March 7                  Barbon  (nr Kirkby Lonsdale)

Good weather, spring in the air                 

 four great walks, then a drink or two at the Barbon Inn– sounds good !


 A, B+,B & C walks staged a mass start from a layby just outside the village of Barbon.



A walk was led by  Mike James

 -who clearly likes his pint!

photos John Hodgson, Derek Pratt, John Jones


Suitably refreshed, a circular 13.5 miles began with an ascent to Eskholme Pike.
despite disputes over

ownership of the map


                  then to Castle Knott

and eventually to Calf Top(609metres)

 Plenty of good views from on top of the ridge overlooking Dentdale and the Howgills then dropping gently back into the Lune valley, then field paths en route to Barbon



 B+ walk was led by Roger Lewis


photos John Hodgson

A circular 10.5 miles, began  through the woods of

Barbondale following the Barbon Beck


Away South from the beck we started climbing

to the high point of Barbon Fell (437metres) 

Before reaching the village of Casterton we

pass several square sheep folds each

containing a large boulder: interesting

if nothing else and made in  1993 as part

 of the UK visual Arts in Cumbria by Andy

Goldsworthy. There are 16  sheep folds in all.

.   We return to Barbon passing through

Kirkby Lonsdale Golf Club and following

 the Barbon Beck again.



B- walk was led by Mike Higgins   A circular 8.5 miles at a slower pace than B+ but with

 the same height gain and with a shorter route back missing Casterton and the golf course, but

passing the stately home Whelprigg (now a holiday let).


The 'C' group's walk ,led by David Whitehurst,

        was a nine mile circular walk

photos by David Whitehurst


across the fields via Langthwaite to

 High Casteron

and on for lunch in Kirkby Longsdale overlooking the river  . 
The return took in Casterton Hall and

the meadow land alongside the Lune,

 before crossing the local golf course

 enroute to Barbon and it's delightful inn.

 In the delightful Inn
Finally,    Spare a thought for the casualties!

Really Finally Historical note on Casterton, by Roger Lewis

Half the village seems to consist of Casterton girls school, a private boarding school, costing about

 £6,000 a term, famous for the Bronte sisters having been to school here, but not exactly.

In 1824 the four Bronte sisters went to the Clergy Daughters School at Cowan Bridge (a few miles

 SE of Kirkby Lonsdale), only staying about a year, however Maria and Elizabeth died from

consumption soon after returning to Haworth. The poor conditions while at school were largely

 to blame.

In 1833 Cowan Bridge School was moved to Casterton.