12th May 2019 - Gilsland-Walton ride

At very short notice in beautiful weather just 3 of us cycled a mainly on road route with some off-road sections in a corner of the Forgotten Lands in a quiet corner of Cumbria in the north of England.

We had a light lunch in the excellent Walton Reading Room cafe (sorry no pics); historically, the highlight in this part of Cumbria is always going to be Lanercost Priory founded in 1166. On this occasion we didn’t cycle next to Hadrian’s Wall, but we were close to it, and we cycled past a number of old farms built some time ago, almost certainly with plundered stone from the Wall. Note the Primitive Methodist chapel in Walton built in 1858, now a home. There are elderly residents in the village that attended Sunday School here, but not in 1858. www.visitcumbria.com/car/lanercost-priory-church/