A Frosty Walk with Curlews


Please enjoy this wonderful post from John Bainbridge at Country Ways.

Country Ways

Yesterday, was one of those beautiful frosty days, when the ground is hard, the mud frozen, the sky blue, and you can see for miles – and our steps punctuated by the sound of curlews.

We walked out from Appleby-in-Westmorland, from Colby Lane taking the Dales High Way path to Bandley Bridge across the Hoff Beck, then the footpath down to the hamlet of Colby, where the Hoff Beck changes its name to the Colby Beck before it joins the River Eden. Then along the farm track towards Colby Laithes, before turning off at Limekiln Hill, taking the footpath to Whistley Hill, then back to Appleby. A pleasant walk too – half a dozen miles, with grand views across the Eden Valley towards the great edge of the North Pennines.

Although the modern footbridge at Bandley Bridge is 20th century, there has been a recorded crossing over the Hoff Beck…

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