Rydal Water and Cave

Rydal water is a small lake in the central part of the Lake District, Cumbria.

To get to the cave you first have to walk to the lake, from there you can either take the high or low path since it’s a circular walk and it will bring you back to the other path.

Near the top are two smaller hollowed out caves in the cliff side, the top one is too high to have access to.

Going down this small path gives access to the bottom cave.

To get to the top you need to pass these caves and head up the rocky road.

Once at the top you will find the main cave.

This cave was formally known as Loughrigg Quarry, over two hundred years ago it was a working quarry and now this hollowed out cave is purely man-made from a forgotten time.

The top of this fell overlooks Rydal water.

To walk back down the opposite way you have to pass the caves and follow the trail.

The trail ended on the bottom path next to the lake.

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Orrest Head

Orrest Head is a hill on the east side of Windermere, Cumbria.

The trail up to the summit is about a mile long, it’s very steep in some parts but there is a second path that has more ease of access.

The view from the way up.

The monument on the summit.

The scenic views from the top.

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William Wordsworth Grave

William Wordsworth was an English Poet born on 7th April 1770 in Cockermouth, Cumbria.

Coming from a small village Wordsworth was first taught to read by his mother, followed by a small and poor school in Cockermouth, after that he attended a school for upper-class families in Penrith. After his mother’s death Wordsworth was sent to Hawkshead Grammar school.

His first published piece, Wordsworth wrote whilst he was at St John’s College, Cambridge in 1787.

Wordsworth returned to Hawkshead for the summers that he attended college and afterwards he went on a hiking tour of the Alps, also whilst visiting Italy, Switzerland and France.

Once Wordsworth had earnt enough money to pursue his career as a poet, he lived in Dorset, then Somerset. In 1798 Wordsworth spent a year living in Germany, once he returned to England, he settled back into the Lake District and married his childhood friend Mary.

In 1813 Wordsworth and his family moved to Rydal Mount, Ambleside and that’s where he spent the rest of his life.

Wordsworth died on 23rd April 1850 from pleurisy. He is buried in Grasmere.

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John Ruskin Grave

John Ruskin was born on 8th February 1819 in London.

He was an English poet, writer, art critic, painter, social thinker, philanthropist and an influencer of the Victorian era. Ruskin had an interest for landscapes, watercolour painting and architecture, this is what led him to travel a lot.

Ruskin also wrote travel guides, having visited places such as France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and Belgium. However, one of the places he loved most was the Lake District, Cumbria.

Family trips started in Keswick in 1824, four years later the family visited Windermere, Hawkshead and Coniston.

Ruskin was an avid conservationist and whilst at Oxford university he is said to have met Hardwicke Rawnsley. Ruskin introduced Rawnsley to Octavia Hill; the two founders of the National Trust and Ruskin is credited to have been an influence for that.

Ruskin returned to the Lake District including Keswick several more times and in 1871 he bought Brantwood near Coniston. His house was to receive visitors such as Charles Darwin.

Ruskin died on 20th January 1900 from the flu at his home and is buried in the churchyard here.

Ruskin’s grave is situated near the back and his grave is marked with a large green carved slate cross.

Some more gravestones from this quaint and pretty churchyard.

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Woodwell Spring

Woodwell is now a part of the circular walk around Silverdale, Lancashire. It is surrounded by fields, woodland and a cliff side with numerous pathways and walks leading off into different directions.

This area is known to have numerous springs and wells, at the limestone cliff side here water drips down into a trough, that trickles down a stream and into the pond.

This is very much a piece of nature gone back in time that’s still preserved today. This was one of the first sources of water for the village, the trough was used to collect water and the pond was used for the animals.

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Jack Scout Trail

Jack Scout is a circular trail around the coastal scene of Silverdale, Lancashire.

Jack Scout is only one section of the trail that goes along the cliff side, offering up scenic views of the coast.

One of the monuments to see along this section of the trail is a giant stone seat that is a spectacular viewing point.

From here you can either continue along the trail or take the safer option of the road, either leads to the same landmark of Jenny Brown’s point.

Just before you reach Jenny Brown’s point there is a notable landmark on the beach called Walduck’s Wall.

This wall was built between 1877 and 1879 in an attempt to claim back a patch of land from the sea. However, with a shifting sandbank the stones were sunk for many years, lost to the water. It wasn’t until 1975 that the stones reappeared.

At the end of the road is one last cottage, this is known as the Brown house. There is no documented evidence as to who Jenny Brown was or if she was a real person, or why this location was named after her.

But there’s said to be numerous speculations; one being that Jenny had a lover who was a sailor and she waited brokenheartedly for the return of him that would never come and the other is that Jenny was a nanny who saved the children that were in her care from the sea.

Just a little further up from the house on the beach is an old chimney.

This was built in the early 1780’s and was originally a part of a larger building for the use of copper mining and smelting by Lord of the Manor of Yealand. After it was discovered that the land was owned by the Townleys of Leighton Hall and lawsuits were ensued as he had no right to mine there, the mining and smelting was abandoned in 1788.

Along the beach is also an old bridge.

Always remember to check the tides before walking on the beach.

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Downham Churchyard

Downham is a small village on the road leading up to Newchurch – in – Pendle.

I visited this village and the church in the mists of autumn time. The village itself was originally thought to have settlers as early as the 8th century.

The main part of the church is thought to have been built in the 15th century, with major restorations taking place between 1909 – 1910.

Some of the productions that have been filmed in Downham include Born and Bred and Whistle Down the Wind.

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A Witchy Birthday 2019

As I do every year I take a trip up to Pendle Hill around my birthday to visit Newchurch – in – Pendle and the witches shop.

With the witches spirit, there were a lot of Samhain decorations in the village.

Around the neighbouring villages on the way to Pendle Hill there were lots of decorations too.

On my actual birthday evening, after tidying up from Samhain, I rearranged the pumpkins, lit a fire and sat outside enjoying the autumn night.

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My Samhain 2019

My Samhain was a peaceful one this year but it almost didn’t feel like Halloween at all.

As I usually do, the porch got decorated.

I decorated the back garden too.

The Mabon scarecrow got a new pumpkin head.

Samhain wouldn’t be complete without carved pumpkins.

In the evening I went for a walk around the local village, the churchyard was looking beautiful with the autumn vibe.

I walked around for a while trying to spot pumpkins in the houses but there seemed to be even less this year. These were some of the few I did noticed.

Later in the evening I sat outside and had a fire to celebrate Samhain.

Hope you had a happy Samhain!

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My Mabon 2019

Mabon was special this year because the harvest moon (the nearest full moon to Autumn Equinox) was on Friday 13th.

The combination brought about great power and magic, amping up the ability to manifest your wishes.

Friday is named after the Goddess Freya, all that beholds femininity, love and fertility. 13 is special as there are 13 moon cycles per year and thus has been associated with the Goddess. The angel number 13 represents desire, manifestation and abundance.

As soon as September came I went and collected the fallen conkers.

Shortly after the weather became terrible and there was about three weeks of rain leaving no time to get outside again. The pumpkins were also extremely late this year and weren’t available until well into the first week of October.

Mabon activities were very jagged this year because of the terrible weather and it ended up being celebrated from Friday 13th until the first week of October.

The first chance I got though I was out making the yearly tradition of a scarecrow.

Blessed Be )O(

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