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Week In Focus #17

A Twisting, Winding, Zig-Zagging Lonning

This is picture #17 of a weekly Photo Challenge that I set myself – there is no particular theme. The idea behind the challenge is to get myself outside into the Cumbrian countryside, at least once a week.

  • This weeks photo is of Mackenzies Lonning, near the town of Cleator Moor in West Cumbria.

The lonning was named after a local mine owner, and was probably used by local men trudging their way to work, in clogs, during all weathers. The lonning is a sunken lane with long green tunnels of willow, bramble and ferns, with a soft soil to walk upon.

During my short walk along the lonning, it was quite muddy in places. I can only imagine what it would have been like at the height of winter, when those hard-working miners went to work. However, in summer, when the lonning is in full bloom, it’s a glorious retreat.

  • The Lakeland Dialect Society defines a lonning as a lane, and when many lonnings were “upgraded” to roads in the 19th century they were often re-named lanes.
  • Local author, Alan Cleaver has written a book which takes the reader on a tour of 21 of the best lonnings in Cumbria.
Mackenzies Lonning, Cleator Moor
Mackenzies Lonning, Cleator Moor

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