Wednesday 9th September 2020 - From Low Bentham - 7.5 miles.
Both BC and I still find ourselves surprised to find this large territory on the northern fringes of Bowland incorporating the Rivers Wenning and Hindburn largely unexplored by either of us. Here we are again with Ingleborough and its neighbours providing a massive and theatrical backdrop to the north throughout the whole of this walk.
Looking across at that panorama I was constantly reminded of a massive outing back in 2004 covering much of that ground and ending in my request for rescue - it's worth a read at the post I wrote a few years after culling from notes I had made pre-blogging during that trig point campaign - it is not long and worth a read - "Don't Forget your Headtorch" :
Lower Bentham has a good free car park and we were off just before ten. The town is attractive but sadly showing closed down shops, but still with a pleasant atmosphere.
After crossing the Wenning we were alerted by the roaring sound of forceful water. The weirs just upstream were being bombarded after recent heavy rain - see my little video below.
Definitely worth clicking photos after reading captions to see enlargements
|Closed shops in Lower Bentham|
|Crossing the Wenning|
|Strangely "gone-over" Rosebay Willow Herb making an attractive colourful display|
|BC surveys the raging torrent|
|The J Marshall massive caravan site across the river. We walked back through this superbly appointed and well kept site on our return. Here you can probably only see a tenth of its extent|
|Zoom back to Lower Bentham|
|Distant Three Peaks territory. It looked a lot closer in real life|
|We were buzzed several time by a pair of these monsters during the day|
|Embedded in a garden wall where public footpath passed. For the readable script Google's Latin translator gives : "Lo, to kill, tooth..." then next two word unreadable on stone. Your offer to enlighten me will be gratefully received|
|BC accelerating toward the Fourstone|
|BC having conquered the hard way now faces the intimidating descent of the steps. I am proud that my advanced years and gained wisdom held me back from entertaining onlookers with my ability to turn something apparently benign into an epic|
|A serious engineering attempt to preserve the road. We wondered if they had made any provision for their effort's being undermined|