Corpse Road from Chapel Stile

One of the loveliest and easiest routes in the Lakes is along the old corpse route from Chapel Stile to Grasmere. Some beautiful scenery and a wonderful paved path some of the way. Until the church at Chapel Stile was built, the dead of the Langdale Valley would have been carried to Grasmere for burial.Continue reading “Corpse Road from Chapel Stile”

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”

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”

The New “Compleat Trespasser”

 The Compleat Trespasser by John Bainbridge – Out now in a revised and expanded new edition WALK MAGAZINE SAID OF THE FIRST EDITION OF THE COMPLEAT TRESPASSER – “On a vagabonding tour through Britain’s most delightful countryside and forbidden tracts, Bainbridge charts the history of access and assesses the present state of the law. VillainousContinue reading “The New “Compleat Trespasser””

Grey Crag and Alcock Tarn

A stunning morning walk yesterday from Grasmere, up to Grey Crag and Alcock Tarn. We were actually just going for a stroll up Far Easedale, but when we reached Grasmere, the clarity of the views took us higher – up to Grey Crag and Alcock Tarn. A while since we’d visited either. Compared to theContinue reading “Grey Crag and Alcock Tarn”

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