Inaugural OWPG Regional Get-together
Kicking off the first, of hopefully many regional OWPG Members get-togethers, the Northern England regional group is organising a day’s walking in the dramatic valley of the Upper Eden. This is a very informal get-together for OWPG members in both the North of England and Southern Scotland and will, it is hoped, be just the first of such regional events.
It begins and ends at The Old Forge, a micro-pub, recently opened in Kirkby Stephen by Chris and David Stewart – David is a long-standing Guild member and he and Chris run the Walking World website.
The full walk will be led by David and is a circular from Kirkby Stephen (town) to the dramatic ruins of Pendragon Castle and back. It’s a mostly gentle walk along tracks and field paths and comes to about 18kms or 11 miles for the full walk, estimated at six hours. There are shorter options for those who prefer.
Besides Pendragon (reputed birth place of King Arthur), other places of historic interest include the tower houses of Wharton Hall and Lammerside Castle, as well as evidence of mining, an Iron Age round house, pillow mounds, a lost medieval settlement in Mallerstang Valley and a packhorse bridge. Return is via a permissive path on the old trans-Pennine railway from Darlington to Tebay and Appleby, and crosses two stone viaducts.
Back for opening time at The Old Forge.
Bring a packed lunch!
Joining information (including when this is happening) – please see further information in the regional forum (don’t forget, you will need to log in first to access this!)