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All the walks have been graded as 'moderate' or 'easy' in difficulty. This means that we will be walking over ground that may be may be rough, stony or boggy. A reasonable fitness level is therefore needed on uneven, rising/falling ground. Participants need to take responsibility for their own comfort and safety by wearing suitable footwear as well as warm and waterproof clothing. Participants also need to bring a packed lunch and drink.

If you want to lead a walk or have an idea for a walk, please get in touch through the secretary -info@duddonhistory.org.uk

Please note some walks will incur addition costs eg entrance fees or fares.

Are you planning on joining a walk?

Please contact the leader with any specific queries.

It’s helpful if walk leaders have some idea of who is intending on coming on a walk. It makes it possible to arrange lifts/car sharing and makes cancelling easier in the event of very bad weather. It prevents hanging about waiting at picking up points. It is especially important if you are going directly to the start of the walk. Please contact walk leader the night before or at least half an hour before the meeting time at Broughton.

Where the leaders are going to the walk start directly, a Broughton contact will be given to co-ordinate travel.

Next Walk

THIS IS THE DRAFT PROGRAMME FOR 2019-20. WALKS IN BOLD HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED

Sat 23rd Jan 2020: Seathwaite Ramble- Gail Batten 716840

Historic homes, school, church. 4m easy

10:00 Broughton Square 10:30 Seathwaite Village Hall

 

NOTE:  REPORTS OF PREVIOUS WALKS CAN BE SEEN BELOW THIS YEAR'S PROGRAMME

9  Sat 15th Feb - Keith Nixon 716491

Stephenson Ground. Excavation sites, rhyolite outcrop, quarry pool. 5m moderate

10:00 Broughton Square 10:20 Stephenson Ground - limited parking car sharing essential

10  Thu 12th Mar 2020 - Jennifer Galagher 015395 58495

Lancaster Canal. Carnforth and back via historic Borwick. 5m easy

09.22 Foxfield to Carnforth (To be confirmed)

6 Saturday Oct 26th  2019 - Maryport, Town, Fort and Docks

Stephe Cove 773965 Dave Hughes 716659

Walk through the town to the fort, trip beyond to Hadrian's Wall fortlet, and then down through the docks. 5 miles, moderate.

Meet Maryport Railway station at 11:00 ish

Travel by train: - Foxfield 09:35  Maryport 11:03

Use Live departure board link to check the train is running on time from an hour or so before departure https://www.thetrainline.com/live/departures/barrow-in-furness

Dave and I will be travelling by car to ferry people from The Roman Fort in the town up to the fortlet and the medieval salt pans. It would be helpful to know who is coming so we know who to contact to arrange car share if Northern Rail let us down

Contact Stephe 01229 773965

12  Sat 11th Apr 2020 - Jeremey Bradley 07532 483296

Shifting Sands and Village Plans. Overton, Sunderland Point, Lune Estuary 6m easy/moderate

10:00 Broughton Square 11:00 Overton Car Park LA3 3HD

13  Thu 23 Apr 2020 - Ken Day 716113

Lacra Bank. Bronze age burials and standing stones. 5m moderate - steady climb to 500ft

10:00 Broughton Square 10:30 layby at Whicham Church

14  Thu 7 May - Stephe Cove 773965 Dave Hughes 716659

Lancaster Canal from Galgate to Glasson Dock. Towpath, old railway track 5.5m easy. (option to walk into Lancaster, extra 4m to be picked up at Sainsbury's cafe)

09:15 Broughton Square, 09:30 Greenodd, 1030 Galgate, near M6 Junction 33 (meeting point to be confirmed)

 

15  Sat 23 May 2020 - Ricky Rushton

A coffin Route

16  Thu 11 Jun 2020 - Mervyn Cooper 582379

Torver Stone Circles for Olympic Year. Enclosures, burial cairns and kilns. 6m moderate

10:00 Broughton Square 10:30 10:30 Torver Parish Rooms

Walk Reports

Last walk:

 Thu 7th Nov 2019 - Roger Kingston  582790 Great and Little Urswick. - CANCELLED

 

Previous walks:

Walk Reports Archive:  2018-2019   2017-18   2016-17

Sat 26th October 2019: Maryport - Stephe and Dave - CANCELLED

Sat 10th October 2019: Woodland - Ken Lindley

Sat 21st September 2019, ConistonWater Power - Alison Matthews

Sat 14th Sep 2019: Coniston coppermines - Mark Hatton

A select group of seven (and three dogs) set of to walk round the coppermines with Mark today. We were told loads of interesting facts about the five hundred years of mining we know about and the potential for thousands of years since the bronze age residents of Coniston probably made use of the copper here. To put this into perspective, Dave and I who have wandered extensively here for over forty years saw things we had never noticed before.

We ventured into the dark twice to see the sheaved wheel and Old Engine shaft near the wheel pit high up towards Red Dell and again to see the blue shaft near the entrance to Courtney’s cross cut.

At lunch Mark read us stories. We heard a description of conditions underground from the mine doctor writing in the early nineteenth century, heard about the distribution of poor Mr Millican’s entrails when he fell into the wheel and heard about the American student who failed to reach the other side while attempting to jump across deep workings.

To find out more about the mines, don’t miss Mark’s coming talk in a couple of weeks.

Stephe

Fri 6th Sep 2019: Haverthwaite with Ron Mein -Sue Lydon CANCELLED

Sat 17 Aug 2019: Broughton Circular - Stan Aspinall CANCELLED

Ladyhall is a quiet, 'out of the way' hamlet; a farming community with very little through traffic. lt was not always so, lt was once the main route for  travellers to and from Hallthwaites, The Green, \Millom, as well as traffic crossing the ford. There was enough through traffic to keep two pubs in business and like most communities it had its own Chapel of Ease, now better known as Marrs Cottage. Sulphur mining provided employment in the nineteenth century. Now crossing the busy A595 at Buckman Brow, the footpath takes us through Duddon Bank. Two years ago during alterations to the driveway entrance a thick bed of Bloomery waste was found. The Duddon Valley History Group were called in to investigate and record their findings. Samples were sent for carbon dating. lron smelting had been going on at the site as early as the fourteenth century. Below the waste was found a shard of flint; dropped there during the Neolithic period. Four thousand years ago.

As we make our way up through woods we see several Pitsteads. Level platforms cut into the hillside where charcoal was made to supply the lron smelting operation close by the river Duddon and  built by the  Cunsey Company in 1736. Leaving the path, about 2/3rds of the way up the hillside, about 40 yards of on left there is a fine example of a Potash kiln, also known as a Elyeing Hearth. Potash, made from the burning of bracken, was important in the washing of wool. The ash, mixed with lime and tallow was boiled up to make a soft liquid soap and used for centuries, up to the mid nineteenth century. Returning to the path, we continue on up and over the style in the wall. 50 yds on, on the left is a fine example of a lime kiln. There was a second kiln adjoining but was at some time destroyed. Close bye there is a deep trench; a limestone outcrop from where the kilns were feed. Heading now for Broadgate we pass a fine example of a 'crook framed' building. lt is private property so permission should the sought. Crook, or cruck frame was a method of building, common from the 13th century through to the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Next to the bridge at Broadgate is a date stone. 1829 must be when the bridge was constructed. ln a building nearby is a well preserved overshot water wheel. There to run machinery in the adjoining buildings.

Taking a direct route across the fields, we head for Hallthwaites. ln the last field we cross before entering the village, the river was dammed to supply water power to the spinning and weaving mill and walk mill Following the beck into the village we can see the dye mill and the tentering ground, where the cloth was stretched over a frame to dry. Also in this field was an iron smelting bloomery; similar to the one found on Buckman Brow.