What a beautiful day it was today. Far too good to be stuck at home so off I went along a footpath near my home just off the Currock Road, which runs all the way to Durdar. I didn’t go that far but I went a fair way. What a lovely little walk it turned out to be. I walked along the side of fields full of cows and horses and I could see some Lake District Peaks in the distance. I did wonder when I would ever walk in the Lake District again. There were a few bluebells about and it made me think of Rannerdale Knotts, a lovely walk at any time but quite spectacular in bluebell season. Sod’s Law this is probably one of its best years but only to be seen by the handful of people who live in Buttermere. I finally ended up at Hammonds Pond and took a walk round the pond. I didn’t have to worry very much about “social distancing” there wasn’t many people about at all. The park and pond were very pleasant and think we are quite fortunate that we live in Carlisle, it does have some nice parks. Apart from Hammonds Pond we have Rickerby Park, Bitts Park and even the Dalston Cemetery is very nice. I think I will avoid the cemetery for the moment, it could feel a bit like doing a recce. It was just great to get out of the house and walk in the sun and I’m pleased to see that quite a few of you are doing the same thing.
I have recently moved to Upperby and discovered this short ramble. It's less than four miles, grade four. St. Ninian's Well
From St. Ninian's Road, Upperby, walk south along Brisco Road to the pretty village/hamlet of Brisco. Please be careful as there is no footpath and vehicles tend to fly along. When you get to Brisco after 150 yds take a lane through a five bar gate on the right between two bungalows. It is not signposted but is obviously a track. Follow the lane down the hill to the end. Turn right through a kissing gate and the well is on the right after 20 yds. It is not well cared for but has been in the past as it has a carved stone frontage, that looks fairly modern based on the wear. Turn your back to the well and cross the stile into the field. Its a little muddy here with the overspill from the well. In the field continue down the hill keeping the hedge to your right. Cross another stile into a mired pool and on down the hill as before until you reach a kissing gate before a foot way under the railway lines. Go through the subway and continue in a straight line until you reach the Petterill. You will be able to see Carleton on your right. Over the footbridge take the well worn path up the hill, ignore the riverside path as it peters out at a cliff face, crest the hill then down the other side close to the trees to the river bank once more. Over a stile which is a bit challenging as some of the steps are missing, still keeping near the river. Follow this as it drops down into an area that floods and is quite muddy, up a bit of a raise at the otherside to join a well defined track. Turn left. The track goes into a field, the river now out of sight but the path is obvious and well used. At the other side of the fieldthe track runs into a small wood, the river staying off on your left with a marshy area of small runnells and stagnant pools and black thorn bushes to your right. The path rises again up a small hill, stay left through a kissing gate, there is a little bluebell wooded bank to the right. Through the woods the path twists to the left and there is a footbridge back over the Petterill. Turn right. Walk through the water meadows on the right hand track which follows the river and then the railway to a kissing gate onto St. Ninian's Road. Turn left once more under the railway lines and up the hill until you reach Brisco Road and the beginning of the walk