Day 14 in Photos – Richmond to Danby Wiske, The Vale of Mowbray

Crossing the Swale:

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Looking back at Richmond Castle, from across the Swale:

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Coming through the barley; note how the farmer has cleared a path for us to walk on. This is “the right to roam” at its best. Apparently, when Wainwright first laid out his walk, the rights of way in the Vale of Mowbray had fallen into disuse and he had had to walk much of the way on roads; but walkers’ organizations have worked with farmers to make the paths usable again, and we were the beneficiaries of their cooperation and help.

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The Swale again:

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Tom, Jim, and Martin:

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The church at Bolton-on-Swale:

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The tea-room at Kiplin Hall:

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Another clear right-of-way through a harvested field:

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Dinner at The White Swan in Danby Wiske:

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3 comments on “Day 14 in Photos – Richmond to Danby Wiske, The Vale of Mowbray

  1. darleneolivo says:

    So lovely; thanks for the pictures. How sane and civilized: walking paths through private fields. And sweet peas, too!

  2. Barney says:

    The paths cleared through fields are rights of way (they are often ancient tracks and trails) and have legal standing. Local authorities are required to ensure that these rights of way are kept open. They will generally do this by seeking the farmers’ cooperation, but I believe they can take enforcement action against anyone who wilfully blocks a right of way or allows it to be become blocked. Walkers’ organisations play a vital role in monitoring rights of way.

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