Bampton grange & Bampton.

Bank Holiday Monday and the Lake District was swarming with visitors. Our plan to visit Haweswater, usually one of the quieter lakes in the National Park was scuppered, when we realised we were never going to be able to park.

Not far from Haweswater are the adjoining villages of Bampton and Bampton grange. The river Lowther separates the two. We parked by the river and took our labrador Hugo for a walk through the quiet lanes and meadows.

Summer Sky.
The Old Chapel, Bampton.
Jams for sale outside the Old Chapel.
Knipe Moor in the distance.
Mardale Inn.
Bampton Bridge.
Old fashioned Diesel pumps.
Hugo cooling off.
Shop and Tea Room.
Time for 🍰 cake. 🙂

Bampton has a movie connection! The phone box in the village appeared in the 1987 Cult Classic Withnail and I. There is even a visitor book inside and a battered video copy. We found other Withnail film locations here on a walk last year. It’s a bit of a bonkers film. 😅

Withnail and I phonebox.
Visitor Book.
Grass covered roof on a stone building.
Knipe Moor.
Robins Pincushion on Dog Rose bush.

Over the bridge is Bampton grange with its church and pub. The vicarage there houses a library of Latin books called Tinclar’s Library. The bridge walls were covered in pretty painted pebbles.

Bridge over the river Lowther.
Strawberry plants and face masks for sale.
The Crown and Mitre.
The Crown and Mitre.
St Patrick’s Church.
A horse cools off.

It was nice to explore two villages away from the Lake District crowds.

28 thoughts on “Bampton grange & Bampton.”

  1. We drove through those villages on Monday on our way to Swindale, what a coincidence! We probably drove past you. They are just down the road from me and are both lovely villages, I am glad you enjoyed your walk and explore.

    1. I didn’t as we bought some the day before from the honesty box in Kirkoswald. But I have bought blackcurrant jam from the one here before….and it was very good! X

  2. That’s Ban Holidays for you. Best to avoid the popular spots. But Brampton village looks really nice/ I must get around to visiting Haweswater – but not on a bank holiday Monday!!!
    And I must get around to rewatching “Withnail and I”

      1. As soon as this week is over I have to seriously get looking for a job as my furlough has come to an end and so as my job again. Sigh!

  3. Oh dear, I’ve just a big catch up on your blog after having a few i’net problems with my computer. I’ve enjoyed seeing all the walks & beautiful places you’ve visited. Thanks for sharing & I do keep wondering if we’ll ever be able to come over again or even travel in Oz due to all this virus kerfuffle. Take care, stay safe & huggles.

  4. Glad you still had a lovely day out even though your didn’t get to your original destination. Ironically, the previously quieter lakes are much busier now that more people are visiting them for that very reason. Who would have thought a few months ago that face masks would be on sale alongside the home made produce? 😁

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