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”

Don’t Lose Your Way

We have until January 2026 to save our historic rights of way. Please help The Ramblers with this latest campaign  Well over 140,000 miles of public paths criss-cross England and Wales. This network has evolved over centuries with many paths dating back to medieval times – or earlier! These paths link villages, hamlets, roads andContinue reading “Don’t Lose Your Way”

Walking the Dalemain Loop – Ullswater Way

One of the tragedies of Storm Desmond was the loss of the historic Pooley Bridge, below Ullswater. We were there just before the storm admiring the beautiful old bridge, little realising that it would soon be swept away. Now a new, modern bridge is being built across the River Eamont. It looks very nice, butContinue reading “Walking the Dalemain Loop – Ullswater Way”

Walking into Prehistory

A Neolithic stone circle, a Bronze Age burial cairn used again in the Dark Ages, and a Romano-British defensive settlement – centuries of history in a walk of several miles from the village of Orton in the Westmorland Dales. Confusingly, the Westmorland Dales are part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, though not actually inContinue reading “Walking into Prehistory”

Teesdale Way to Whorlton

After rain in the night, we set out on a clearing morning from Barnard Castle, following the River Tees downstream to Abbey Bridge and then following the Teesdale Way. A strong scent of wild garlic as we wandered down the river bank. A very pleasant stretch of woodland walking, then out on to more openContinue reading “Teesdale Way to Whorlton”

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