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”

Let’s Celebrate Lake District Trespassers

Lake District Trespassers Should Be Celebrated, says Cumbrian Author John Bainbridge The Victorian protestors whose mass trespasses led to the freedom to roam in the Lake District should be celebrated with plaques in Keswick and Ambleside and commemorative walks, says the walking writer and novelist John Bainbridge. “Everyone has heard of the Kinder Scout MassContinue reading “Let’s Celebrate Lake District Trespassers”

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”

Swallows, Skylarks, Cuckoos and a Stainless Steel Bridge – A Walk to Pooley Bridge

Yesterday we took our first steps into the Lake District since before Lockdown, walking from Askham to Pooley Bridge – across Askham Fell and Moor Divock, a favourite walking area of ours. It’s a while since we’ve walked across to Pooley Bridge from Askham, the last time was just before Storm Desmond, where we satContinue reading “Swallows, Skylarks, Cuckoos and a Stainless Steel Bridge – A Walk to Pooley Bridge”

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