Beautiful Mallerstang, and Disgusting Litter Louts

by David Murray on 8 May 2013

in Cumbria, Eden Valley, Valleys

The River Eden below Pendragon Castle MallerstangYesterday was a beautiful early Spring day in Mallerstang. Yes, I know that in many parts of the country Spring is already well and truly sprung but up here in the North, in a valley whose lowest points are around 1000 feet above sea level, Spring is still on its way in.

The photo here on the left was taken from the hillside to the west of the river, close to the path from Wharton Hall to Pendragon Castle. The millstone grit of Mallerstang Edge over the lower limestone fellside forms a backcloth to the young Eden in the valley bottom.

Below, looking downstream by Castle Bridge buds can clearly be seen on the trees, and shortly the stream will be surrounded by green.

River Eden - Castle Bridge Mallerstang Cumbria

After a quick look once again at Pendragon Castle I returned down the valley to Watter Yat (called Birkett Bottom on the OS maps) only to be faced with this disgraceful situation. If only the people who left this disgusting mess could be caught and duly punished!

Litter at Birkett Bottom Mallerstang Cumbria

But let’s not get too depressed. The view up the valley today was exceptional.

Mallerstang from Watter Yat - Cumbria Eden Valley

People who have come to think of Cumbria as being the Lake District are often surprised at the many beautiful areas outside the national park, and Mallerstang (just a few miles from Kirkby Stephen in the Eden Valley) is outstanding among these.

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