CC212 KILLINGTON BRIDGE
There is limited parking on the road near Killington New Bridge, on the B6256, which connects the A684 and the A683, two mile west of Sedbergh.
1. Cross the bridge and walk uphill for 150 metres to take, on the left, a signposted footpath over a stile. Climb slightly right of a tree in the middle of the field to pass through a gate. Carry on up through the next one onto a narrow lane. Cross and drop down the signposted footpath towards Grassrigg. Go left over a stile before the dwelling and follow the waymarks directing you beside the fence on the right. At the corner cross the stream and then go over a stile to the next gate on the right.
2. Bear left and follow a narrow path through woodland to a stile. Go on climbing gently. Walk ahead over open ground (ignoring the track that bears off right) to a waymarked gate at the fence corner. Strike across the pasture towards Greenholme. Once through the second gate below the farmhouse, turn right and pass between the buildings. Fifty metres uphill beyond a waymarked gate, turn left through a gateway and head for another waymarked gate ahead.
3. Beyond this walk to a stile in the wall-corner ahead. Stride on the lovely way, and where the wall on the right ends, head slightly left towards a large free-standing ash tree. Then, keep the same direction down the slope to pas through a red metal gate. Turn right and skirt the edge of two fields to a gap stile in the corner. Walk on in the direction of the church. Do not go through the next gate, but take the easy stile on the right into the garden of a dwelling. Turn left Killington Hall, believed to be 15th century and built by Sir James de Pickering, and All Saints Church.
4. After a visit to the church walk on to the narrow road; turn left and continue for half a mile (enjoying the fine views of the Howgills) to a crossroads by a Scots pine tree. Go over and walk a reinforced track to Stangerthwaite. Bear left on a concrete track, and after 200 metres, where the track swings left and you are faced by two gates, take the stile between them to walk a hedged ginnel. Continue to cross the lawn at Broad Raine. Go ahead and through the stile to the side of a gate labelled 'The Mill, Private'.
5. Walk ahead through a waymarked blue door to pass under the mill. Go on past a small building and a fish pass at the weir. If you are doing this walk in October/November take a little time to watch the weir where you will almost certainly see salmon leaping. Climb a stile and stroll the river bank to another stile onto a narrow lane. Turn right and walk to the B6256. Turn right and cross the bridge to rejoin your car.
Distance: 4 miles
Time: 2-3 hours
Map: OS Pathfinders 617 and 618
Terrain: Generally easy walking all the way. The hedged track to Broad Raine can get very overgrown.
This walk has been contributed to the site by the well-known walks author, Mary Welsh. Mary writes walks for:
The Daily Express
The Sunday Express Colour Supplement
The Westmorland Gazette
Cumbria and Lake District Magazine
Your Dog Magazine
She is the author of the following:
Walks on Arran Walking the Howgills
Skye Fringes of South-west Lakeland
Wester Ross Teashop walks in the Lake District
Western Isles Swaledale and Wensleydale
Orkney North Lakeland
Shetland Walks on Lancaster Canal
Islay Leeds and Liverpool Canal
Canna, Rum, Eigg and Muck Lancashire
Tiree, Coll, Colonsay, and a touch of Mull Teesdale Waterfalls
Dumfries and Galloway
Walks for Children
Walks around Kendal Coniston & Hawkshead.