Begin Hill, Smardale, Crosby Garrett, Coast to Coast
The Coast to Coast walk crosses over the top of Begin Hill and descends to the dismantled railway in the Smardale Valley. The tracks have been removed from this and it is now a smooth surfaced path. The side of Begin Hill falling to the railway is craggy and precipitous. There is a disused limestone quarry and a large 19th century double lime kiln. The lime kilns, known by their listed name of Smardale Gill Lime Kilns, date back to the 18th century. That limestone was worked in this area is hardly surprising in view of the nearby Roman settlements, as the Romans were the first people to do so in England.
The many stone farmhouses and barns in the area promulgated as a result of the increased popularity of limestone building around the end of the 17th century. Burnt lime was used at the end of the 18th century to improve the quality of the farmed crops.
Top of Begin Hill
Double disused Limekiln at the foot of Begin Hill
Smardale Gill and Valley from Begin Hill
Coast to Coast eBook
The Wild Beauty of the Coast to Coast Path
The Wild Beauty of the Coast to Coast Path is designed both as a trail guide, and as an informative and adventurous travelogue. Written by Roy David McKee, this is a must-read for anyone contemplating the walk.
The book is available from the iBooks store and has been digitally enhanced.
Features of the Book:
- Route described in detail
- Large scale detailed digital Maps of the route
- Hundreds of colour photographs that can be expanded to full page
- Photo-galleries of particular areas of interest.
- Research notes of Historic and Interesting places on the path.