Thornthwaite Gallery and TearoomThornthwaite Gallery is always a joy to visit. Their constantly changing displays feature Lake District painters, sculpters, wood turners and other artists; several of the paintings in 1 Bridge Cottage come from here. Amongst our favourite artists are Jim Binns, Marilyn Tordoff and Diane Gainey. Almost more important, however, is the quality of the homemade cakes in the tearoom!
The walk is gentle with little height gain over easy ground. Length: 7 kilometres.
From 1 Bridge Cottage cross the bridge and walk north on the road to the Royal Oak (where a good pint of Jennings is to be had: although surely not so early in the proceedings!) Turn left up the B5292 (care!) and after 500 metres follow the signed track off right through the grounds of Hope Memorial Camp, which was set up on land given to Roan School, Greenwich, by Arthur Hope, former Headteacher.
Keep the buildings to the left and follow the lower footpath through a field and then into a wood. Roe deer can be found here, and evidence of their presence easily seen on the barks of the trees. There have been unverified reports of muntjack deer here too.
Cross the lane and take the walled track into Thornthwaite. Enjoy the gallery!
Return can be made by retracing steps. However, a slightly longer alternative is to return to the walled track, and then take the footpath (signposted) left following Chapel Beck to the A66. Turn right, keeping to the wide verge, and after 2 50 metres cross the road and take the footpath across Braithwaite Moss. This bends right to follow the pretty Newlands Beck to Bog House. Here follow the footpath right back to the A66, cross the road, and then take the quiet backroad that passes Middle Ruddings Hotel (pop in - you'll enjoy it!), the school and St Herbert's Church before returning you to the Royal Oak and 1 Bridge Cottage.