‘A’ Ken Nevin ‘B’ Maria Regan
56 members travelled west today to Wetheral in the Eden Valley. We stopped at the popular Houghton Hall Garden Centre for coffee. Wetheral stands high on a bank overlooking a gorge in the River Eden. At the historic core of the village lies the village green, in one corner of which stands Wetheral Cross. The green is surrounded by large period houses in different styles . The ‘A’ party set away as soon as the coach parked while after lunch the ‘B’ party set off on a dry and cool day. We crossed the River Eden over the Corby Bridge (popularly known as ‘Wetheral Viaduct’ with a footway alongside the railway line. In Great Corby we waited at the barriers for a train to pass before walking through the village and following Sandy Lane passing through the hamlet of Burnrigg and then clarty paths to a St Paul’s church at Holme Eden next to the River Eden. After a fruit stop we followed the river and crossed over at Warwick Bridge. We climbed the hill and deviated to St Leonard’s church at Warwick on Eden which according to Pevsner, is the most memorable Norman village church in Cumberland with its apse decorated outside by plain projecting pilaster strips carrying small arches. This is rare in England, more often found in France. We crossed the busy A69 and walked through a small housing development to emerge in very soggy fields. After picking our way to the opposite side we negotiated an extremely muddy lane before reaching a road. We followed the road back to Wetheral, walking underneath the viaduct and ascending back into Wetheral. Today’s fare was charged at £5.