Friday, 12 June 2009


At the head of the Swale in front of Kisdon Force.

Waterfalls locally being known as "forces". Instead of following the river valley, we took the high road through lead mining country. Passed the ruins of Crackpot Hall.

Many of those who frequent the George could have aptly resided here ! Onwards and upwards to the disused mining centre, valleys torn asunder by lead mining long since ceased. This is Blakethwaite Smelting Mill, opened in 1821, and likely closed within 75 years.
Amidst vast, desolate spoils of the old mines marks 100 miles, home soon.
Then it's a long high level walk, cairns guiding the way to Reeth.

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