Where in Bri­tain...

...would you be walk­ing to see this?

Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - Discover -

Like a ver­ti­cal cob­bled street, flint walls are com­mon in chalky ar­eas like Dorset, Wilt­shire, Hamp­shire, Sus­sex,

Kent, Suf­folk and Nor­folk, where nod­ules are found in the pale, pow­dery rock. Al­fris­ton* (pic­tured) is a pic­turesque vil­lage on the South Downs Way in Sus­sex. At first glance this scene sings Cotswolds, but that band of am­ber-tinted lime­stone un­der­pins the land – and builds the walls – right up through Northamp­ton­shire and Rut­land too, here in the his­toric vil­lage of Fotheringhay*, where Richard III was born and Mary Queen of Scots lost her head. With stout dou­ble walls of stone, and roofs of turf and thatch, black­houses are built to with­stand the wild weather of Ire­land, and Scot­land’s high­lands and is­lands. Of­ten, like here at Gear­ran­nan on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer He­brides, the roof was held down by ropes and stones. Built free­hand from a mix of mud with sand, straw or horse­hair, cob houses are most com­mon in Corn­wall,

Som­er­set and Devon – like here at Dunsford on Dart­moor. Each layer was added wet then left to dry and harden in the sun, and thick, some­times curved, walls be­low thatched roofs are tell­tale signs.

Dark stone walls and slate roofs are char­ac­ter­is­tic of hill farms in Snow­do­nia – a re­gion whose slate fa­mously roofed the world. Ty Mawr Wy­br­nant* near Betws-y-Coed was the birth­place of Wil­liam Morgan (1545-1604) who first trans­lated the bible into Welsh. Now owned and re­stored by the Na­tional Trust.

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