Thursday, September 23, 2010

La'al Ratty & Stanley Force Falls

This week Karen's parents have been visiting & on Monday we decided to take La'al Ratty from Ravenglass to Dalegarth & have a walk up to Stanley Falls. We arrived at Ravenglass in good time for the 10:30 train Our train is the one to the rear We have our tickets (including the dogs) All set to go It is a bit of a squeeze to get both dogs into one compartment. The weather looks good at the moment to we opt for the open carriage
Crag tries to give Karen a kiss
And then tries it on with Ian!
We are off, Crag isn't bothered by the noise, taking it all in his stride, however Bess is trying to escape under the seat
We chose the 10:30 to enable us to have a steam train
Going through what once was a bridge
The Eskdale fells come into view
The train had quite a few passengers on it
Approaching Dalegath Station
Our engine "Northern Rock" is turned around in preparation for the return
We walk the short distance to Stanley Ghyll
And follow the river up to the first bridge. We surveyed these bridges in March, but because they are so well used they are done every 6 months so we survey them again.
This handrail is slightly damaged & the lower rail missing
This debris was here in March, but when we look where it is resting on the bank it has recently moved. With Autumn & Winter approaching this may need looking at as if the beck floods it potentially could damage the bridge
The other two bridges are fine so we continue on up. There has been so much rain in the past few days there are countless falls along the way
And we reach Stanley Force falls
There is an almost prehistoric / rainforest feel to the area
The second bridge on the walk
Some sunshine breaks through the trees
We head off towards Boot for lunch, we are not surveying this bridge but notice one of the grips on the ramp is broken so pass that information on
We had planned to use the stepping stones here to cross the River Esk here, but not today
We continue upstream to where a bridge crosses the river
After a lovely lunch at The Boot Inn we are back aboard The Northern Rock heading for Ravenglass. This train was a lot busier so we had to take a carriage inside.

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