There are three ways back from the centre of Kirkby Lonsdale to Devil’s Bridge, where most visitors park their cars, if they’re just there for the views and, possibly, a coffee.
There’s the river path, itself, with the steep descent down Mill Brow to the Lune Valley; there’s the main street out of the town to the south; and there’s this – the tree-lined path that takes a while to find if you’re new to the town. It’s an ancient way, and cuts right through the town centre, running, unseen, behind the main street until it reaches St. Mary’s Church.
It’s long, mysterious and quite wonderful. And, halfway down its gradual slope, there’s this tree…
©Stephen Tanham, 2020.
Stephen Tanham is a Director of the Silent Eye, a distance-learning school for the deepening of the personality and its alignment with the soul.