The Stream Invites Us to Follow

Dick Capel

Dick Capel was Countryside Manager for the East Cumbria Countryside Project from 1992 to 2008, during which time he commissioned the Goldsworthy Sheepfolds and the Eden Poetry Path as well as working on a variety of initiatives to protect the natural and built heritage of this unspoiled part of Cumbria.

He was previously a warden for the Nature Conservancy Council.

The Stream Invites Us to Follow

Exploring the Eden from Source to Sea

by Dick Capel

  • RRP: £9.99 (print) / £5.99 (ebook)
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781912235841
  • Ebook ISBN: 9781912235858

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Nestled between the Pennines and the Lake District Fells, the beautiful Eden Valley combines lush green countryside, abundant wildlife in hedgerows and woodlands, fertile farmland, ancient landmarks, and historic market towns and villages. Much like the valley itself, this book is a meeting of the natural world, the people who inhabit it, and their stories, history and skills – traditional and modern.

In The Stream Invites Us to Follow Dick Capel takes us on a series of introspective ramblings from the source of the river in Mallerstang to the Solway Firth at Carlisle. He follows the Poetry Path, the Eden Benchmarks and the Goldsworthy Sheepfolds, and ventures into history with enchanting stories of old churches, hidden artefacts, and signs of ancient cultivation.

As a long-time countryside manager for the Eden Valley, few people know this area quite as intimately as Dick Capel – and even fewer have worked as hard to protect the natural and built heritage of this unspoiled part of Cumbria. Covering natural history, myth and legend, this is an unrivalled companion to an unspoiled gem of the English countryside.

REVIEWS OF The Stream Invites Us to Follow

“A wonderful book” Helen Millican, BBC Cumbria

“A rich and interesting perspective on the landscape…In looking at the particular and the local, Dick’s writing illuminates the universal” Will Smith, Cumbria Life