This short stroll down to the river and back up again is now called Uncle David’s Walk as we rambled around it after his funeral one fine September.
Turn right out of Sykehouse cottage and up the hill to the High Cross Inn. Cross the busy A595 to the pavement beyond and walk down to find the signpost and gateway off to the left. Leaving the traffic madness behind, stroll along the footpath across the River Lickle and fields down to the Duddon at a spot called The Sheep Dip. Good bathing in the Summer. At the river bank turn right and stroll along past the wild garlic and trees to the bridge. Stopping for the obligatory skimming stones contest.
Then cross the road by the traffic lights at the bridge and climb up the Ulpha Road, pass the first set of houses at Bank End. Look out for a rough track and signpost on the right leading up through some woods and out down the bottom of gorse covered Bleansley Bank.
At Lower Bleansley, a collection of farmhouses, turn right through the barns, down across the marshy pasturelands by the Lickle again, heading for Manor Farm. Follow the farm road up to the Coniston Road. Cross over to the White Gates of West Park, known by locals as the Show Field. Stop and admire the newly dredged pond, before making you way back across the field and into Broughton Square by the Coniston Road.
Takes about 2 hrs. One short steep climb through the woods at Bleansley Bank.