Walking the Lanes of the Eden Valley

The Lanes of Eden.

Walking the Old Ways

Much as I prefer walking over mountains, open fellsides and rights of way, I never mind occasional strolls around country lanes – particularly if there’s not much traffic on them. Many of the great walkers of the past – people like George Borrow, Jim Phelan, Walter Starkie etc. (do read their books if you haven’t) – mostly followed the roads, tramped the toby. Call it what you will.

Lane to Brampton. Murton Pike in the distance (c) John Bainbridge 2020

When I was in Devon, local newspaper columnists like my old pal the late Brian Carter (another writer worth reading) did regular columns about what you could see along Devon lanes.

Appleby Bridge (c) John Bainbridge 2020

On a winter’s day walking the lanes can be a great delight.

We wandered up from the River Eden at Appleby-in-Westmorland and around the lanes to Brampton and back yesterday morning. Interesting countryside…

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