Smithymire Island, Borrowdale, Coast to Coast
It is particularly notable because it marks the location of the watersmeet at the foot of Eagle Crag. Once merged, they become the wider and deeper Stonethwaite Beck, a prominent tributory to Derwent Water.
At the north end of Smithymire island is Galleny Force, a small, narrow gorge through which the water thunders in wet weather. It is a hotspot for the locals who frequently use it for skinny dipping. There are many deep, swimmable pools.
Smithymire may only appear as a loose collection of rocks, but it is steeped in ancient history and the area around it well worth exploring.
There are several small ancient iron working sites on and around Smithymire Island. These are known as bloomeries and appear as low mounds with a side exposed, facing Stonethwaite Beck. That on Smithymire Island is conical in shape and has a diameter of about 12 metres and is just over 1 metre high.
Bloomeries are furnaces that were used anciently to separate the oxides from iron. The waste slag is called a bloom. They usually had a bed of charcoal which was heated by the furnace until red hot. Ancient furnaces were rarely able to reach a sufficiently high temperature to completely separate the slag, and so it was often subjected to many re-heating processes and hammering, each time becoming a little purer.
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.
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Features of the Book:
- Route described in detail
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- Hundreds of colour photographs that can be expanded to full page
- Photo-galleries of particular areas of interest.
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