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Events > 2006

The Great Westmorland Challenge
March to September 2006

The idea of walking the boundaries of the Westmorland parishes was mentioned at the event following The Great Lakeland Challenge and a number of people showed considerable enthusiasm.

In Wainwright’s Westmorland Heritage, originally written and published in 1975, and reissued by Frances Lincoln in the autumn of 2004, there are a total of 110 parishes listed. It was felt that walking the circumference of each of the parish boundaries would provide a most interesting challenge, and take walkers into areas they have perhaps not visited before. The distances of the circumferences range from 3 miles – the boundary of Sedgwick parish – to 27 miles –  Shap Rural and Orton both measuring the same Without doubt, however, one of the toughest boundaries  must be that of the Patterdale parish with a walking distance of 21 miles and total ascent of 10,935 feet. This includes ascents to the Helvellyn ridge, traversing across to Fairfield and Red Screes and then crossing the Kirkstone Pass to take in Caudale Moor, Thornthwaite Crag and back over Rest Dodd and Place Fell before descending once more to Ullswater’s shores. This would take 12½ hours hard walking but could easily be split at the Kirkstone Pass and completed over two days.

As well as many well-known heights in the Eastern, Far Eastern and Central Fells of the Lake District, the parish boundaries in Westmorland Heritage also take in some excellent fells further east, out of the Lake District National Park.  These include Wild Boar Fell (2324 feet), Nine Standards Rigg (2170 feet) and High Cup Nick and Cauldron Snout. In the Howgill Fells, there is also Great Coum at 2250 feet and Calf Top at 1999 feet. Whilst some of the parish boundaries do not always coincide with defined rights of way, most can be followed on higher ground, usually  to within a few hundred yards of the boundary itself. With the recent right to roam legislation, all the area covered by Westmorland Heritage is within areas covered by that legislation and therefore no access problems should now be encountered.

Details of the parishes are listed below, along with the distance of the boundary, height of ascent and the people who walked each boundary. The boundaries were walked during March to September 2006, inclusive.


updated 21st June 2006
Ch.
Parish
Starting
Point
Miles Ht in
Feet
Claimant &
Member No.
1
Ambleside
Kirkstone Pass Inn 401080
12 3250 Derek Cockell
(13)
2
Appleby
Road Junction 665209
6 700 Liz Lemal & Barrie
Fearnley (129)
3
Arnside
Arnside 457788
6 200 Jeff Harrison
(646)
4
Asby
Cutting by Griseburn 715125
15 600 Ian & Liz Hoyle
(175)
5
Askham
Celleran 496253
13 2200 Jenny & Kevin Whalley
(59)
6
Bampton
Burn Banks 507162
16 2600 Ian Smith
(605)
7
Barbon
Underlay Hall School 615801
11 2430 Margaret and Gerald Cummins
(21)
8
Barton
Celleran 496253
11 1850 Linda Davis
(606)
9
Beetham
Spout House 550816
12 570 Richard Daly
(6)
10
Bolton
Road Junction 614223
10 400 Martin Kirk
(183)
11
Bowness
Rayrigg Hall 403980
10 500 Fran and Edith Done
(180)
12
Brough
Inn north of Brough 795148
8 800 Penny Bibby
(494)
13
Brougham
Skygarth Farm 613261
15 600 Trevor & Ros Earthy (462)
14
Brough Sowerby
Bridge over River Belah 825120
7 400
15
Burton
Road near Curwen Woods 537781
7 800 Francis Mason-Hornby (405)
16
Casterton
Underlay Hall School 615801
14 2250 William John Smith
(167)
17
Cliburn
Skygarth Farm 613261
8 500 Keith Walker
(206)
18
Clifton
Campsite 526264
8 500 Caroline Nichol
(325)
19
Colby
Road Junction 665209
6 500
20
Crackenthorpe
Road Junction 665209
8 300
21
Crook
Crook Public House 465952
12 1000 David & Brian Scott
(244)
22
Crosby Garrett
Smardale Bridge 720060
12 700
23
Crosby Ravensworth
Threaplands 595174
17 1000
24
Crosthwaite
& Lyth
Bridge over River Pool 474895
15 700 Deborah Walsh
(611)
25
Dalton
Dalton
544767
8 800 Martin Tovey
(616)
26
Dillicar
Beckfoot 615965
6 900
27
Docker
Docker Bridge 566963
5 1200 Jack Townson
(119)
28
Dufton
Coney Garth 684258
20 2500 Mick Boddy
(572)
29
Fawcett Forest
Shap Summit 570110
16 2500 Val Wilkinson
(202)
30
Firbank
Beckfoot 615965
10 300 Jenny Dereham
(327)
31
Grasmere
Dale End 337062
14 5040 Peter & Jayne Hardy
(9)
32
Grayrigg
Docker Bridge 566963
12 1200 Moray Taylor
(243)
33
Great Strickland
Sherrif Park 554214
9 700 Gill & Mark Johnson
(160)
34
Hartley
Junction of R Eden & A685 776105
11 2200 Mark Blackburn
(71)
35
Helsington
Bridge over River Pool 474895
12 600
36
Heversham
Kidside 518826
6 300 Maurice McMahon
(558)
37
Hillbeck
Inn north of Brough 795148
12 2100 David Hiller
(535)
38
Hincaster
Railway & Road Crossing 514853
4 300 Phil, Pam & Robert Wright (23)
39
Hoff
Railway Br West of Gt Ormside 698171
10 600 Clive Harris
(299)
40
Holme
Road near Curwen Woods 537781
7 900
41
Hugill
Millriggs Works 455020
10 800 Don Morris
(653)
42
Hutton Roof
Road near Curwen Woods 537781
8 750 Derek Hainsworth
(446)
43
Kaber
Bridge over River Belah 825120
20 2000
44
Kendal
Road Junction 542927
10 500
45
Kentmere
Millriggs Works 455020
16 3700 Tim Green
(589)
46
Killington
Middleton Hall 625875
14 600 John Trevelyan
(81)
47
Kings Meaburn
Road Junction 614223
10 400
48
Kirkby Lonsdale
Underlay Hall School 615801
9 600 James Waring
(440)
49
Kirkby Stephen
Junction of R Eden & A685 776105
16 2000
50
Kirkby Thore
Junction near Newbiggin Moor 645289
10 700
51
Lambrigg
Lambrigg Head 598958
7 400 David Mould
(545)
52
Langdales
Dale End 337062
18 4000 David Mould
(545)
53
Levens
Bridge over River Pool 474895
12 300
54
Little Strickland
Sherrif Park 554214
6 600 Gill & Mark Johnson
(160)
55
Long Marton
Coney Garth 684258
18 2800
56
Longsleddle
Garnett Bridge 523993
19 3700 Steven Griffiths
(620)
57
Lowther
Sherrif Park 554214
15 1500 Gill & Mark Johnson
(160)
58
Lupton
Spout House 550816
10 400
59
Mallerstang
Wharton Hall 772062
13 3900 Jeff Coates
(443)
60
Mansergh
Middleton Hall 625875
9 800
61
Martindale
Howtown 444197
12 3600 Paul Rose
(380)
62
Meathop
& Ulpha
Road crossing stream 447820
9 200 June & Bill
(441)
63
Middleton
Middleton Hall 625875
12 2000 Michael Beecroft
(752)
64
Milburn
Junction near Newbiggin Moor 645289
18 3500 Phillip Wickens
(203)
65
Milnthorpe
Kidside 518826
6 200 Sheila Charnock (87)
& Marion Eccles (86)
66
Morland
Road Junction 614223
8 400 Dennis & Jackie Page
(104)
67
Murton
Railway Br West of Gt Ormside 698171
18 2600 Tony Deall
(70)
68
Musgrave
Cutting by Griseburn 715125
22 2300 Richard Wood
(427)
69
Nateby
Wharton Hall 772062
9 1700 Colin Roscoe
(634)
70
Natland
Road Junction 527890
6 200 Ann Parnham
(251)
71
Nether Staveley
Crook Public House 465952
11 500 Ian & Carole Prater
(415)
72
Newbiggin
Junction near Newbiggin Moor 645289
6 300 Lyndon & Joyce
Davies (42)
73
Newby
Threaplands 595174
11 1200
74
New Hutton
Road Junction 542927
12 1500
75
Old Hutton
Low Bleaze 549886
12 700 Helen Hackney
(673)
76
Ormside
Railway Br West of Gt Ormside 698171
10 700
77
Orton
Shap Summit 570110
27 3000 Graham Hall (106)
David Hall (253)
78
Over Staveley
Millriggs Works 455020
9 1400 Guy Russell
(629)
79
Patterdale
Kirkstone Pass Inn 401080
21 10900 Iain Smith-Ward
(451)
80
Patton
Docker Bridge 566963
3 400
81
Preston Patrick
Spout House 550816
10 900 Catherine Dixon
(81)
82
Preston Richard
Low Bleaze 549886
9 300 John Pulford
(27)
83
Ravenstonedale
Smardale Bridge 720060
21 2800 Tony Willey
(369)
84
Rydal &
Loughrigg
Dale End 337062
12 4000 Peter Linney
(2)
85
Scalthwaiterigg
Road Junction 542927
5 700
86
Sedgwick
Railway & Road Crossing 514853
3 200 Donald Holliday
(733)
87
Shap
Shap Lodge 566100
9 600 David Anderson
(592)
88
Shap Rural
Shap Summit 570110
27 4500 Robert Jackson
(58)
89
Skelsmergh
Garnett Bridge 523993
9 600 Graeme H Chapman MBE (651)
90
Sleagill
Threaplands 595174
7 750 Lyndon and Joyce Davies (42)
91
Stockbridge
& Tirril
Celleran 496253
6 800 Lyndon and Joyce Davies (42)
92
Soulby
Cutting by Griseburn 715125
9 700
93
Stainmore
Bridge over River Belah 825120
20 2500
94
Stainton
Low Bleaze 549886
9 480 Colleen Harrison
(254)
95
Strickland Ketel
Crook Public House 465952
8 400 Peter Burgess
(10)
96
Strickland Roger
Garnett Bridge 523993
9 1300
97
Tebay
Shap Summit 570110
18 1400 John Kennedy
(511)
98
Temple
Sowerby
Skygarth Farm 613261
6 300 Andy and Brenda Littleton (18)
99
Thrimby
Sherrif Park 554214
6 500 Gill & Mark Johnson
(160)
100
Troutbeck
Kirkstone Pass Inn 401080
17 5000 Peter Cartwright
(627)
101
Underbarrow
& Bradleyfield
Crook Public House 465952
12 1200 Geoff Houlton
(423)
102
Waitby
Smardale Bridge 720060
11 400
103
Warcop
Cutting by Griseburn 715125
23 2800 Graham Crossland
(756)
104
Wharton
Wharton Hall 772062
9 1800
105
Whinfell
Docker Bridge 566963
12 1200 Pam Lawes
(554)
106
Whitwell &
Selside
Garnett Bridge 523993
12 800 Tony Thompson
(306)
107
Windermere
Rayrigg Hall 403980
13 2500 Lord Clark Of Windermere (645)
108
Winton
Junction of R Eden & A685 776105
18 2300
109
Witherslack
Road crossing stream 447820
12 600 Lucy Fryer
(500)
110
Yanwath &
Eamont Bridge
Campsite 526264
8 200 John, Pat & Anna Baker (763)