Public Footpath

South Downs Way, Farnham

A recent article in the NY Times discussed the millions of acres of public land in the US that are inaccessible to the public because they’re entirely surrounded by private property, which is sacrosanct. In the UK, by contrast, there is custom going back centuries, that protects the people’s access to the commons. Everywhere you go you find public footpaths that cross private land, allowing one walking and rambling access to extensive swathes of the countryside. Of course, this is not wholly uncontested even here but the notion of public goods is much more widely recognized.

Walla Crag to Keswick

No place to go but down from Walla Crag, passing along the shore of the Derwent Water and through Manesty Park we eventually made it back to our hotel in Keswick.

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Ambleside to Rydal Mount

After an excellent dinner and a good night’s sleep we set off the next morning from Ambleside to Rydal Mount, taking picturesque walking trails alongside private homes. Click any image to see each image enlarged to full size (in your browser, not email).