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Date & start time: Monday 2nd March 2009. 10.35 am start.
Location of Event : Calvert Stables, Windebrowe, Keswick, Cumbria, Uk ( NY 277 240 )
Places visited : River Greta, Brundholme Woods, Brundholme Linesman's Hut and back via the old railway track to Low Briery and Forge Brow.
Walk details : 3.5 ml, 750 ft of ascent, 1 hours 40 mins.
Highest point : Brundholme Woods 475 ft (146m )
Walked with : Myself and the dogs, Harry and Bethan.
Weather : Overcast with a hint of rain at the end.
Calvert Trust Stables . . . a "Riding for the disabled" morning.
While Ann was volunteering her services for the "Riding for the Disabled" support team at the Calvert Trust,
I took the opportunity of a local walk in the Keswick area.
Chance for me to explore the valley of the River Greta.
The old stone arched bridge at Forge Brow crosses the Greta just below the stables.
The River Greta water level is low at present but the pools and cataracts are a delight nevertheless.
One of the many iron bridges that carried the old Keswick Railway across the river.
The Brundholme Woods path eventually drops down and joins the old track, now a popular cycle and walking path.
Someone has been doing some tree clearance and the wood is stacked to one side.
The signboard describing the river, the aquatic life and the coming of the railway.
An old track side bunker survives though the track has long gone.
The station platform at Briery.
The signboard describes the old Bobbin Mill that used to manufacture wooded Bobbins in the riverside buildings here.
The railway was important for importing timber and exporting finished products from the mill.
A sturdy bridge over the railway gives access to the Briery site.
A short way on and the path rises and turns sharply along the hillside.
The stonework was the old railway tunnel entrance, now filled and by-passed.
The boardwalk allows us to continue on towards Keswick
making this a practical proposition for cycling, pushchair use and for access for the disabled .
Controversial at the time, the new A66 has certainly made access to Keswick, the North Lakes and the west coast towns a lot easier.
This high viaduct design is full of graceful curves, both on the structure itself and of the roadway above.
It's design won a rather prestigious award . . . for the Best Concrete Engineering Structure of the 20th Century . . . impressive.
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Technical note: Pictures taken with with my Cannon G7 Digital camera.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
This site best viewed with . . . an hour or two to spare to walk the dogs.
Previous walk - 28th February 2009 Kings How and Grange Fell
A previous time up here - 13th July 2006 Castlerigg and the Keswick Railway Path