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John Ruskin and Footpaths

October 20, 2013

Walking the woodland paths at Brantwood, for the grounds are more a wooded hillside than a formal garden, I pondered on Ruskin as conservationist and access campaigner. Among the trees is the stone seat where he would often sit and contemplate nature. The views from Brantwood over Coniston and the mountains  are exceptional.Wray Castle and Brantwood 028

John Ruskin was a considerable campaigner for the preservation of old ways and footpaths.

In 1885 he wrote a letter to the Pall Mall Gazette:Wray Castle and Brantwood 021

“Sir, Will you kindly help me to direct general attention to the mischief now continually done by new landowners in the closing of our mountain footpaths? Of all the small, mean, and wicked things a landlord can do, shutting his footpath is the nastiest…”Wray Castle and Brantwood 022

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