A Stroll around Casterton

in travel •  4 months ago 

After yesterday’s post that to me, lacked substance but gained a lot more attention than the previous 1250 word monster I wrote, I’m back with another semi-shitpost.

'If they gain more attention that that recent breakthrough in time travel that I have just discovered then why not just write about them?'

Three weeks ago we had one of the hottest Easters on record. Everyone seemed to want to get away for a break and any Hotel, B&B, Hole in the ground worth its salt was booked to the hilt.

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We managed to get one night in Casterton, South Cumbria for a night at £150. It was not cheap but seemed like a bargain considering all the ‘Sold Out’ results I was getting on the various booking websites.

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While there we had a wander through the local countryside without maps or direction. @bingbabe did make a recording but as she's not in I'll have to just point you to the (above) location.

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Casterton is a small village with a population of around 425. We meandered up a country lane and past the local church.

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Some of the houses were quite grand and others, rows of cottages but there was little sign of life from either type.

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The road petered out and became a country lane which went under a railway bridge. At this point, some maniacs came racing past on a nearby road screaming obscenities out of the window.

Fortunately, the road was on the other side of the bridge and we hadn't quite reached it yet.

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@bingbabe decided to take a rest on this bench, well why not?

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Next, a load of chickens noticed us and raced toward us in hope of some scraps. It was all in vain as we don't tend to carry chicken feed around with us.

We doubled back at this point as the maniac road was right in front of us and we didn’t want to be mowed down when they came back.

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This is the local school, it looks very rural and posh.

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Heading down another country lane, we passed this footbridge delicately coated with fallen leaves and a weird looking tree that @kus-knee may be interested in.

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Walking past this field full of bluebells we reached a gate that said, ‘Public Footpath'.

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Now there are footpaths all over the UK, but they don’t always make it clear where the other side is.

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The stile led us into a huge field with no indication of where to go. Some beast was making strange noises in the forest at the far end and I feared we may be eaten alive so left hastily.

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We attempted to make our way back to the hotel and went the wrong way, and past this swing. @bingbabe did have a go but I didn’t snap her while on it.

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This was the closest I got to any Urbex, quite pitiful.

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Almost back and I noticed this sign, ‘Public Footpath’. Honesty, would you go into a field full of stinging nettles and overgrown shrubbery?


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Lovely photos. It looks like that village hasn't changed much in the past 300 years.

No chicken feed in your pockets? How can that be?

It looks a delightful walk, actually. Sometimes, the best places I find are when I'm at least partially lost.

Thanks for sharing the walk. I really do appreciate it.

You never do an actual 'shitpost'. You put more into your posts than many people here and some of them manage to make a lot more than you. Looks like a nice place to explore. The British countryside is a great asset and we ought to preserve it.

You put more into your posts than many people here and some of them manage to make a lot more than you.

Thanks @steevc, but we both know the rewards are really nothing to do with the quality, though I would love this to be the case. Yes, our countryside is great and there's more of these (ugh..) to come soon. I have been hoarding them.

Did a great Urbex tonight, an old creepy church. Will post it next week.

In some cases good posts get the rewards they deserve, but there's a lot of voting for friends and strategic curation going on. A lot of the votes I get are automatic, but I value it when people read and leave a comment. A few dollars each day are not life-changing for me, but could be for some. Just acquiring wealth does not excite me.

In some cases good posts get the rewards they deserve, but there's a lot of voting for friends and strategic curation going on.

I'll talk to you more about this on Saturday. I hope we have time to fit everything in. Only 7 tickets sold you say, but I'm sure there will be more than last year

That's too bad you weren't able to get closer to the tunnel, I don't blame you though if crazy people were driving about. I don't think I would want to go down that footpath either. The break in the wall they made for it is pretty cool though. Those cottages are what I think most people think of when they imagine the UK.

Those cottages are what I think most people think of when they imagine the UK.

Are they? You would see this in a different perspective to me I suppose. The car was like The Dukes of Hazzard but with profanity!

Okay, maybe they are just what I think of.

The UK is very different depending on your location. Were I live is very industrial (or was), and is a fallout of those times. That's why we have all these old mills rotting away. Wish I could show you.. you should get over here sometime!

I'd love to someday. Probably not going to be anytime soon. I just had to replace my truck!

Cant believe you dont carry around chicken feed. What kind of man are you?

It was very disrespectful of me, I should go to the SinBin for 2 minutes.. I know...

You could have distracted the awful beast in the woods with it :OD

We never saw said beast but it was there all right. Once on the right side of the stile we knew safety. Sometimes you need to run to avoid being devoured.

Running is all underrated skill. Does that mean if it had pursued you that only @bingbabe would have survived! :0D

Very likely, as I don't stand a chance at keeping up with her.

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You made me smile a couple of time. I think your right @kus-knee will be checking out that tree. If he asks for a stressed tree you got it.

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