Winter Walk with Ammil

On Dartmoor they call it the ammil – the moment when ice captures surfaces in the landscape, transforming the slightest twig on a tree and even spiders’ webs into something white and other-worldly. Ammil is only a Dartmoor term as far as I know, and there must be many variants – let me know belowContinue reading “Winter Walk with Ammil”

Walk to a Forgotten Graveyard

We owe Wensleydale Cheese to the monks of Jervaulx Abbey, not to mention the training of racehorses that goes on in this part of the Yorkshire Dales as well. I’ve featured Jervaulx Abbey on this blog before, so, although we started from there, we took a different route the other day. (We missed out theContinue reading “Walk to a Forgotten Graveyard”

Exploring Unknown Footpaths

Richard Jefferies, the Victorian country chronicler, was always full of praise for country footpaths – “always get over a stile” was his motto. And he was right. You never know what you might find when you take a walk down a public footpath or bridleway that you haven’t been down before. A few blogs ago,Continue reading “Exploring Unknown Footpaths”

Walking Sacred Landscapes

There’s no doubt that the people who lived in this country in what we call prehistory regarding the land as sacred. Just look around and see the stone circles, henges and stone rows they left behind. It is hard for us to enter their mindset, though most folk still experience a sense of wonder whenContinue reading “Walking Sacred Landscapes”

The Hoff Beck Walk

I was pleased to see that the Eden Rivers Trust has created a formal walk – the Hoff Beck Walk – along the lovely little river of that name close to Appleby in Westmorland. The new trail follows the Hoff Beck from Colby to the picturesque Rutter Falls, passing through peaceful and uncrowded countryside. I’veContinue reading “The Hoff Beck Walk”

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