From Kendal to Holme

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River Kent, Kendal

I stayed overnight in Carnforth with the purpose to walk on the Northern Reaches of the Lancaster Canal.  The canal from Tewitfield to Kendal has been fragmented in several sections when the M6 motorway was built in the 1960s and more so when the key roads were upgraded.  The Lancaster Canal Trust is currently restoring this stretch where it is hoped one day boats wil able to cruise up to Kendal via the Tewitfield Locks (which are about to be restored as I blog).  

I caught a bus (No. 555) to Kendal.  It took me a while to find The Canal Head where the canal used to start from.  The original line can be seen in Kendal and today it is public footpath.

The beginning of The Northern Reaches (Lancaster Canal)
 Walking out of Kendal and following the signs to Sedgwick via open farmland, I met a couple who were disappointed to see the canal infilled though remants including the bridges and towpath lines can be seen.

There were a series of diversions as the canal is cut by the A590 road before I reached Hincaster Tunnel.  The tunnel is listed as an Ancient Monumnet and this 19th Century structure originally took the canal near Sedgwick Gunpowder Works.  Another diversion followed and I rejoined the canal and for a bit I finally saw water!  Two swans hissed at me passing and I didn't realise until afterwards they were ferociously guarding their offspring. 

Passing through Stainton I reached Crooklands where I stopped in the hotel for an overdue drink and comfort break.  Lancaster Canal Trust offers trips on their NB Waterwitch and the village's wharf was once a coal yard which was once transported on the canal.

It was then only a couple of miles or so to Holme via the noisy M6 motorway but I was surrounded by stunning countryside of the Lakeland Fells.  There were some diversions as the canal was culverted in places and I eventually reached Holme, my destination, and finished at Bridge 149.  I walked down the road to the village where I caught the bus back to Carnforth. 

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River Kent, Kendal
River Kent, Kendal
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Sedgwick Aqueduct, The Northern Re…
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Levens Hall, near Sedgwick
Levens Hall, near Sedgwick
Hincaster Tunnel, The Northern Rea…
Hincaster Tunnel, The Northern Re…
Hincaster Tunnel, The Northern Rea…
Hincaster Tunnel, The Northern Re…
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Finally see water!The Northern Re…
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