Brampton Circulars – 11 November 2017

Way back in 2009 we did Greenhead to Brampton as a set of routes and since then we have probably been along the A69 road any number of times and gone straight past the A6071 turn off that leads into Brampton without once thinking about visiting the place again. But here we are some eight years later all set to make that turn onto the A6071 and head downhill into Brampton.

Well, at least one of the routes is going to do that, the other three will have got off the coach sometime before and will have to make do with coming to Brampton on foot. Brampton was established in the 7th century and became a market town in 1252 when King Henry III granted it a chanter so while we have not been here for some time a lot of other people have been coming to this town for a very long time.

Some of those people could have come from Low Row to the east of Brampton where three of the routes are starting their walks. Two of the routes are going north up onto Hadrian’s Wall and then coming west. The short walk comes off the Wall at Haytongate and starts to come south through Lanercost Priory which was founded in 1169. This is sometime before Brampton became a market town but at this time Brampton had its own church and as the short route comes into Brampton along Brampton Ridge it is easy to imagine that this was the natural way for visitors to approach Brampton from Lanercost.

The 11-mile route, which is taking the Hadrian’s Wall Path goes further to the west and then comes south at Dovecote Bridge eventually coming into Brampton very close to the original parish church which lies to the west of the town. The church is built on the site of a Roman Fort and is built from stones taken from Hadrian’s Wall. It was in use until 1878 when the church of St Martins was built in the main part of the town.

The third walk to start at Low Row is the 12.5-mile route and this is going south past Hallbankgate and down to the edge of Brown Fell before turning back north-west through the village of Talkin and then around Talkin Tarn and heading for Brampton Railway Station. The station itself is about a mile south-east of the town which seems a bit odd but this was originally part of a mineral line that took coal from Tindale Fell down to Brampton and the station was originally called Milton which was named after the village where it was located. With the coming of the mainline Newcastle to Carlisle railway in 1836, the station was realigned and later became known as Brampton Station. A branch line leading into the town was constructed and a passenger service introduced in 1881. While the people living in the town thought the service was important the owners of the railway thought otherwise and it finally closed in 1923. Which means the 12.5-mile route can now safely walk on what is now a public footpath from the Station into town.

As it happens the 11.5-mile route, which is doing the only circular, goes out on the same footpath before heading for a near full circuit of Talkin Tarn and then heading to the village of Talkin before turning back through Gelt Woods. and a return to Brampton.

Brampton is part of the Walkers are Welcome initiative and is one of only four towns in Cumbria to hold this distinction, the other three towns are Kirkby Stephen, Sedburgh and Alston. As a walking group, we feel that when towns make an effort to bring visitors into their area, particularly wet and muddy walkers then we have to make a point to visit them. So hopefully it will not be as long before we get back to Brampton, however, should you wish to make it there on this occasion how about joining us for a walk. You can find the walk descriptions here and the GPS routes here.

You will not be surprised to find that the image for this post is not one from a previous visit to Brampton but is, in fact, an image from a walk in Austria where some of the Redkite Ramblers members visited earlier this year.

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Walk No. 23 Brampton Circulars 11 November 2017
Area: Cumbria Map: OL 43, Exp 315
7.5 miles Moderate
Start: A69 Road Grid Ref NY586626
Long Row – High Broom Hill – Low Broom Hill – Wallholme Bridge – Gunshall – Hadrian’s Wall Path – Haytongate – Lanercost Priory – Lanercost Bridge – Boothby Cottages – Brampton Ridge – Brampton
11 miles Moderate
Start: A69 Road Grid Ref NY586626
Long Row – Lanehead – Chapelburn- Lanerton – Hadrian’s Wall Path – Dovecote Bridge – Kellwoood – Cambeck Bridge – Crooked Holme – Old Church Lane – Brampton
11.5 miles Moderate
Start: Brampton
Disused Railway – Brampton Station – Talkin Tarn – Tarn End House Hotel – Hall Bank – Bogglebeck Bridge – Talkin – Hill House – Greenwell- Middle Gelt Bridge – Gelt Woods – Low Gelt Bridge – Permissive Path to Capon Hill – Brampton
12.5 miles Moderate
Start: A69 Road Grid Ref NY586626
Denton House – Low Houses – Carnetley – New Garth – Hallbankgate – Park Terrace – Tortie – Howgill – Brown Fell – Gairs – The Greens – Permissive Path to Talkin Head Farm – Talkin – Tarn End House Hotel – Talkin Tarn – Brampton Station – Disused Railway – Brampton
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