9 - The Ascent of Crawleyside Hill
Description‘The Road to Albalanda’ By Samuel Tuke Richardson of Darlington c.1896 ‘The coachman having satisfied himself that his leader’s knees were all right continued his course up Crawley Side hill, leaving the Wear Valley behind them, they took a Northerly course so as to strike the Derwent Valley. The work of the team up to this point had been mere child’s play, but so steep & long was the Hill that it took the good & willing nags all their time to surmount it, even when the load was somewhat lightened by Mr de la Reynardez & the guard leaving the coach. It was a real treat to see the horses all working together like one & their generous efforts were crowned in the success after a very long pull & very strong pull & a pull altogether & almost entirely without the use of the whip. Most beautiful too was the view looking backwards into the Stanhope Valley from whence many charmingly wooded ravines run north & south clothed with dark woods of sombre pine’.
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