Category Archives: Railways

The Howgills – and the Sound of the Wind

SOMETIMES it’s enough just to walk, to place one foot in front of another and allow the miles to slip by. What’s that old Irish saying . . . ?

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Stainmore Summit: Signs of the Times

THE last train steamed over Stainmore Summit in 1962. I missed it. It’s not my fault – I was only five-and-a-half at the time. But if I hang around there just might be another along shortly . . .

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The Dodds, the Coach Road and the Railway Wagon

North of Helvellyn, on the Old Coach Road, and the mysterious railway wagon . . . Continue reading

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Swindale – and this is Alvar Lidell . . .

Swindale has grit, bog, remoteness and bed linen. It’s a valley with attitude but no railway wagons . . . Continue reading

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Beinn na Lap and Creagh Dhu Spirit (Corrour – Part 2)

No sun. Just rain. False summits. Body odours. Tea. Glaswegian fishermen . . . Continue reading

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They Came in Search of Paradise (Corrour – Part 1)

Corrour Halt is a station serving nowhere – in the middle of nowhere… Continue reading

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Tide In, Tide Out – A Thirty-Year Journey

A walk along the Wherryman’s Way to England’s most inaccessible pub . . . Continue reading

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The Walker With No Ticket to Ride

YOU’VE had a long day walking and intend to catch a train home. The station ticket office is closed and there’s no conductor on the train you’ve caught. You alight at your destination without a ticket. Do you explain your … Continue reading

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