Description: A 5 mile circular walk around Bampton and Knipe.
I was staying in the small village of Bampton and wanted to follow the river Lowther path towards Knipe. The main reason for this route however, was to also include a couple of filming locations from one of my favourite movies; Withnail and I. The first location is within Bampton itself – the phone box from which Withnail calls his agent in London:
From here, follow the path alongside a few houses, through a gate and into a field. Keep following the wall to the small metal gate, then go through the gate and turn left.
After a short while following the riverside path, you will come to a footbridge across the river, which you need to cross. There is a sign on the bridge warning that it has a safe limit of two persons, which was a little disconcerting! I slowly made my way across the bouncing bridge, hoping it held out at least for my crossing.
Safely on the other side of the river, head diagonally uphill following the faint path to reach the road at the phone box and signpost. Turn right and follow the lane until just before a cattle grid. There was a very peaceful and remote feeling along this stretch, with some nice views over towards Haweswater and High Street. After turning off the lane and up the hillside, the path becomes quite muddy and in some places difficult to follow – use the GPX file and a map to follow the route.
After a short while you’ll reach and go through this gate, which also featured in Withnail and I, in the scene where they leave the gate open allowing a bull to follow them. Withnail hops over the wall (now looking a bit taller than it did in the film) while Marwood (“I”) is told to charge at the bull. There were no bulls in sight during my walk, but you should close the gate after you anyway.
Follow the path downhill, past the farm and to the road, which you follow (turning right) all the way back to the start.