CUMBRIAN CORPSE ROADS



Lake District expert JIM TAYLOR-PAGE has sent us a list of these. Here are just a few:

"GRASMERE. From here over White Moss, passing Dove Cottage: grid references NY 334063 to 339053. En route is (or was) the Coffin Stone, where the bearers rested. Sometimes called the Resting Stone. I think it lies just off the motor road at Hunting Stile.

"CONISTON. A corpse way led from St Andrews Church (on site of chapel, 1596) to Ulverston. This is a very long route of 25 mites, of which there is little record.

"GREYSTOKE (NY 434308). Corpse path on north side of church marked by a footpath. Possibly at one time linked to Johnby (NY 432330).

Additionally, SIBYL WEBSTER notes reference to a corpse road from the Mother Church at St Bees to Boot in Eskdale in Wainwright's book on Cumbrian mountain passes (Guild Publishing).

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