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Scenes along the Millers Way walk 2The popularity of The Miller’s Way has prompted Carrs Breadmaker to create a follow-up walk.

The Miller’s Way 2 will symbolically link the former’s Carr’s biscuit works in Caldewgate, Carlisle and its existing flour mill at Silloth on the west coast of Cumbria.

The 30-mile low-level route is currently being mapped out by Cumbrian rambler Stan Benson who devised the original Miller’s Way to celebrate the 175th anniversary of Carr’s Flour in 2006.

Caroline Dale, marketing manager of Carrs Breadmaker, hopes the new route will be ready by the spring of 2009.

“The success of The Miller’s Way, which reflected the original journey made by Carr’s founder JD Carr between Kendal and Carlisle, encouraged us to think about a sequel!

“The mill at Silloth, which produces our breadmaker flour, was built by the Carr family to supply flour to its biscuit factory in Carlisle.

“In the late 19th century this was an innovative step as it secured constant supplies of flour.”

Stan Benson, 73, a leading member of North Cumbria Ramblers, is now plotting and walking the new route.

“It will start at the Market Cross in Carlisle, where The Miller’s Way terminates, and head down Castle Street past the site of the original Carr’s bakery in Carlisle and then in front of the biscuit factory (now owned by McVities) and out west towards the coast,” he said.

“I will be using existing bridle ways and public rights of way but also quiet lanes and minor roads to reach the mill at Silloth.”

The Miller’s Way 2 traverses Heysham Park which is part of the original Raffle’s housing estate in Carlisle where novelist Margaret Forster - who wrote the history of Carrs - grew up.

“It’s ironic that the Miller’s Way 2 will have to bridge the new Carlisle bypass being built to the west of the city,” said Stan.

“It is said that the new road is viewed as important for the city’s economy and the same was argued about the need for the Carr’s mill at Silloth.

“In that sense, The Miller’s Way 2 is a bridge between the centuries.”

Carrs Breadmaker intends to publish a new illustrated route map or booklet of The Miller’s Way 2.
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