Friday 6th August 2021
Come Walking Series: Jumbles, Bradshaw and Affetside
This walk started at the Jumbles Reservoir car park with twenty-seven walkers heading down the steep slope at the back of the car park. At the bottom of the slope, we joined a footpath on our left and headed along what is called Kingfisher Valley, for obvious reasons, but on this particular evening, none were to be seen.
The path follows the stream down to Bradshaw which normally provides glorious views of the valley. However, on this occasion the views were spoiled by the invasion of Himalayan Balsam. When we arrived at the site of Bradshaw Hall, built by John Bradshaw in 1600, we spent some time admiring the ornate porch which is all that remains of the hall.
After crossing Bradshaw Road, we made our way up to Lower Knotts and then on to Top o’th Knotts before arriving in Affetside. Once in the village we turned left passed the old cross and made our way back down to Jumbles Reservoir having covered 6 historic miles.