Return to Murton Pike

Murton Pike is magnificent. No matter how many times I climb this, the highest of the three pikes that seem to guard the Eden valley from the long ridge of the Pennines, I never fail to be impressed. We hadn’t been up the Pike since before lockdown and Sunday was a good clear day, withContinue reading “Return to Murton Pike”

Walking in the Lowther Valley

We could hardly ever tell people just where we’re going on a walk, as we tend to change our minds as we go. We were planning to walk up from Askham through the Lowther Estate and then up to the ring cairn on Knipe Scar. But in the end we put off the cairn andContinue reading “Walking in the Lowther Valley”

A Stroll in the Westmorland Dales

The village of Orton’s original name was Sker-Overton, changed to Orton in the local dialect. I found this out when I was researching my novel Villain  – the third in the series which brings some reality back to the legend of Robin Hood. My book starts on the wild moorlands above Orton, before my villains returnContinue reading “A Stroll in the Westmorland Dales”

Return to Sedbergh

Not long before Lockdown we went for our regular low-level ramble from Sedbergh, out to the Brigflatts Quaker Meeting House with its lovely garden, then up the gorgeous bridleway by Ingmire Hall, returning by Under-Winder and then a pleasant stroll down the lanes back into Sedbergh. It was a beautiful winter’s day for a morningContinue reading “Return to Sedbergh”

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”

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