the great viaduct of the Settle to Carlisle railway line. Up past the railway cottages is the old village station, disused since 1952.

Then along a rather lovely green lane called Ladle Lane – lots of cowslips and orchids – to Wander Bank.

We were out now in wilder country as we descended to the ruins of Potts Farm and the lonely Potts Valley. Rather sad, looking at the farm. What quiet lives must have been led by the people who lived there…

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The Potts Valley (c) John Bainbridge 2017

We followed the Potts Beck upstream – a wild and lonely valley dominated by limestone scars on the hillside and huge boulders below. And a longer stretch of rocks called Hazzler Brow Scar.

We hit the road south of Fell Farm – the occasional sad of cry of a curlew and lots of skylarks.

Then south down the lane to a cattle grid, where we picked up the route of the Coast to Coast Path. The path winds round the south of Ewefell Mire – modest by Dartmoor standards – then on to bridleways from Bents Hill.

You do wonder who created these great broad tracks?

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Crosby Garrett from the Fell (c) John Bainbridge 2017

Our path went over Weather Hill and over Crosby Garrett Fell – long views now over the Pennines, the Howgill Fells and the mountains of the Lake District.

Northwards now by the Willycock Stones before reaching the edge of the fell.

We followed the stone wall back to Crosby Garrett and the end of the walk.

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Pillar Carving (c) John Bainbridge 2017

Afterwards, we visited the village church. It stands away from the houses on a hilltop mound. No doubt there were periods of its history when it was a defensive position, given visiting Vikings and Scots raiders!

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Crosby Garrett Church (c) John Bainbridge 2017

There is a niche in the porch where the parson apparently his his flintlock pistol before entering the church. I put my hand in but only extracted a box of drawing pins.

The church is very simple inside, though with some fine pillar carvings and a probable Saxon arch.

A lovely walk in an historical setting.

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Saxon Arch (c) John Bainbridge 2017

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