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22. Eden Valley, Cumbria - Long Meg & her Daughters and Lacy's Caves River Eden circular walk (2): Part 1 - Long Meg to Daleraven Bridge (Spring and Autumn pictures)

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Ramble-ramblers-rambling-walks-walking-footpaths-bridleways: Illustrates Walk 4 "Long Meg and Lacy's Caves" in Paul Hannon's "Walking Country - Eden Valley where Cumbria meets the Pennines" OR Walk 4 "Long Meg" in Alan Hall's "Dalesman walking Guides - North Pennines

For other River Eden walks see page 18 and page 31

 - River Eden walk, Eden Vale, Cumbria, Northern England

The prehistoric stone circle of Long Meg and her Daughters', the so-called 'Druids Circle' of megaliths.

The prehistoric stone circle of Long Meg and her Daughters', the so-called 'Druids Circle' of megaliths.

The prehistoric stone circle of Long Meg and her Daughters', the so-called 'Druids Circle' of megaliths.

 

St Michaels and All Angels Church, Addingham

 St Michaels and All Angels Church, Addingham, is reach walking north from Long Meg and her Daughters.

 

Addingham medieval church, which despite restoration in 1898, parts of it date back to Norman times.

Addingham medieval church, which despite restoration in 1898, parts of it date back to Norman times.

 

The Saxon cross and double bell-cote of Addingham church.

The Anglo-Saxon Hammerhead Cross in the graveyard and the double bell-cote of Addingham church near Penrith, Cumbria.

 

The nave and chancel arch of Addingham church.

The nave and chancel arch of Addingham church.

 

In the porch are some old cross shafts and a Viking hogsback tombstone  some 'traditional' stained glass of the east window

In the porch are some old cross shafts and a Viking hogsback/hogback tombstone (left) and some 'traditional' stained glass of the east window (right).

 

some 'striking' modern stained glass in the west window  the more 'traditional' Victorian style stained glass

On the left some 'striking' modern stained glass in the west window, on the right the more 'traditional' Victorian style stained glass.

 

Heading down to Glassonby.

Heading down to Glassonby and the Daleraven Bridge.

Daleraven Bridge - River Eden walk, Eden Vale, Cumbria, Northern England  River banks in autumn - River Eden walk, Eden Vale, Cumbria, Northern England

Just at Daleraven Bridge you turn left to walk south along the eastern banks of the beautiful River Eden.

Just at Daleraven Bridge you turn left to walk along the eastern banks of the beautiful River Eden.

Just at Daleraven Bridge you turn left to walk along the eastern banks of the beautiful River Eden.

The banks of the River Eden

Autumn scene on the banks of the River Eden - River Eden walk, Eden Vale, Cumbria, Northern England

Autumn scene on the banks of the River Eden


Eden Valley, Cumbria - Long Meg & her Daughters and Lacy's Caves circular walk: part 2 - Back to Long Meg via the Banks of the River Eden (Spring and Autumn pictures)

Illustrates Walk 4 "Long Meg and Lacy's Caves" in Paul Hannon's "Walking Country - Eden Valley where Cumbria meets the Pennines"

Autumn scene - River Eden walk, Eden Vale, Cumbria, Northern England

Autumn scenes on the banks of the River Eden

Autumn scene - River Eden walk, Eden Vale, Cumbria, Northern England  Autumn scene - River Eden walk, Eden Vale, Cumbria, Northern England

 

Lacy's Caves - River Eden walk, Eden Vale, Cumbria, Northern England  Lacy's Caves - River Eden walk, Eden Vale, Cumbria, Northern England

Lacy's Caves were formed naturally out of the red sandstone rock, but where enlarged by a certain Lt. Col. Samuel Lacy of Salkeld Hall in the 18th century.

Lacy's Caves - River Eden walk, Eden Vale, Cumbria, Northern England   - River Eden walk, Eden Vale, Cumbria, Northern England

 

You can still see evidence of gypsum mining along the course of the Longmeg Tramway that transported the minerals from the Longmeg mine to the main line railway  Old mining building - River Eden walk, Eden Vale, Cumbria, Northern England

You can still see evidence of gypsum mining along the course of the Longmeg Tramway that transported the minerals from the Longmeg mine to the main line railway (see viaduct picture below).

 

The 60 ft high 7 arched viaduct that carries the Settle-Carlisle railway line.

The 60 ft high 7 arched viaduct that carries the Settle-Carlisle railway line.

 

Spring 'Garden flowers' near Little Salkeld. Take the diversion down the Penrith & Langwathby road to an interesting mill and some good food - River Eden walk, Eden Vale, Cumbria, Northern England

Spring 'Garden flowers' near Little Salkeld. Take the diversion down the Penrith & Langwathby road to an interesting mill and some good food.

 

The 18th century corn mill at Little Salkeld, with a working water wheel, and lovely organic food for a purchased picnic stop!  The water driven mill grinding stone machinery - River Eden walk, Eden Vale, Cumbria, Northern England

The 18th century corn mill, still working via a water wheel and also functions as the 'Water Mill Cafe Tea Room' at Little Salkeld, with a working water wheel, and lovely organic food for a purchased picnic stop!

 

Distant view of Cross Fell as you head up the Glassonby road back to Long Meg and her Daughters - River Eden walk, Eden Vale, Cumbria, Northern England

Distant view of Cross Fell as you head up the Glassonby road back to Long Meg and her Daughters.

Finally you return to Long Meg and her Daughters.

Finally you return to Long Meg and her Daughters.

Long Meg herself.

Long Meg herself!

In the distance beyond these huge stones rises Cross Fell

In the distance beyond these huge stones rises Cross Fell (just right of centre above, on the left horizon below).

In the distance beyond these huge stones rises Cross Fell

The children playing on the stones give some idea of their 'megalithic' size!

The children playing on the stones give some idea of their 'megalithic' size!

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En route one can call in for some lovely homemade organic food at the The Watermill, Little Salkeld, East Cumbria, England

The working machinery of the water driven mill
The River Eden, Eden Valley, East Cumbria, England

Little Salkeld, The Eden valley, East Cumbria, England  There are several lovely walks by the River Eden, in The Eden valley of East Cumbria. One of circular walk includes the prehistoric stone circle of Long Meg and Her Daughters (more pictures-notes), and the curious Lacy's Caves carved out of sandstone rocks above the River Eden. The Eden Valley is one of the relatively unknown treasures of rural northern England.

Lacy's Caves carved out of sandstone above the River Eden Railway viaduct over the River Eden on Carlisle-Settle railway line
the prehistoric stone circle of Long Meg and Her Daughters, East Cumbria, England

En route one can call in for some lovely homemade organic food at the Watermill cafe tea room, Little Salkeld, Cumbria, England, which also has a working watermill to grind the flour. The miller will show you round the mill and explain how all the machinery works. Picture of the water driven flour grinding stone with its cog-wheels (top-right picture). More scenes from East Cumbria, The Pennines and Yorkshire Dales

Little Salkeld River Eden in autumn

 

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