August 2020 - We finally got back to the Eden Valley to check out some of the overgrown sections of the route. The old lane from Clifton Dykes heading towards Pembroke House needed a bit of TLC to say the least! There was a tunnel of sloe bushes which needed pruning back. No time to pick the sloes I'm afraid.

Next onto the riverside path at Commonholme Bridge which had become overgrown with willow branches.

Self heading west from Clifton Dykes with Penrith in the background.

 2020 Silver Anniversary Events

A special certificate has been designed for all who complete the route this year & these can be collected from Penrith Tourist Info Centre at the end of the walk.

Alternatively the certificate can be downloaded from here by clicking on the blue disc>

ANNIVERSARY CERTIFICATE 25 + 1

Due to the pandemic many walkers who intended to complete the walk in our Anniversary year, may have had to alter their plans. With this in mind we have decided to carry forward the Anniversary Certificate to 2021. You will be able to collect it from the usual places but also to download it from here next year.

Initiated in 2015 the group - 'Friends of Lady Annes Way' was formed to support & help maintain the 'way' with the intial focus being on waymarking the route. For an update on events so far click the red disc to download the latest newsletter.

To become a 'Friend' email sheila on:- sheilamgordon@googlemail.com

Celebratory walk - 25th. Anniversary

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Sadly due to the Covid 19 crisis, we had to postpone the Celebratory walk in Mallerstang scheduled for May 16th this year. We have rescheduled it for May 8th. 2021 & will update you with further details nearer the time. Please put the date in your diaries.

Sheila & Frank

Something to celebrate at last!

Kirkby Stephen Sculpture  

Diane Lawrenson R.C. Academician, has created a life-size bronze  sculpture which aims to capture the spirit of Lady Anne passing through Kirkby Stephen, which is on the route of the 'way'. This bronze life size sculpture will be positioned in the centre of town and will be a major feature as people pass through. The unveiling has had to be postponed & has been rescheduled for autumn 2020

www.dianelawrenson-sculptor.co.uk/cv.html

LAW (running event) - A brand new 100 mile continuous race from Skipton Castle to Penrith Castle on January 30/31st. 2021 - the 30th. being Lady Anne's birthday.

This is a joint venture between DueNorth Events & NAV4 Adventure to celebrate the 25th. anniversary of Lady Anne's Way.

for details see-https://www.facebook.com/LAW100-Lady-Annes-Way-112112586999445/

LADY ANNE'S WAY PODCAST  - June 2020

Mark Richards, David Felton & myself & not forgetting Mark walked along the 'Highway' from The Moorcock, before circling back via the old Chapel at Lunds. check us out on:-

www.countrystride.co.uk

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October 2019

Chris Grogan of Skyware Publications & myself joined the national Walkers are Welcome Group on their Annual Get-Together, for a walk which was hosted by the Kirby Stephen Group.  We were transported to the start of the walk on the Cumbria Classic Coach bus - see right!

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We had a great walk in Mallerstang, starting at Aisgill Cottages & visiting Helgill Force before climbing up onto the 'Highway'. From there we followed the valley northwards & finished at Pendragon Castle along the route of Lady Anne's Way.

It was fascinating to meet people from all over the country & chat about our mutual love of the countryside.

Nov. 2018 - What about some luxury!

Some of you have requested ideas for luxury accommodation for those who have partners or friends either walking with them or following them whilst walking the 'way'. If so check out our Accommodation Page. Many luxury B & B's & Hotels offer 4 & 5 star treatment, some even have a Spa for that special treat. Many are on the route or not too far distant. 

The Moorcock Inn, Garsdale.

For those wishing to break up the stage from Hawes to Kirkby Stephen, a popular alternative is to drop down off The Highway just before High Dyke (see map on page 47) following the Pennine Bridleway. The Moorcock Inn is just over 1 mile off the route & provides accommodation and a welcome pint at the end of the day.

Frank & I walked the route in stages this year checking out waymarks & the route description ready for a new Edition which comes out in January 2019.

2018 Recee of the route

May 2018

Frank & I walked the route from Buckden (Day 3) over the Stake Allotments into Wensleydale. A beautiful day with stunning views & very rewarding to see a new waymark in place just below Carpley Green, with Semerwater in the background.

Dropped down into Wensleydale Nappa Hall appeared in the sunlight - one of those memorable moments!

June 2018

Walked the section from Hawes via Cotter End & along the Highway (Day 4) Frank having dropped me off in Hawes & driven round to The Thrang. We then met up half way along at High Dyke. See right, with Wild Boar Fell in the background.

Whilst resting at the Water Cut sculpture we met up with 4 walkers from Essex & Hertfordshire doing the 'way'. 

Frank taking opportunity for a quick sketch.

Walked the next section to Kirkby Stephen the following week & was glad of the shade provided by these trees in a holloway just south of the Town. As I'm walking along a red squirrel leaped across in front of me - a rare treat!

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Stunning views as we approach Kirkby Thore

As I approached Brougham Hall met up with a guy from Plymouth doing the 'way'. Co-incidentally his wife had rung up a couple of days earlier to order a badge for him as a surprise! Needless to say I didn't enlighten him.

Revisited Appleby Almshouses & the Chapel containing Lady Anne's Chest

Doorway at Penrith Museum/Tourist Information Centre

WAYMARKING

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APRIL  2018 - 

We are delighted to announce that the route is now waymarked throughout (Look out for the Lion's Head symbol) - Sponsored by:- Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust / Long Distance Walkers Ass. / Cumbria C.C. Comm. Grant Scheme / Grassington & Kirkby Stephen T.C.'s / Mickledore Walking Holidays / Craven U3A Walking Gr. / & private individuals. 

On March 23rd. a group met outside Skipton Castle to mark & celebrate the completion of the project to waymark the route. Amongst the walkers were groups from Ulverston & Newcastle. After a short address to thank all our sponsors we enjoyed a 5 mile walk along part of the 'way' before looping back into Skipton via the leeds/Liverpool Canal.

To see Review in the Craven Herald click on link below.

NEWS  2017

Bettyann's Vintage Tea Parlour

Open Easter to end of September

Mon - Sat  9am to 5pm

Sun 10am to 4om

Oct to Easter 10am to 4pm

 

 

Frank & I have just been to the Eden Valley to follow up one or two queries & check out the state of some of the paths which can be rather overgrown at this time of year.

Beautiful drive over from the Dales & excited to see one of the new Lady Anne's Way waymarks just west of Hawes.

Checked out a query about  a wired gate at Lowgill Farm but all was well. 

Then onto Kirkby Thore to walk the riverside path to Ousenstand Bridge. A little overgrown in places so pruned a few branches of overhanging trees. Just happened to have a mini hand saw in my rucksac - as you do.

Next stop was the short bit of woodland east of Brougham Hall which was fine apart from head high nettles.

Finally into the cafe at the hall where we had lovely cake & a long chat with Kim.She's been doing sterling work this year helping to divert walkers on the 'way' from the hall along the A6 to avoid the bridge at Brougham Castle which is still 'out' (re-opened Jan. 2018) We did check out the grass verge along the A66 (the other alternative) which is fine if you're up for it.

The new waymarks feature the lion's head symbol which is also on our badge. The head can be seen on the main door of Brougham Hall & is a replica of the one at Durham Cathedral.

February 2017
Julie, Molly & Digger finishing Lady Ann's Way as part of their '6 Ways in 2016' for charity & have raised the magnificent sum of £5,000 so far - Congratulations

'We absolutely loved this walk........ the book is fabulous! It is a little worse for wear after being dropped in the mud and soaked in rain but we think it brings character and happy memories'

Mollie, Julie & Digger at Brougham Castle

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