The dry and sunny weather persisted well into mid-May. On Thursday, Phil decided he was having a day off. It happened that this coincided with Marisa’s free day and we arranged an afternoon jaunt.
We caught the bus to Colden to alight at the bottom of Edge Lane and walk up. Hedgerows burst with seasonal blooms, as escapees from nearby gardens vied for space among clumps of wild flowers. We almost got mown down by a car which turned out to be driven by someone we knew.
On arrival at May’s farm shop, it was cheese pies and teas all round. For dessert, we shared a punnet of strawberries and a
We were confronted with yet more beauty as dappled paths were edged with verdant grass interspersed with vibrant bluebells.
Up on the top causeway we stayed at the higher level until just below Slack Top, we rested in a small field that has been turned into a ‘garden’. As we perched on rocks, we marvelled at the effort required to lug the larger ones into place.
We continued to just above Lumb Bank where we descended the dreaded steep path. Thankfully, not too tricky due to the arid conditions.
Reaching the ‘old road’ we paused to admire the stone gatepost. Marisa said it had originally joined onto Old Gate. I couldn’t figure out how, but subsequently consulted maps which seemed to suggest a possible route.i We followed the path through the lower part of Eaves wood to emerge onto the main road. From there, we took the shortest way back to our street where Marisa and I spent a minute looking at the garden, before she continued into town for errands.
- Following a line from what is now Market street, it is possible to see how the old road could have snaked through Mytholm and up towards the top causeway, before lower routes through the valley bottom were developed.
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