A North Pennine Ramble

For a while I could almost have thought I was back on northern Dartmoor in the old days when, apart from the ancient tracks, there were fewer paths. In recent years, paths have sprung up on Dartmoor, from tor to tor and from antiquity to antiquity etc. In those golden olden days we used toContinue reading “A North Pennine Ramble”

A Church Path to Knock

For the first time in months we drove to the start of a walk, albeit just a few miles. We are still not prepared to drive any great distance to walk, given that Cumbria has one of the worst Covid-19 outbreaks in Britain and that scientists believe it hasn’t yet peaked in our county. WeContinue reading “A Church Path to Knock”

Walking the Roman Road

The Romans put a road through the valley, crossing the Pennines via the Stainmore Gap. A famous road even in later years, where the Viking king Eric Bloodaxe died bloodily. Much of the road’s now incorporated into the present A66. Look at the Ordnance Survey map and see the many Roman forts along the way.Continue reading “Walking the Roman Road”

On Dufton Pike

The other morning we walked out from Dufton to climb to the top of Dufton Pike, one of the three great pikes which stand sentinel between the long wilderness of the Pennines and the Eden Valley. Dufton is the second highest of the Pikes, being topped by the mightier Murton Pike and trailed by theContinue reading “On Dufton Pike”

Mostly about Bluebells

What is it about bluebells? Around this time of the year they appear, and draw crowds of admirers. And I’m one. I look forward to seeing the bluebells and can’t wait until they make their first appearance of the year. They are a stunning sight, whether as part of a woodland floor, or covering bareContinue reading “Mostly about Bluebells”

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