14/05/15. Brampton, Gelt and Talkin. 9.5 miles. The author and I got off to a bad start, as the walk commences in Brampton. When I got there at 9.15 I found parking hell. There is a free car park but poorly signed, ie not from the road I came in on, and was chocka, as was the town centre, which had 2 hour disc zone anyway. So I drove back to Talkin Tarn which has acres of parking for £2 all day, loos and 2 tea shops.
Then I struggled to find the start of the footpath from Talkin Tarn from the directions, or rather lack thereof. It is signposted from the perimeter fence but not the lake shore. For future ref: head away from tarn at tea shop, pass the loos, turn right at the fence until you reach the finger post. After that it was plain sailing. There is some lovely woodland owned by woodlands.co.uk where they actually encourage you to use their paths which are not rights of way, unlike the grudging attitude of many landowners who string barbed wire by the footpath and plaster gates with private signs. I hurried through Brampton and failed to spot any cafes, but then it was crowded (sorry, "vibrant"!). Soon out of town, desperate dash over the A69, then had the river Gelt to myself.
When I reached the Middle Gelt bridge, I rebelled against the author's suggestion of a road walk to Talkin village, and carried on up to High Gelt Bridge and to Talkin by a good, if not highly used footpath, through a farm and pastures.
I recommend missing out Brampton altogether (unless you live there ). Another beef I have with the author, he is one of these public transport enthusiasts who tell you about buses to places (which have probably been axed since first publication) but will not advise on best places to park. This may be a,problem further from home (but see next walk).