Category Archives: Slate quarries

Days Like This, No 4: Before Night at Beacon Tarn

Memories of a backpacking trip from Cockermouth to Greenodd . . . Continue reading

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Going to California . . . Via Teesdale

HISTORY has not been kind to the Pennine valley of Hudes Hope. On a sunny morning in March its lesser scars can be mistaken for natural wounds and warts on the landscape. But there is no disguising the greater disfigurements … Continue reading

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Coniston Fells: Highways, Byways, Narrow Ways

A day tramping over the Coniston fells . . . Continue reading

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Above Bethesda – Ancient and Modern

TO the south-west of Bethesda an open moor rises towards the clouded heights of Elider Fawr and Mynedd Perfedd. It’s a wild place dotted with occasional ruins and sheepfolds and crossed by indistinct trackways . . .

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Manod and Mysteries, Earth and Environment

Underground bunkers in the Welsh mountains . . . Continue reading

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Thirty Years On – Cwmorthin Revisited

From one side of a Welsh mountain to another – underground and overground . . . Continue reading

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A Blackpowder Blast From the Past

IUSED to blow up huge chunks of Cumbrian hillside for a living. I stopped doing it not through any regard for conservation or the environment, but because I’d noticed that none of my more senior colleagues ever reached retirement age … Continue reading

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Memories – Misty, Water-Coloured and Unreliable

Even the best and the clearest of mountain memories cannot be relied on . . . 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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Kentmere – In the Footsteps of the Forgotten

Looking for history in the abandoned quarries of the Lake District Continue reading

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Yew Crag Incline and the Quarryman’s Bedstead

Searching for history in abandoned slate workings above Honister Pass . . . Continue reading

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