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About Peter McWilliam
The original stimulus to writing about walking the landscape of the upper Eden valley in east Cumbria, England, came from occupying a house close to an early modern (circa 1550) drystone field wall. The wall was well constructed and included some untypical flat capstones. Closer study revealed it to be the remains of a deer wall emparkment which had survived almost intact in some places for over 450 years. This led to the discovery of a wider upland landscape with many fascinating features particular to this part of northern England - the old county of Westmorland. Further research is ongoing and currently I am looking at the nineteenth century tithe maps of the area with the intention of reproducing some of them along with their aportionments which describe the owner and occupier for each field within a township.
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Nine walks from easy strolls to fairly strenuous starting from Ravenstonedale. There is a full description for each walk, a route map and landscape photographs.
If you have less than a day to spare or want an easy walk this booklet will enable you to enjoy the landscape and scenery of the Upper Eden valley in east Cumbria
Kirkby Stephen: Essays on the history of town & landscape: with a selection of drawings from the nineteenth century sketchbook of Thomas Fawcett of Kirkby Stephen 13-Feb-2017
This book contains a set of linked essays exploring the history of Kirkby Stephen in east Cumbria from the earliest times to the end of the nineteenth century. The essays focus on key subjects such as Roman settlement, the Anglo-Scottish Border and rebellion known as the Pilgrimage of Grace in 1536/7. In addition the fortunes of a local minor gentry family, the Whartons of Wharton Hall, are used to bring the narrative into the early modern period when the first Lord Wharton gained favour with Henry VIII and was promoted as a new man. The creation of Thomas Wharton's deer parks at Ravenstonedale and Wharton in the sixteenth century illustrate how he came to shape some of the landscape around Kirkby Stephen. A chapter on the town focusses on the themes of water mills and manufactures. At one time the knitted stocking trade was an important part of its economy but there were other trades too including a cotton mill for a brief time at the start of the nineteenth century. The final chapters deal with the upland landscape which encircles the town and how its resources have been managed over the centuries including small scale mining and quarrying.
Thirteen circular and linear routes in east Cumbria and the Upper Eden valley to Shap, Appleby, Sedbergh and many remote villages.
Ten easy walks all starting from Market Square, Kirkby Stephen complete with full route descriptions, route map, accompanying colour photographs and illustrations.
Nine walks starting from nine different locations and catering for a range of abilities. A combination of some low level walks but with a greater emphasis on exploring the extensive upland that borders the river Eden.
Nine walks starting from five locations and catering for a range of abilities. A combination of low level walks with places of interest en route and a chance to explore the upland that borders the river Eden.