From Surrender to Old Gang and Great Pinseat - a circular walk
Walk in the footsteps of the lead miners. Approx 6 miles of good going with only a few easy inclines, making this an accessible walk for all ages and abilities.
Park at Surrender Bridge on the road between Low Row and Arkengarthdale. Walk downhill over the cattle grid, across the bridge and turn left along the clearly marked bridleway. The track follows the Old Gang Beck for a couple of miles. The first landmark is the ruins of Old Gang Smeltmill.
Old Gang is a group of buildings and relics of the lead mining industry. These well preserved buildings and its impressive, ramrod straight chimney are a credit to the skills of the stonemasons of the 16th and 17th century.
Shortly after leaving the Brandy Bottles the track bears right and begins the gentle rise to the summit of Great Pinseat. Here the landscape changes completely and is stark and desolate, a dumping ground of spoil left over from the lead mining industry. It resembles a cross between a lunar landscape and the Ohio desert and I wasn't sure to expect Captain Scott of the US Enterprise or Clint Eastwood and his poncho!
This is a great walk for families. Space to run and jump and play. Abandoned buildings to explore and wonder over. Places to picnic. Streams to splash in and endless opportunities for games of hide & seek. The track is perfect for mountain bikes (less challenging and shorter than the Swale Trail so perfect for entry level bikers). Or how about bringing your pony? That was a delightful surprise!
Where the track drops down to meet the road, turn right and its just a short walk back to Surrender Bridge and the car park. For more about the lead mines, some great photos and an easy map to follow clink on the this link http://www.swaledalemuseum.org/old-gang-beck-walk.html