A walk on the restful side

It is October now, and it is really the first time since August that I have been able to put fingers to keyboard to properly compose a post. The past few months have been hectic – not just with work, but also with familial matters, both of which have taken their toll on any free time. There was one bright spark at the beginning of September though – a walk on the restful side.

It was the end of high summer and Hubby and I had completed our chores by mid-afternoon. This was a first after many weeks of working without rest. ‘Right,’ I said to Hubby, ‘Let’s go for a walk.’ The sun was shining, the dog was looking bored, and Hubby was game. As it was already mid-afternoon, we could not go far, but we knew that we wanted to go to a sparsely populated area of Cumbria for a short walk.

Once strapped into our vehicle, Hubby set off for the Kentmere Valley, only a short drive from our house, Blenheim Lodge. The area is full of rolling hills and home to sheep and cattle. Our plan was to walk to the Kentmere Reservoir. Unfortunately, we lost our way and never got there.

Kentmere Reservoir, Kentmere Valley courtesy of http://www.docbrown.info/docspics/lakes/lakespage03.htm.

Kentmere Reservoir, Kentmere Valley, courtesy of http://www.docbrown.info/docspics/lakes/lakespage03.htm.

What we did see, however, as we made our way uphill was an increasing number of cow pats! Yes, cow pats! We could not understand it until we neared the crest and saw, in the near distance, a field of cattle. The farmer must have recently moved them there. Hubby stayed with Zack whilst I traipsed further up to investigate the footpath. Well, it was fortuitous that we kept the dog lower down the slope: what I saw was a bull amongst the cows! Gulp! Time to turn around!

We quickly made our way downhill and then walked along a well-grassed path which would lead us back eventually to the little church, St Cuthbert’s, opposite which we had parked our vehicle.

St Cuthbert's in Kentmere. Photo courtesy of http://www.visitcumbria.com/churches/kentmere-st-cuthberts-church/.

St Cuthbert’s in Kentmere. (Photo and description courtesy of http://www.visitcumbria.com.)

‘St Cuthbert’s Church is mainly of 1866, with 16th century roof beams. Alterations were made in the 1950s. Little is known of the early history of this building. It has been suggested that parts may be of Norman or even Saxon times. It was re-roofed, probably in the mid-16th century, and the present ceiling beams are thought to be of that age. The building’s site, in the middle of a circular walled burial ground next to a yew tree which is around 1000 years old, would suggest a very early place of worship.’

Hubby, Zack, and I might not have made it to Kentmere Reservoir but we did enjoy an engaging walk on a lovely sunny day in early September. It felt so good to get out into open countryside with fresh country air. Our surroundings were beautiful and we relished the peace and quiet as we walked along footpaths that thousands have done over past centuries. What a wonderful way to relax! It was a restful walk indeed.

Overlooking the Kentmere Valley, Cumbria.

Overlooking the Kentmere Valley, Cumbria.

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