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”

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”

A Church Path to Knock

For the first time in months we drove to the start of a walk, albeit just a few miles. We are still not prepared to drive any great distance to walk, given that Cumbria has one of the worst Covid-19 outbreaks in Britain and that scientists believe it hasn’t yet peaked in our county. WeContinue reading “A Church Path to Knock”

Far From the Madding Crowd

Wandering through the quiet fields yesterday with just the cries of curlews, I thought of the line from Gray’s Elegy, which gave Thomas Hardy the title for his novel. I happen to be re-reading Far From the Madding Crowd at the moment (I recommend the Oxford University Press edition which has restored many passages missingContinue reading “Far From the Madding Crowd”

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