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Eric Robson launches The Millers' Way (Kendal to Carlisle) - Britain's newest long distance trail

BROADCASTER Eric Robson officially opened The Miller's Way on June 29th - exactly 175 years to the day that Carr’s came into existence

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Harold Bosward at the The Silloth MillThe Chairman of BBC Radio 4's Gardeners' Question Time launched Britain’s newest long distance trail in Kendal, Cumbria at the Quaker Tapestry Exhibition.

PICTURED: Broadcaster Eric Robson, Carrs Breadmaker Managing Director Duncan Monroe and Cumbria Ramblers Mabel Little and Stan Benson.

Created by Carrs Breadmaker to commemorate the 175th anniversary of Carrs - The Miller's Way is a glorious 51-mile walk from the heart of Kendal to the centre of Carlisle.

It was inspired by the original journey made by Quaker miller Jonathan Dodgson Carr - who founded the Carr’s flour, bread and biscuit dynasty in Carlisle on June 29 1831 after leaving his home town of Kendal.

Some scenes from the walk
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The Castle Dairy in Kendal dates back to the 14th Century leafy lane The Miller's Way passes Lowther Castle near Penrith
The Castle Dairy in Kendal dates back to the 14th Century leafy lane The Miller's Way passes Lowther Castle near Penrith

Eric Robson, Chairman of BBC Radio 4's Gardeners' Question Time, told guests that included Cumbrian politicians and VIPS from the county’s tourism industry:

"Walking with history is one of the very best ways of exploring the countryside and this new long distance trail through the glorious rolling landscapes of Cumbria resonates with times gone by.

"Carrs Breadmaker has come up with something very special indeed to commemorate the 175th anniversary of Carr's."

Richard Greenwood, Director of Development, Cumbria Tourist Board, who attended the opening event, added:

"The Millers Way takes the walker through some relatively unknown but spectacular scenery which over the next few years is likely to become part of an expanded Lake District National Park.

"It offers the visitor a taste of the Shap Fells, the Howgills, The Pennines and the tranquil Eden Valley en route to Carlisle. We hope that the Miller's Way will become as much loved and popular as Wainwright's Coast to Coast walk and opens this undiscovered slice of Cumbria up to a whole new generation of walkers."

More scenes from the Miller's Way
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Typical walk scenery Shap Abbey Wreay Woods
Typical walk scenery Shap Abbey Wreay Woods

Caroline Dale, Marketing Manager for Carrs Breadmaker - the 21st century descendant of Jonathan Dodgson Carr’s original breadmaking and flour milling company - said The Miller's Way had taken more than 18 months to create.

"We wanted to do something memorable and long-lasting for the 175th anniversary of the company that reflected the visionary nature of Jonathan Dodgson Carr and which people everywhere could enjoy at very little cost.

"JD Carr wasn’t just a great entrepreneur but a social reformer who campaigned for better working conditions and who believed that people should live fulfilled lives outside work."

More scenes from the walk
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Carlisle Castle is within sight at end of The Miller's Way Typical scene on The Miller's Way Carlisle Cathedral near end of The Miller's Way
Carlisle Castle is within sight at end of The Miller's Way Typical scene on The Miller's Way Carlisle Cathedral near end of The Miller's Way

Stan Benson, 72, a member of North Cumbria Ramblers Group, devised the route, which includes some of the original turnpikes that JD Carr would have used. He said:

"It has been a real labour of love but it is something of which I am extremely proud.

"The Miller’s Way traverses very different terrains - from upland moors and farmland to deciduous woodlands and quiet hedged country lanes and it passes close to the ruins of Shap Abbey and Lowther Castle.

"I am sure it will become a firm favourite with ramblers, not just in Cumbria but across the UK.

The Miller's Way - a journey of destiny - COVEROwn a copy of The Miller's Way Route Guide ...

Carrs Breadmaker has produced a special route guide called The Miller’s Way - A Journey of Destiny for walkers.

JUST £2.99 (inc. post + packing)
Send a cheque made payable to "Carr's Flour" to:
The Miller's Way, Carr's Flour, Old Croft, Stanwix, Carlisle CA3 9BA.

Retail price £3.99 available from Kendal, Penrith and Carlisle tourist information centres, good bookshops and the Quaker Tapestry Exhibition in Kendal.

ENDS.

 
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