All too often I find myself reminded of Rum Doodle in my own context. The cliché about men not being able to multi-task was well demonstrated as I was driving us back to our start at Hawes Bridge after depositing BC's car at our destination. I was relating one of my anecdotes to BC, for the umpteenth time I suspect, and drove straight past the turn off down the narrow lane to Hawes Bridge and had to proceed on the dual carriageway to return via a roundabout thus loosing us ten minutes. Even so we were off to a good walking start at 9:15 am.
A combination of the River Kent in full flow and the pathway of the filled in Lancaster Canal took us into Kendal. Nick Burton, creator of Wainwright's Way obviously had to take us on a stiff ascent to Kendal Castle. We had splendid panoramic views of Kendal below and the castle with its formidable moat, albeit waterless, The castle still has structure to see and stands unassailable on top of its hill. We chatted to a couple of dog walkers amongst a scattering of other visitors and made our way down into the town through Abbotts Park and into the high street. The town hall where Wainwright was borough treasurer was sighted as we turned off to climb endlessly, first by road and then by steep limestone terrain to gain the ridge of Scout Scar.
Halfway up the road part there was a mock Norman arch gate in a high wall between stone buildings with a stonemason's plaque proclaiming "SCOTCH BURIAL GROUND - 1760 - 1855." The door was locked so our curiosity was un-satiated but I at least was left to my imagination, and dare I say it thought again about the potential excavation the size of an Olympic swimming pool filled with bottles of whisky, but would they be full or empty? Unfortunately I reckon the stonemason would not have had access to Mind the Gaffe - the Penguin guide to common errors in English by E. L. Trask, but there again that book does seem to refer to English and not Scottish.
Sod's Law prevailed as a violent rainstorm hit us during the comparatively short time we were on the most exposed part of our walk. We hoped for shelter at the Scout Scar gazebo structure towards the other end but it was well occupied and not offering much protection so we plodded off to cross the road onto the start of Cunswick Scar, and then a descent to the lower undulating levels for the rest of our day.
|River Kent in fine form shortly after our start|
|Strange earthworks. I'm sure the archaeologists would have a fine time speculating about the raison d'être,|
|Believe it or not that was a canal bridge in its day|
|Kendal on the way to the castle|
|Kendal castle and moat|
|Main street in Kendal. Wainwright's town hall prominent in distance|
|The mysterious entrance to an alcoholic treasure trove? See plaque below|
|Heavy shower on the way atop Scout Scar...|
|...and it's getting nearer as we approach the trig|
Looking back - we declined to compete for shelter with other rain soaked visitors.
I converted photo to b and w for a bit of drama
|Descending to the undulating plains for the rest of our walk|
|BC teeters round a tricky patch, I teetered even more - both of us ended the day with dry feet|
|As we approached this sorry sight I recognised it immediately even though It had succumbed even more since my previous visit in May 2010 - see next photo.|
|As at May 2010|
|St. Catherine's church see plaque below and its replacement in following photo|
|The new St. Catherine's church. Shap fells and possibly to left part of Kentmere|
|AW's Way green - we took riverside footpath|
|AW's Way - green|