For some reason we’d never walked up to Penrith Beacon (937 feet) until last Sunday, when our little ramble – a short distance after our recent expedition to Cross Fell – was accompanied by the sound of church bells.
This was the place where beacon fires were lit throughout history, to warn of the possibility of invasion. The beacon dates back to at least 1296, and there was a watching house there for centuries. The present monument dates back to 1719.
The views over Penrith towards the Lakeland fells are very impressive. You can imagine how good beacon fires were as warnings on clear days. The views the other way, towards the Pennines are blocked by tree growth.
A steep path leads up to the beacon from Penrith, but we got the feeling that our presence was just tolerated. Much of the path through the woodland is hemmed in by barbed wire fencing.
Surely it would do no harm whatsoever if the Lowther family let the people of Penrith roam freely through these woods?
Even worse, there are attempts to get the draft Penrith Local Plan altered so that houses might be built across this precious woodland. I’m pleased to see there is considerable resistance to this outrage and desecration of an historical site by the residents of Penrith.
They should light the beacon – the heritage of Penrith is under attack!
I hope to bring you more on this…
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