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A Walk from Crosby Ravensworth

September 26, 2013

Another good weather day of long views and the first feelings of Autumn as we walked from Crosby Ravensworth, amid that strange Cumbrian countryside lying between the Lake District and the Pennines.Crosby Ravensworth Walk 001

We walked first up the Lyvennet, that lovely little tributary of the Eden as it made its way across rough pasture up to the limestone heather moorland of Crosby Ravensworth Fell.

This is lonely countryside compared to the busier Lakes. We saw no other walkers until we reached the route of the Coast to Coast long distance path.Crosby Ravensworth Walk 006

From the meadows and trees around Crosby Lodge we headed out on to open moorland. Near here is the cairn of stones known as Robin Hood’s Grave – the lad got everywhere!

Then along the edge of the fell back to the Lyvennet.  Its source is at Black Dub, and here there is a stone monument commemorating a visit by King Charles II as he marched his mostly Scottish army down to defeat at Worcester in 1651. The inscription reads:Crosby Ravensworth Walk 015



Here at Black Dub

The source of the Livennet

King Charles the II

Regaled his army

And drank of the water

On his march from Scotland

August 8 1651

From the Lyvennet we walked up to the top of the fell to see the fine Limestone pavement.

Near here, though you can’t see it, is the line of the old Roman road of Wicker Street, and several Erratic boulders, remnants of the retreat of the glaciers.

Then down through the curiously named Slack Randy back to Crosby Ravensworth.

A good day in excellent walking weather.

If you wish to follow in our footsteps: Start at Crosby Ravensworth Village Hall – Paths to Holme Bridge – Crosby Lodge – Robin Hood’s Grave – Coast to Coast Path to the Lyvennet – Up the beck to Black Dub – Wicker Street – Slack Randy back to Crosby Ravensworth. About 7-8 milesCrosby Ravensworth Walk 023

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