Only three members plus two guests joined leader Martyn on this 20 mile stroll round the northern outposts of the National Park. Early showers soon abated to leave a dry and warm day with distant views to the inviting fells. Starting at Roehead a course was set initially northward to pass the attractive 12th Century church at Barton. The walk direction was then reversed as the River Eamont was followed into Pooley Bridge.


After dodging the summer tourists and grabbing a quick coffee-to-go, which was enjoyed on the opposite bank of the river, a course was set for the country mansion of Dalemain. This was the scene of a classic car rally frequented by a veritable army of aficionados. Luckily no entrance fee was required as we were walking against the flow! Those who were interested admired the ancient metal on display while the Philistines who think a car is just a box on wheels designed for convenient transport to the hills  marvelled at the multitude happy to spend a summer’s afternoon in such a way!


Moving on direction was reversed again en route for Dacre with its castle and church. A final vertiginous u-turn came as we headed for Stainton though first a welcome lunch stop was enjoyed in the warm sunshine looking down over the car people and towards Ullswater. After Stainton the river was followed again after a re-crossing below Sockbridge to finally reach Eamont Bridge.


Now turning south and in the company of the River Lowther a course was set for far away Askham initially passing through the environs of busy Lowther Caravan Park which was teeming with summer visitors. The walk concluded with a more peaceful saunter over Askham Fell and a visit to the fine little top of Heughscar Hill before dropping down once more to finish at Roehead.