"A FLINTY FOOTPATH'S NIGGARD SPACE"

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    "The Meeting of the Waters" lies a hundred yards to the north of the Dairy Bridge. Here the view is south along that last lap before the Greta loses its identity among the superior waters of the River Tees. The famous "Scott's Cave" is somewhere high-upon the left among the woods. Sir Walter is supposed to have composed some of Rokeby within its gloomy portals, a claim I think might just be a fanciful invention to gild the tourist trade, but perhaps I am too cynical, put it down to all that Loch Ness Monster stuff! In the poem, as Wilfred and Bertram attempt to get their hands on Mortham's treasure, the author writes: "Broad shadows o'er their shadows fell, Deeper and narrower grew the dell; It seemed some mountain; rent and riven, A channel for the stream had given, So high the cliffs of limestone grey Hung beetling o'er the torrents way, Yielding along their rugged base, A flinty footpath's niggard space, Where he, who winds 'twixt rock and wave, May hear the headlong torrent rave, And like a stead in frantic fit, That flings the froth from curb and bit, May view her chafe her waves to spray, O'er every rock that bars her way." From Rokeby by Sir Walter Scott 1771-1832.
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    Resource type: Image
    Added by: Simon Cotterill
    Last modified: 2 years, 8 months ago
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