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Dales Way – Day 5 – Towards the Lake District


 

We left Ash Hining Farm at around 8.45am after a filling breakfast (lovely food here with lots of local produce) and retraced our steps to pick up the Dales Way again at Lower Branthwaite . Today we would be crossing the M6 and the West Coast mainline railway.

We were following the River Lune again and the ground was fairly soggy in places.  We left the River at the 16th Century Crook of Lune Bridge and passed under the very impressive Lowgill Viaduct (27m high). At this point we left the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

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Before we crossed the M6 we used an honesty box by a farm to buy a can of orange drink, which went down a treat.

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The next section after we crossed the M6 on a footbridge was very muddy and had been well used by cattle. There was mud (bog) nearly up to the knees in places and some determined walking got us through – although we were starting to look a bit odd with two-tone mud encrusted legwear…

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Close to Black Moss Tarn we stopped to don waterproofs and put the camera away, but as often happens when waterproofs appear, the rain never materialised.  We cracked on from here significantly adding to the walk’s stile count and arrived at Burneside just before 3pm.

We were picked up by the signboard for the Dales Way and taken the short distance to Kendal. We stayed at the Premier Inn  which was very good with a powerful shower to remove the many layers of mud !

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It had been a tough 13.2 miles today,  and the scenery whilst pleasant wasn’t up to the high standard of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, but we had enjoyed the challenge…

This evening’s food treat was fish and chips in town. We even sat in the Chippy! (Fish Express on Highgate).  We wondered what our last day would bring as we made our way into the Lake District National Park to the shores of Windermere.

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