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”

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”

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”

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