We're all excited to find documentary evidence of John Wesley passing through Waberthwaite and, almost certainly crossing the river from Hall Waberthwaite. His account of May 12th 1759 is wonderfully scathing about the way he was treated!
He travelled to Bootle from Flookburgh, crossing Millom Sands easily and was then told he "could not pass at Ravenglass before one or two o'clock: whereas had we gone on (as we afterward found) we might have passed immediately." At eleven he was told they could cross to Muncaster at noon but were then told he couldn't cross and "had to sit still till about one. We then found we could have crossed at noon...…."
He is understandably annoyed and writes crossly,
"But I have taken my leave of the sandroad. I believe it is ten measured miles shorter than the other: but there are four sands to pass, so far from each other that it is scarce possible to pass them all in one day - especially as you have all the way to deal with a generation of liars, who detain all strangers as long as they can, either for their own gain or their neighbours'. I can advise no stranger to go this was; he may go round by Kendal and Keswick, often in less time, always with less expense, and far less trial of his patience."