2017_08_20 Barbon

Leader : Ian Nelson                      Distance : 13.5 miles


Barbon just south of Sedbergh was today’s start point for 8 walkers.

An ideal day for it. Our route took us past Casterton Hall to Devil’s Bridge on the outskirts of Kirby Lonsdale.

Then on to High Casterton, Casterton Fell and Blindbeck bridge, for our return along Barbon beck.

We had arranged to have a meal in The Bay Horse at Winton, a venue we have used often.

Chair Ian and Robert, who  had done their own walk over Cronkly Fell in Teesdale joined us for the excellent meal.

Elaine reports the legend of Devil’s Bridge :-

The bridge as with many bridges of the same name is associated with a legend of the Devil who appeared to an old woman.

He promised to build a bridge so she could reach her cow on the other side of the river, in exchange for the first soul to cross over it.

When the bridge was finished she threw bread across the bridge and her pet dog chased after it.

Therefore outwitting the devil and saving her own soul.  ( so now we know ).