Theodore Rufus Doggington the 1st. Off on our merry medieval meanderings…

Welcome to the past

So it turns out that about ten minutes from the house there is an old medieval road. I shit you not. Dating back at least 500 years, the Magna Via is the old road between Wakefield and Halifax and what is left of it passes not far from where I live. Now I didn’t intend to walk up it (this was my first time) but found it quite by chance and next thing you know me and Theo had been out of the house for 2 hours and had walked about 5 miles. That might sound fun, and it was, there was however the small matter of me only intending to pop out so I was wearing inappropriate footwear and was actually supposed to be working. I ended up taking a number of work calls from the hills around Hipperholme explaining that I would return to my desk and view the PowerPoint presentation once I was able to figure out where I was and how long it might take me to get home. Isn’t working from home just great.

It’s quite fabulous that you can be merrily walking along and then suddenly there you are, wandering a cobbled road that runs up through the countryside. The cobbles are a recent addition (around 1740) and in many places they are in pretty good order. In others they are long gone but all along the way there are so many reminders of a byway long abandoned to all but adventurous folk in sturdy footwear.

If you follow the road long enough it brings you out to Beacon hill which overlooks Halifax, but I kept that treat for next time. Anyway here are a few photos. Welcome to the past.

Author: Michael

Husband, dad,(ex)programmer, comic collector and proud Yorkshireman. I have no idea why im here or why im writing but i rather enjoy it. no great fan of punctuation;

23 thoughts on “Theodore Rufus Doggington the 1st. Off on our merry medieval meanderings…”

  1. Wow – what a treat; the Magna Via was magnificent, just as you told me in an earlier comment. I would enjoy walking this route and yes I know how it is when you run into places where your footwear won’t do, but you want to go on. Those cobblestones were beautiful, but if wet, I know you can go sliding on them. Theodore R. Doggington even gave you a rather plaintive look at one time as if to say “really Dad?” I know how it is to get lost too. Last year at Crosswinds Marsh I strayed (purposely) from the crowd (which was too close for comfort in these COVID times) and got horribly turned around, in the middle of a 1,000 + acre wetland on a hot and humid day in August. But, like you, I lived to tell about it. Looking forward to the continuation of your saga Michael.

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  2. There’s a river that runs down the hill and spills over down the cobbles keeping them clean and pristine. Sonetimes the unexpected journeys are the best I agree… And yeah, while he is a curious pooch sometimes he just wants to curl up on the couch

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  3. That is amazing – I like the look of cobblestones, but often they are old or cracked. You have discovered a medieval gem. I always like the stone buildings and castles, etc. you have there – we don’t have much of that here at all. He did have a look in that one exasperated look. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Yes – very lush in all your photos. Is it all the rain? I read just recently that the coat with the name “London Fog” is a misnomer as fog is not all that common in London, so I learned something. I just assumed. Though I spent a week in England in May (1979) and we never had a drop of rain the entire time.

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  5. That would account for all the green then for sure! Yes, I imagine it has. We stayed in a bed-and-board in Surbiton, Surrey and took a cab into town and a bus to see some sights.

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