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2020 Silver Anniversary Events

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

Alternatively they can be downloaded from here nearer the time.

There will be an organised walk in Mallerstang on May 16th. incorporating part of the 'Highway'. This is a section of the route and is an ancient track used by travellers through the ages, including of course Lady Anne and her entourage whilst journeying from one castle to the next -  details soon.

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.

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!

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.

February 2019 - Frank & I did a recee for a Podcast due to come out some time in April. Our route took us, after a stiff climb, up onto the Highway (seen left). From here we followed Lady Anne's Way all the way to Hellgill Bridge.We walked in glorious sunshine, amazing to think that this is February!

From Hellgill Bridge we made our way downhill back towards the Moorcock, passing through ancient hamlets enroute. One surprise was the deserted chapel at Lunds (see right) with some of the gravestones still visible.

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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.

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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!

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

Stunning views as we approach Kirkby Thore

Doorway at Penrith Museum/Tourist Information Centre

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.

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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. 

WAYMARKING

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.

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Kirkby Stephen Sculpture  

Diane Lawrenson R.C. Academician, is creating a sculpture which aims to capture the spirit of Lady Anne passing through Kirkby Stephen in the Eden Valley, 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. To help fund the project a limited edition maquette of the piece will be sold and details can be had from Diane Lawrenson. After initial interest there are just 6 of the original 10 maquettes available to order. (2018)

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

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