Walking

Ravenstonedale – Twixt Eden and Lune

April 23, 2015

I’m still trying to get a decent photograph of the Howgills from the top of Ash Fell. Somehow the weather or the time of day (sun angle) always seems to defeat me. Anyway, here’s my latest and despite its inadequacies I’m using it here to illustrate “Twixt Eden and Lune”. The Eden and the Lune […]

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Always Carry Identification When Up In The Hills

March 29, 2012

I spotted this item today on the site of the Pennine Bridleway National Trail. It’s so important that I’m sure they won’t mind my copying it in full: Its something that makes sense to most of us but we probably don’t all do it – when using the Trail please remember to carry some form […]

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At the sign of the “Map and Compass”

January 11, 2012

Pub signs have provided a way of navigating through the streets for many a century. Instructions such as “Turn left at the Eagle and Child” or “Bear right at the Dog and Duck” have been commonplace. Yesterday I wrote on our Lake District in Books site a short piece about Ordnance Survey maps. The response […]

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Splendid New Lake District DVD

November 17, 2011

Lake District Trails 1, features Mark Richards, the well-known broadcaster on BBC Radio Cumbria and author of many walking guides to the Lake Distrct and further afield. This first section of a week’s walk starts on the eastern fringes of the Lake District and has been named, “The Westmorland High Way”. “The opening sequence is […]

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Scenic Route Closed To Cars – Good Policy?

November 15, 2011

An article in yesterday’s Yorkshire Post reports the closure of a popular scenic route. Forestry chiefs have permanently closed a North Yorkshire road that regularly tops lists of the best drives in the country, to restore tranquillity to the picturesque valley. The Forestry Commission has announced it has closed a three-mile stretch of woodland road […]

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Return to the Eden

October 3, 2011

How good it is to be back in the Eden Valley after a week in Brussels. A string of lectures, project supervision and a panel debate with Euro-officials and politicians were hard work but very enjoyable, especially the days spent with a group of twentyfive wonderful 20-25 year old students from countries all over Europe. […]

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Lady Anne’s Way – Walking the Yorkshire Dales & Eden Valley

July 1, 2011

Recently I’ve made several references to castles in the Eden Valley, Cumbria, which were rebuilt or considerably restored by Lady Anne Clifford in the 17th century. There was a post about Brough Castle and also a quick photo upload of Brougham Castle by the River Eamont near Penrith. I’ve still to add others, especially Pendragon […]

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By Horse, 2-Wheels Or Two Feet Around The Eden Valley

February 10, 2011

Today’s post owes its existence to part of an article by Anne Marcantonio of the British Horse Society, posted on the Ordnance Survey Blog on 3rd February. Anne provides links to a number of safe off road riding routes on the Society’s new EMAGIN service, which is described as “the world’s first Equine Mapping and […]

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Another News and Views Miscellany

January 25, 2011

Looking at the variety of “Lake District and North” topics  about which I’ve “tweeted” on Twitter recently a few have triggered thoughts too long to express in 140 characters. So here’s another opinion piece. Elm Replanting We’ll start in central Lancashire. The avenue of elms at Riverside Walk in Miller Park, Preston had been there […]

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The Hodder and Bowland in Winter

January 13, 2010

In previous articles I’ve referred to my love of the River Hodder in Lancashire.  Recently I came across some photographs taken one very snowy Saturday morning in, I think, 1991 (or it may have been 1992). It was a splendidly crisp day, and great to walk where no man had gone before, as it were.  […]

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