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Kirkby Stephen Poetry Path

Locations around Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria


Located near Kirkby Stephen The Poetry Path addresses the hill farmer’s relationship with the beautiful landscape in and around Poetry Path photo by Dave Willis courtesy fo the Cumbria Photo Librarythe upper Eden valley.

Twelve short poems, written by the nationally acclaimed poet Meg Peacocke, have been carved by lettering artist Pip Hall on blocks of stone installed at intervals along a circuital route either side of the river Eden. Decorative motifs with each poem depict some of the activities associated with every month of the hill farmer’s year and rubbings can be taken from these using sheets of paper and a crayon.

The aim of the Poetry Path is to introduce a permanent and integrated interpretative experience into the landscape, which is assimilated as part of the heritage it promotes and conveys a powerful message about the farmer’s potential role in maintaining a sensitive but viable hill-farming regime in relation to the natural environment as a resource both for nature conservation as well as food production.

The Poetry Path is within the parishes of Kirkby Stephen and Nateby, a circular route from Bollam Lane off Nateby Road comprising, Bollam Lane, Hartley Lane, Northern Viaduct Trust walk, Millennium Bridge and Stenkrith Park.

Contact Details:

Website: www.edenbenchmarks.org.uk/poetry-path.htm


Miles: 10