How far would you drive before returning home to retrieve an item you had forgotten? I suppose it depends on the importance of that item, and the possibility of improvising some replacement. Today it was my camera. I had driven as far as Levens (about five miles). I went back.
My iPhone camera was a possible alternative, but I hate it. I always seem to get part of my hand in front of the lens, or find that it has switched itself to video mode when the shot I am taking depends on a fleeting moment, and the touch screen controls are not, for me, user friendly, and there is no zoom at the time of operation, or macro mode. Multi-purpose inventions nearly always involve compromise.
Even so I was still off and walking from Bowston Bridge by 9:30am for this next section of Dales Way fill-ins. I think it will take two more expeditions to arrive at the Bowness finish, then I will need to walk from the start at Ilkley as far as Bolton Bridge, south of Bolton Abbey. I walked from Bolton Bridge as far as Buckden on the DW during my LEJOG trip in 2008. That section is the definitive heart and soul of this excellent LDP, but that is not to detract from the specific merits of other sections.
The distance for my sections on the DW can only be half the distance of my walk because I need to return to the car and my starting point. Today I decided to do the foreign bit first. Although there was quite a bit of road walking it was mainly on grass-in-the-middle lanes, with only the occasional, but nearly always spotted little post-office-red Royal Mail van with the usual cheery wave. There were old tracks and bye-ways and constant interest with country cottages, expansive edge of the Lake District scenery which I particularly enjoy, sparkling energetic rivers, and a general feeling of having the good fortune to be a part of it all. That part of the walking was nearly as good as the DW itself and would justify a repeat any day.
|Start/finish Bowston Bridge - lefthand end - clockwise|
|Just before Bowston Bridge, I seem to be getting a thing about VR post boxes. Their surroundings generally seem to be attractive|
|Downstream from Bowston Bridge on the River Kent. The photo at the end of this lot is taken from below on the left side looking up to this point as I arrived back to complete my circle|
|Zoom. There were about a dozen of these a couple of hundred yards away spread accross a low lying field|
|I liked the combination of this patinated iron chain, the ancient piece of weathered timber, and the more modern rusty gate|
|Edge of the Lake district scenery which has a special attraction for me|
|I proceeded. See next photo|
|As a layman tractor spotter I thought this was probably slightly unusual. I have stopped snapping the more familiar ones.|
At last, from here on we are actually on the Dales Way
|Sprint Bridge (where the pylon line crosses the road below Sprint Mill on the map) is closed due to flood damage.|
This aqueduct is upstream a few hundred metres and it now provides the means for the DW to cross the river - it is not marked on the map
|Two quality "relics" (for my collection)|
|Zoom - this guy (or lady?) was about a hundred metres away looking like this when spotted, but by the time camera was ready the goat was head down - I whistled loudly and up came the head - I was pretty proud of that|
|The closed Sprint Bridge referred to above. There were guys in high viz jackets lurking at the other side.|
More about this from the website from which the clip below was culled
"...a ruined 14th century pele tower now attached to a farm house and outbuildings. The fortification of the house was licensed in 1341 when the tower and pele house was built."
|Pleasant walking along the Sprint back to Bowston|