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Rutter Force, a waterfall on Hoff Beck reduced to a trickle after the recent hot, dry spell
Rutter Force, a waterfall on Hoff Beck reduced to a trickle after the recent hot, dry spell

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Route No. 559 - Wednesday 23 July 2014
Appleby, River Eden, Great Ormside,
Rutter Force, Hoff Beck circuit - 13km
Eden Valley . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer OL19 Howgill Fells & Upper Eden Valley


Walking along Doomgate from the car park
Walking along Doomgate from the car park

Heading for Scattergate
Heading for Scattergate

The Castle Bank turning off Scattergate
The Castle Bank turning off Scattergate

We set off around 10.30am from the car park to walk along a street called Doomgate for about 500m to its junction with Scattergate. We continued along Scattergate round a left hand bend to a narrow lane off to the left called Castle Bank. We walked down Castle Bank for about 150m and then turned right off the lane to follow a footpath alongside the stone wall of a cottage.

Today I drove with my friend, Jim, and his grandson to Appleby, the former county town of Westmoreland before it was swallowed up into the modern county of Cumbria. We parked in the 'pay & display' car park off the main street at map ref. NY681204. The weather was fine and hot with a clear blue sky forecast to last all day.

Doomgate
Doomgate

Walking along Scattergate
Walking along Scattergate

Turning off castle Bank on to the riverside path
Turning off castle Bank on to the riverside path

The path from Appleby beside the River Eden
The path from Appleby beside the River Eden

The path from Appleby beside the River Eden
The path from Appleby beside the River Eden

The River Eden
The River Eden

After a little over 1km before we came to a stile into some woodland on the river bank.

From Castle Bank we followed this path through the fields alongside the River Eden.

The path from Appleby beside the River Eden
The path from Appleby beside the River Eden

The river side path enters the woodland
The river side path enters the woodland

River side path along the wooded river bank
River side path along the wooded river bank

River side path along the wooded river bank
River side path along the wooded river bank

Path along the top edge of the woodland
Path along the top edge of the woodland

The path climbed up to run along the top edge of the woodland and then turned away from the river and emerged from the woodland into some grassland in a small gulley.

We continued alongside the river through the woodland for about another kilometre.

River Eden
River Eden

The path climbed up to the top of the bank
The path climbed up to the top of the bank

Path along the top edge of the woodland
Path along the top edge of the woodland

Marker post plaque as the path left the woodland
Marker post plaque as the path left the woodland

Joining the track to Great Ormside
Joining the track to Great Ormside

The track to Great Ormside
The track to Great Ormside


Looking back over the pond from the stile in the field corner

Here we turned right off the track to follow a path across the field to a stile hidden away in the far left hand corner of the field next to a small pond. We crossed the stile to an over grown path between the gardens to reach the road in the village of Great Ormside.

The path followed the gulley for about 100m to a track at map ref. NY696173. Here we turned left to follow the track to a bridge under the railway (the famous Settle to Carlisle line). We passed under the railway and continued along the track for about 150m to a bend in the track.

Path along a small gulley from the top of the woodland
Path along a small gulley from the top of the woodland

Path crosses under the Settle to Carlisle railway
Path crosses under the Settle to Carlisle railway

Stile hidden in the far left hand corner of the field
Stile hidden in the far left hand corner of the field

Passage between the gardens to the road in Great Ormside
Passage between the gardens to the road in Great Ormside

Looking back to the North Pennine skyline as we approached Great Ormside
Looking back to the North Pennine skyline as we approached Great Ormside

The road through Great Ormside
The road through Great Ormside

The road from Great Ormside to the crossroads
The road from Great Ormside to the crossroads

The road continuing south west from the crossroads
The road continuing south west from the crossroads

We continued straight across the junction and along the road opposite. After about 350m we turned right off the road to follow a footpath across the fields.

At the road we turned right to walk along the road out of the village and pass under the railway again. After about 1km on the road we came to a crossroads at map ref. NY691164.

Passing back under the Settle to Carlisle railway
Passing back under the Settle to Carlisle railway

Reaching the crossroads from Great Ormside
Reaching the crossroads from Great Ormside

Turning off the road to follow a path across the fields
Turning off the road to follow a path across the fields

The North Pennine skyline. The hill under the shadow of the cloud is Cross Fell
The North Pennine skyline. The hill under the shadow of the cloud is Cross Fell


Path along the field edge to Broadmire Road

Turning to Rutter Force (waterfall)
Turning to Rutter Force (waterfall)

Here there was a large brown tourist information sign indicating to way to Rutter Falls (Rutter Force on the map). We followed the lane for about 200m to a path off to the left over a footbridge across Hoff Beck next to a ford.

The path followed the field edge for about 400m to a road at map ref. NY685162. At the road we turned left and walked along the road for about 350m to a lane on the right.

Stile from the field path to Broadmire Road
Stile from the field path to Broadmire Road

The lane to Rutter Force
The lane to Rutter Force

Path to the footbridge next to the ford over Hoff Beck
Path to the footbridge next to the ford over Hoff Beck

Footbridge over Hoff Beck
Footbridge over Hoff Beck

Path to Hoff Beck downstrean of the waterfall
Path to Hoff Beck downstream of the waterfall

A few of the many betony flowers by the path
A few of the many betony flowers by the path

The path led to a stile to some pasture land beside Hoff Beck. It was a very pretty spot and we sat on the bank here for our lunch. It was pleasantly shady under the trees by the beck and just to complete the scene a small bird sped along the beck low over the water and as it flew through a path of sunlight there was an unmistakable flash of the brilliant turquoise blue of a kingfisher, and then it was gone.

There was a lovely view to our left from the footbridge of the waterfall next to a cottage with a water wheel (decorative not functional but quite pretty). We have had a settled hot, dry spell recently so there was not a great deal of water coming over the falls. From the footbridge we continued for a few metres along the lane before turning off the lane to our right across an area of tall grasses and wild flowers.

Rutter Force on Hoff Beck seen from the footbridge
Rutter Force on Hoff Beck seen from the footbridge

Path between tall grasses, meadow sweet & other flowers
Path between tall grasses, meadow sweet & other flowers

Hoff Beck where the path reaches the beck side
Hoff Beck where the path reaches the beck side

Our lunch break beside Hoff Beck
Our lunch break beside Hoff Beck

Footbridge over Hoff Beck
Footbridge over Hoff Beck

Dairy cattle in the beck side pasture
Dairy cattle in the beck side pasture

One of the farm acess bridges over the beck that we passed
One of the farm access bridges over the beck that we passed

The muddy holes had dried to form unforgiving rutted ground hidden in the lush summer grass that was providing grazing for several herds of dairy cattle as we made our way along the beck side path. From the footbridge we continued for about 1.3km passing a couple of farm access bridges over the beck before we reached a bridge at map ref. NY676171.

After our lunch break we continued along the bank of the beck for about 350m to a footbridge across the beck. We crossed the footbridge and continued along the opposite bank of the beck. The grassland along the beck here was deeply holed with the hooves of cattle probably in the wet spring this year.

Hoff Beck from the footbridge
Hoff Beck from the footbridge

The beck side path continued throughthe pastures
The beck side path continued through the pastures

Our bridge over the beck on the way to Hoff
Our bridge over the beck on the way to Hoff

Pasture land beside Hoff Beck on the way to Hoff village
Pasture land beside Hoff Beck on the way to Hoff village

Track heading for Hoff
Track heading for Hoff

The New Inn in Hoff
The New Inn in Hoff

Track out of Hoff
Track out of Hoff

At the main road in Hoff (B6260) we crossed the road and took the track opposite down the side of the pub (The New Inn).

Here we crossed the beck and followed a track for about 200m out to a lane. At the lane we turned right and walked along the lane for about 300m to the hamlet of Hoff.

Lane heading for Hoff
Lane heading for Hoff

Track out of Hoff
Track out of Hoff

Beck side path heading downstream from Hoff
Beck side path heading downstream from Hoff

Beck side path heading downstream from Hoff
Beck side path heading downstream from Hoff

A tranquil stretch of Hoff Beck
A tranquil stretch of Hoff Beck

Crossing the field to Bandley Bridge over Hoff Beck
Crossing the field to Bandley Bridge over Hoff Beck

We crossed the bridge and followed the bridleway climbing up the hillside with some woodland over to our left.

We followed the path across the fields west of the beck for about 1.3km to Bandley Bridge at map ref. NY671188.

Beck side path heading downstream from Hoff
Beck side path heading downstream from Hoff

The path beside Hoff Beck
The path beside Hoff Beck

Starting to climb up the hillside from Bandley Bridge
Starting to climb up the hillside from Bandley Bridge

Crossing the fields towards Appleby
Crossing the fields towards Appleby

The track was rather overgrown
The track was rather overgrown

We continued along the bridleway across the fields for about 700m to map ref. 675195. Here we reached a gate to a walled track which had become very overgrown. We went through the gate and forced our way through the undergrowth for a few hundred metres to reach the road on the edge of Appleby.

At the top of the slope there was a view over Appleby ahead and the ridge of the north Pennines forming the skyline with the radome on top of Great Dun Fell, with the summit of Little Dun Fell to the left and a little further left was the great mass of Cross Fell, just under 900m high (the same as Great Gable in the Lake District).

Gate into the fenced bridleway track
Gate into the fenced bridleway track

Jim's grandson forces his way through the vegetation
Jim's grandson forces his way through the vegetation


The road back into Appleby

The whole route had been 13km and it had taken us over 5 hours including our lunch stop by Hoff Beck. Quite a tiring day in the heat today. As forecast the mid day temperatures rose to around 23 degrees.

At the road we turned right and walked along the road for about 700m back to the little green at the end of Scattergate. We followed the road around to our left and back into Doomgate. We walked along Doomgate back to the car park and the end of our walk.

Returning to the car park along Doomgate
Returning to the car park along Doomgate

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