Mark Walks LEJOG Day 34 – Milnthorpe to Garth Row

Hullo. How are you? I hope you are having a good day. I’m Mark and I’m walking from Land’s End to John O’Groats…

I started the day with a really tasty and hearty breakfast at The Bull’s Head Inn at Milnthorpe before leaving the excellent little B&B and heading along the main A6 road towards Levens Hall.

Across the road from the grand house is the entrance to the deer park, with its easy to follow footpath leading all the way through the park with the most spectacular views.

The deer were out in force and I stopped a while to watch them playing.

Beyond the park, the footpath climbs a steep but very short hill to join the Lancaster Canal – or, at least, the remains of the canal. The section running to Kendal has not been restored along with the rest of the waterway because it is cut off by the M6 motorway.

The canal is still perfectly visible though, particularly where is crosses a viaduct of where the bridges still stand. The course of the canal makes for an excellent footpath into Kendal, which is where I headed now.

I spent a couple of hours in Kendal, exploring and finding provisions. This is the only time I have done this in the middle of a walk so far on this trip – my tendency is to walk without any stops. But today was a necessity since I am staying on a farm this evening, which does not provide and dining facilities, so I had to stock up with all the food and drink I need for this evening and for tomorrow’s walk. This made my backpack several kilograms heavier for the last three miles or so, which was fun.

The last section of the walk was across beautiful countryside, with winding lanes and undulating green hills, feeling every bit like the land of Postman Pat, whose creator was born in Kendal.

At Garth Row, the farm has excellent views of the Lake District and the hills I will climb tomorrow, which I’m very much looking forward to.


The Day 34 Vlog


Fundraising for MacMillan Cancer Support

As I walk from Land’s End to John O’Groats, I am hoping to raise £10,000 for MacMillan Cancer Support, who do such a wonderful job of supporting families through the most difficult times. If you are able to spare any amount and would like to donate to MacMillan, please do so through my Just Giving Page.


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