...in which we stride out from Fell Foot Farm at the foot of Wrynose Pass to explore the upper reaches of Little Langdale with National Trust Archaeologist Jamie Lund. Opening with a brief history of the valley, we consider its strategic importance in the heart of the Lakes, and the historic route – used by the Romans onwards – that draws down to Fell Foot, a one-time inn. Noting the remarkable Norse 'Ting Mound' behind the farm, we learn about the enclosed dale-bottom common, so valuable that it was never built upon. Passing the beck – canalised in medieval times then re-channelled in the 1800s – we ascend Greenburn to one of the UK's best-preserved relic copper mines, where we talk prospecting, pollution and power. Hearing about the 'Nick Stick Seat' – where rural workers sat for a day's labour – we close by reflecting on the future of a remarkable valley.
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- Aug 11
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Countrystride #107: TALES from LITTLE LANGDALE
Greenburn Beck – the re-channelled course of the beck.
Bridgend Farm, Fell Foot Farm (left) and an iconic view of the Langdale Pikes.
Our guest for the day: the brilliant Jamie Lund.
Up the old miner's track into Greenburn, Great Carrs ahead.
The Greenburn copper workings.
Gingerly crossing the re-aligned beck.
The hydro weir.
Our route for the day.
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