For the first time in many months we crossed the border into England for our Wednesday walk. No David today as he is away to St. Andrews on business and he has missed his first walk for 8 weeks so it was just me and Tom. The destination was Talkin Tarn and Brampton along the old mineral railway built in 1798 built to bring coal from workings on Tindale Fell. First of all a walk round the Tarn and this lovely Duck was diving every few seconds but I managed to get it in-between dives. I think it is a Tufted Duck but I am sure my friend Harry will keep me right there.
Talkin Tarn which is a kettle hole lake formed 10,000 years ago by mass glacial action. The Tarn is fed by underground streams and it covers 65 acres and there is a 1.3 mile path round it.
From the Tarn we headed over a field to Brampton Station on the Carlisle to Newcastle railway line. The branch line to Brampton joined it here but it closed in 1923. We enjoyed a 15 minute coffee break in the covered section on the left hand platform.
On the outskirts of Brampton is this lovely Beech hedge
This used to be the Tarn End House Hotel but it was derelict for many years until a local property developer demolished it and turned it into very desirable flats.
Next to Brampton station is this small pond where this family of Swans are resident.
This is one of the lovely lanes we walked along on our walk.
The old Brampton railway line.
Its lovely walking along the edge of a field of Barley
This is called Wood's Hill and it has always impressed me as I walked past it.
This was the route we took for our 6.7 mile walk which we ended with a Cappuccino at the Cafe beside the Tarn.