Dalegarth station to Dalegarth Falls walk
Beautiful 800 year old church
(Photos/words © urban75, 1st Sept, 2008)
After a delightful trip up from Ravenglass on the Ravenglass and Eskdale steam railway, we walked to Dalegarth Falls, up a deep, damp and narrow 60 foot-high gorge on Stanley Ghyll.
Walking from the station.
The well-signposted path to the Falls passes along a minor road.
The River Eskdale.
This hardy fellow had just jumped off the road bridge into the icy water below.
Following the Birker Beck on the way to the Falls.
There's several wooden footpaths crossing the Beck on the way.
The wooden sign warns: "WARNING: Path to Fallspool steep & Slippery."
At the Falls.
We climbed up from the Falls to the top of the valley.
Looking across to Saint Catherine's Church by the river at Boot.
The map said that there'd be stepping stones for crossing the river, but the recent rainfall had resulted in them being submerged under fast-flowing water.
After a few trial runs, we braved the freezing cold waters and waded across the river, accompanied by some new friends!
The 19th century Saint Catherine's Church, built on a site that dates back to at least the 6th Century.
Inside Saint Catherine's Church.
Saint Catherine's Church.
The elaborate gravestone of Thomas Dobson, Master of the Eskdale and Ennerdale foxhounds.
The gravestone features a likeness of Dobson's face, a hound and the animal he did his best to slaughter.
Walking towards Boot.
Welcome to Boot.
View from the open train carriage about to take us back to Ravenglass.
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