Autumn in Eden

Autumn colours seem to be coming late to the Eden Valley. Many a tree has still not turned, and some are only sampling the glories yet to come. We set out from Kirkby Stephen for a stroll of not much more than an hour, using the disused railway line for half the walk and thenContinue reading “Autumn in Eden”

Ring Cairn on Knipescar

As yesterday was a quite beautiful day, we went up to Knipescar in the Lowther Valley to try and locate the scheduled ring cairn ancient monument. And all I can say is you have to use a lot of imagination. Now, I’ve been to a lot of ring cairns in my time, particularly on Dartmoor.Continue reading “Ring Cairn on Knipescar”

Knott Rigg and Ard Crags

There can be few nicer short walks in the Lake District than the stroll along Knott Rigg and Ard Crags from Newlands Hause. Especially if you only have a little time to spare. A walk we would recommend in good weather to those new to fellwalking, with easy walking and a true mountain panorama allContinue reading “Knott Rigg and Ard Crags”

On Skiddaw

I’ve long taken a great interest in the way the Victorians climbed the mountains of the Lake District, for it was in that period that Lakeland achieved its first great burst of popularity. Inspired by Wordsworth and the Romantic poets, Victorians – well, the well-heeled ones who could afford it – came in their droves.Continue reading “On Skiddaw”

A Walk from Kirkoswald (Not to Mention a Bit of Trespassing)

About fourteen hundred years before we arrived in Kirkoswald for our walk, Oswald, King of Northumbria, came here in the company of Aidan, on their journey to convert the Pagans to Christianity. As was the way of those times, they found a well with miraculous properties on a Pagan site and decided that would beContinue reading “A Walk from Kirkoswald (Not to Mention a Bit of Trespassing)”

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