18. Cumbria, Appleby and River Eden circular walk (1): part 1 Appleby to Great Ormside
Ramble-ramblers-rambling-walks-walking-footpaths-bridleways: Illustrates Walk 14 "Rutter Force" in Paul Hannon's "Walking Country - Eden Valley where Cumbria meets the Pennines"
Walking along on the banks of the River Eden near Appleby en route to Great Ormside.
The short road up to the delightful St James's Church, Great Ormside.
The church was established in the late 11th century and quite a bit of 11th-16th century stonework survives. There is a good guide to the church available and PLEASE leave a donation to help with the upkeep of this much cherished building.
The nave and chancel arch.
The Norman pillars of the nave.
Carvings in the porch (left & right) and the font (centre).
The ancient timbers of the roof of the nave and the 'Leper's Squint', set in an angled stone alcove, made in the 14th century to enable those afflicted with the disease leprosy to watch the mass and be kept separate from the 'healthy' congregation.
The north side of the church showing the great 'bulky' west tower on the right dating from ~1200.
St James Church is built on a partly man-made defensive hill overlooking the River Eden.
Ormside Hall, below the church, was largely rebuilt in the 17th century but retains a 14th century pele tower.
Cumbria, Appleby and River Eden circular walk: part 2 Great Ormside to Appleby
After Great Ormside you head for Rutter Force on Hoff Beck. The old mill and wheel are on the right.
You can cross Hoff Beck on the bridge or wade across the ford.
Wonderful Cherry blossom by the Rutter Force cottage.
The walk then follows Hoff Beck north back to Appleby.
Lots of spring lambs around jealously guarded by the sheep ...
... and stark atmospheric woodland in the crisp light of a cool spring day.
Just over the hill is Appleby atlas!
End of the walk - looking down into Appleby-in-Westmorland on the banks of the River Eden.
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