Corpse Road from Chapel Stile

One of the loveliest and easiest routes in the Lakes is along the old corpse route from Chapel Stile to Grasmere. Some beautiful scenery and a wonderful paved path some of the way. Until the church at Chapel Stile was built, the dead of the Langdale Valley would have been carried to Grasmere for burial.Continue reading “Corpse Road from Chapel Stile”

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”

Victorian Walkers and Trespassers on Latrigg

Keswick gained quite a reputation as a mountain town in Victorian times, not least as a starting point for the ascent of Latrigg and Skiddaw via Spooney (sometimes Spooning) Green Lane. This is the route that was notoriously closed by the Spedding family of nearby Greta Hall in 1887, prompting the famous mass trespass, whichContinue reading “Victorian Walkers and Trespassers on Latrigg”

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”

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”

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