Autumn in Eden

Autumn colours seem to be coming late to the Eden Valley. Many a tree has still not turned, and some are only sampling the glories yet to come. We set out from Kirkby Stephen for a stroll of not much more than an hour, using the disused railway line for half the walk and thenContinue reading “Autumn in Eden”

A Walk to Shap Abbey

The church bells were chiming nine as we walked through Bampton Grange, on our short ramble from Bampton to Shap Abbey – a walk we had been meaning to do for a long while. There’s something of the nature of a pilgrimage in walking to some ancient holy ruin – whether you are religious orContinue reading “A Walk to Shap Abbey”

Walking the old railway at Kirkby Stephen

One of the loveliest short walks from Kirkby Stephen is along what was once a stretch of the line of the South Durham and Lancashire Union Railway, devised in the 1850s to take coke over Stainmore from the North-East coalfields to the iron furnaces of Furness. The railway line closed around fifty years ago, andContinue reading “Walking the old railway at Kirkby Stephen”

Walking A Corpse Road

There’s a popular myth that a right of way is created when a corpse is taken for burial along a track. It’s not true. But, nevertheless, there are a number of corpse roads, lich or lyke ways, burial routes scattered across our countryside. On Dartmoor is the Lich Way from the middle of the MoorContinue reading “Walking A Corpse Road”

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