10 - The Top of Crawleyside
Description‘The Road to Albalanda’ By Samuel Tuke Richardson of Darlington c.1896 ‘Arrived at the top of Crawleyside they found it at least two overcoats & a pair of combinations colder, so while their trusty team were getting their wind the passengers put on their winter clothing. A fine moorland road now spread out before them very wild & desolate in places, whose old worked out shafts & buildings were mouldered to decay & here & there they came across small towers of refuge, acting in the double capacity of landmarks for the wayfarer & cities of refuge for belated shepherds a very necessary precaution in winter time when these moors are often 10 feet deep in snow. After a cheery spin of about 7 Miles they arrived at Edmundbyers on the Blanchland & Shotley Bridge Road. About this time another sudden & great change in the temperature occurred & everything became very fluffy. They were now nearing Blanchland the team still full of going & always ready to spring up any little pitch at the request of the coachman’.
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