Devon – Walking the River Webburn

 The Webburn might not be the first river that comes to mind when you think of Dartmoor rivers, but I think of it as one of the best. The Webburn is surely Dartmoor’s most secret river, even if one of its branches does flow through Widecombe in the Moor – the Moor’s most popular tourist village. ItContinue reading “Devon – Walking the River Webburn”

Walking Sacred Landscapes

There’s no doubt that the people who lived in this country in what we call prehistory regarding the land as sacred. Just look around and see the stone circles, henges and stone rows they left behind. It is hard for us to enter their mindset, though most folk still experience a sense of wonder whenContinue reading “Walking Sacred Landscapes”

Pilgrimage to Easby Abbey

It’s not a long walk from the Yorkshire town of Richmond to the ruins of Easby Abbey, but you do go back a long way into medieval history. And there’s some fine scenery along the River Swale along the journey. Not to mention the chance of seeing some particularly fine medieval wall paintings in theContinue reading “Pilgrimage to Easby Abbey”

Books and Blogs

My next walking blog will be out later, describing our medieval pilgrimage walk from Richmond to Easby Abbey. A grand walk along the River Swale to see some of the finest medieval wall paintings I’ve seen for a long time. But just a reminder that I have a writing blog at http://www.johnbainbridgewriter.wordpress.com which gives lotsContinue reading “Books and Blogs”

Land Beyond Domesday

The Domesday book was William of Normandy’s great survey of England, as he consolidated his realm after his invasion of England in 1066 – though the Domesday Book wasn’t begun until 1085. As the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle has it: Then, at the midwinter, was the king in Gloucester with his council … . After this hadContinue reading “Land Beyond Domesday”

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