Don’t Lose Your Way

We have until January 2026 to save our historic rights of way. Please help The Ramblers with this latest campaign  Well over 140,000 miles of public paths criss-cross England and Wales. This network has evolved over centuries with many paths dating back to medieval times – or earlier! These paths link villages, hamlets, roads andContinue reading “Don’t Lose Your Way”

Autumn Walk to Egglestone Abbey

England’s ruins are particularly wonderful when they’re set against the colours of Autumn. It’s a while since we’d visited Egglestone Abbey on the banks of the River Tees, so we returned last week on a gorgeous Autumnal day, walking out from Barnard Castle, once in Yorkshire but now in County Durham. Walking not just inContinue reading “Autumn Walk to Egglestone Abbey”

Walking into Prehistory

A Neolithic stone circle, a Bronze Age burial cairn used again in the Dark Ages, and a Romano-British defensive settlement – centuries of history in a walk of several miles from the village of Orton in the Westmorland Dales. Confusingly, the Westmorland Dales are part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, though not actually inContinue reading “Walking into Prehistory”

Walk to a Forgotten Graveyard

We owe Wensleydale Cheese to the monks of Jervaulx Abbey, not to mention the training of racehorses that goes on in this part of the Yorkshire Dales as well. I’ve featured Jervaulx Abbey on this blog before, so, although we started from there, we took a different route the other day. (We missed out theContinue reading “Walk to a Forgotten Graveyard”

Echoes of the Past

When I walk I always see more than one landscape. There’s obviously what you see out on your walk today, but there are all those other landscapes too. The landscapes of the past, and those are all merged together in the present lie of the land – a glorious palimpsest. For the observant walker, thisContinue reading “Echoes of the Past”

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