Semerwater Round 11 August 2011

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2011-09-13

Ann, Len and I travelled together from Richmond to Bainbridge after a wet night and with the prospect of a wet day.The previous day had been very wet in the Ingleborough area where Ann had been on a flower walk. Nobody else turned up at start so off we went, a small but select team!

Walking through sodden fields we reached Greensley Bank farm and cut across to the end of the Cam High Road. Although cloudy it was not raining and good progress was made up this Roman military road to Lancaster. It is difficult to believe that it was built up to 1900 years ago!

Turning off south to follow the track over by Green Scar to the tiny Viking hamlet of Marsett we got our first view of Semerwater below. Never have I seen it so flooded. We dropped steeply down into the valley and had lunch by Marset Beck. At times the sun was trying to break through and it was quite pleasant---where were alll the other Thursday walkers?

Crossing the SSSI we managed to keep our feet dry. Normally one sees butterflies, dragonflies and some birdlife but not today. Jumping from tussock to tussock of rushes we got across the flooded sections of the path with few problems. We paused at the old, derelict chapel below Stalling Busk to look at some interesting gravestones of people killed in Africa etc and continued along the lakeshore. There were lots of Canada Geese and Mallard but little else at the head of the lake. At the bottom end we found the Carlow Stones, thrown into the lake by the giant of Addleborough, completely surrounded by water and we had some paddling to do in order to reach the bridge.

From there it was a steady walk through sodden fields again to reach the picturesque village of Bainbridge again. It was interesting to see the new Archimedes Screw turbine which has been installed in the River Bain to generate "green" electricity.
A good walk in good company--- pity there had not been more to enjoy it!

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