The sad discovery of a body in the Caldew on Friday cast doubt over whether this walk would be permitted – fortunately the police did their job and the paths were all opened again on Saturday.
Our 2 option start worked really well – with 12 starting out from the Sands and 4 more joining us at Cummersdale for the 8 mile walk.
Theresa May would have felt extremely naughty on this walk as we crossed through not one but two wheat fields before using the hedge cutters to get us all safely across the double style.
Dalston park provided perfect socially distanced picnic facilities and fortunately by this time the rain showers had past.
Most of the day was spent in several woods including- Sowerby Woods, Ike Woods and Blackhall Woods. The slippery paths, uprooted trees , plank bridges and overgrown vegetation created a mini assault course which I’m proud to say we all managed to complete.
Fortunately when I did a recce on Saturday I confronted the farmer putting an electric fence across our footpath route- he told me there would be 300 cows on Sunday and advised a detour – as you can see from photos that was the case.
We made it back to Carlisle just before 4 o’clock – but sadly too late for the coffee shops.
Thanks for everyone who joined me on yet another lovely local river walk.