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Walk 2: Carnforth to The Kellets






This pleasant walk, to the twin villages of Nether Kellet and Over Kellet, involves some gentle climbs up into the glorious low limestone hills which rise inland of Carnforth. The modest height reached - perhaps 350 feet (110 metres) - unveils superb views across coast, countryside and mountains. Together, both Nether Kellet and Over Kellet were recorded in the Domesday Book as Chellet (meaning spring), but today they are two distinct entities. Both are centred on huge village greens. The old church of St. Cuthbert served both villages until 1879 when Nether built its own. This helps explain the isolation of medieval St. Cuthbert’s, said to be built near to a place where the body of St. Cuthbert himself was secreted from Viking raiders in the Ninth Century. Just off the village green in Over Kellet is the old village trough beside Capernwray Road, still in use today. Distance/time: 5.5 miles (9km)/3 hours. Please note: walkers are politely reminded to observe the Country Code, which includes the following: • Enjoy the countryside and respect its life and work. • Guard against all risk of fire. • Fasten all gates. • Keep your dog(s) under close control. • Keep to public paths across farmland. • Use gates and stiles to cross fences, hedges and walls. • Leave livestock, crops and machinery alone. • Take your litter home. • Help to keep all water clean. • Protect wildlife plants and trees. • Take special care on country roads. • Refrain from unnecessary noise.

Walk Waypoints

  1. 1 From Market Street, cross the traffic lights and the A6 to continue along Kellet Road to the canal bridge. Turn right immediately before the bridge to reach the towpath via the play area; turn right along it. Continue past the marina and on to the next bridge (number 127). Just before the bridge, leave the towpath by a wooden gate on the right, and walk to and over the bridge. Go straight ahead up the drive to Thwaite House Farm.
  2. 2 One field before the house, and at the entrance gate, take a stile on the left, and head diagonally to a signpost and two metal ladder stiles. Then continue diagonally to another similar stile. Go over this, and then go straight ahead again towards the pylon, but bear left round the hedge to a stile at the end of a wall. Go up the field and, at the summit, bend diagonally right down to the left one of a pair of gates. Walk to the bridge over the M6. Cross this and the stile to the right of a gate, and then cross the corner of the field to the steps onto the road.
  3. 3 Turn right towards Nether Kellet. At the T-junction, turn left along the road signed Over Kellet. At the last bungalow on the left, turn up Laithbuts Lane. Continue as it changes to green lane and climbs the hill. Just after an open area on the left, the path has been diverted away from the quarry and the caravan site on the right. After the main descent a road can be seen at the bottom of a field. Head for the far left-hand field corner to a stile and path which runs along the hedge to the end, where you turn left through the compound to climb up over stone steps into the wood. Follow round the bottom part of Kit Bill Wood for some distance until the path drops down through some conifers to a stile, and into a field. The massive old ash tree here is an ancient boundary marker. Over Kellet can be seen from here, its church isolated in fields to your right.
  4. 4 Head down the field, beside the hedge to another stile, and keep straight past a crumbling barn until the two spires of the old school can be seen. Go through the kissing gate in the bottom left-hand corner, and down the steps to the road. Turn left, and walk past The Eagle's Head pub to the village green. Turn left, and follow the road back to Carnforth. Just after the High School on the right, take the railed path on the right, falling to and crossing Hodgson's Bridge over the canal, then rising to North Road. This used to be the Glasgow Road, and contains some of the older houses of the town. Turn left down to the Shovel Inn, then right to the town centre and Market Street.

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