Sunday, 4 July 2010

The longest walk

We all like convenience. Maximum effect for minimum effort. Instant results.

In letterboxing terms, it explains why the 'roadies' are so popular. The edge-moor boxes just a few metres from the car park give us a sense of achievement without the sweat of hiking to get them. However, not all boxes can be just a few feet from the road. The box thief would strike, and, well, thats not letterboxing - thats a treasure hunt. Anyway, we enjoy the solitude of the remote parts of the moor.

The bit we are forced to endure is the long walk in (and out again).

You know the bits. The trudge up the (usually gravel) track from car park/bus stop to the moor gate and beyond and to the first box out of reach of the day trippers. Gutter Tor to Eylesbarrow comes to mind and Baggator to Lynch Tor bring tears to my eyes.
The road/track to Lud Gate from Cross Furzes however, is always full of surprises. Not only did we find 2 letterboxes hidden in its banks recently, we are able to take time to reflect on the history in the buildings and artifacts along the way.
Hayford Hall is at the end of the sealed road. This country estate, it has been suggested, was Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle's inspiration for 'Baskerville Hall' from his novel: Hound of the Baskervilles. What is known is that Hayford Hall was once rented by wealthy US art collector Peggy Guggenheim (neice of Guggenheim Art Collection founder, Solomon). During her 10 year tenure in the 1920s, well known British and American artists, writers and poets lived in the hall with her. You too can stay at Hayford, albeit in one of two 2 bedroomed rented cottages in the grounds.
In the wall of the lane just East of self sustaining retreat Furze Acres, there appears to be a tiny 'shrine' recessed into the bank. It has been said that money and objects have been left here, but without any explanation to its purpose.
Perhaps its just how they pay the milkman around here...

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