Pannus Ad Panem
Miller's Way Reinterpreted
motto of Kendal is
Wool Is My Bread (or more
literally cloth is my bread).
story, however, is more one of Ex
Pannus Ad Panem
in English: From Wool To Bread.
is based on: The
Miller's Way - A Journey of Destiny.
This ought not
be confused with The Miller's Tale, the second of Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales (1380s-1390s), as
told by the drunken miller, Robyn.
is a memorial to a far more sober miller, the Quaker
Jonathan Dodgson Carr, to celebrate his setting off from Kendal, by foot and horse-drawn
carriage, to Carlisle to set up a flour mill and bakery
remains one of the lesser known long distance walks. Even though it starts in the centre of Kendal,
few local folk are aware of its existance.
what the Carrs
(note the fashionably dropped apostrophe) website says,
asking for the guide book in local book shops or at
the Quaker Meeting House is likely to be greeted with a blank
stare followed by "Never heard of it!"
it is available for purchase via the website and, a
new development since I parted with my £2.99,
a revised edition is available as a free
Pannus Ad Panem is our reinterpretation
which might or might not follow
either its exact route or that of the guidebook. Our
companions on this Journey of Destiny are Ian and Cynthia, provided we
can synchorise all our increasingly complicated diaries!
We hope Jonathan Dodgson Carr would have approved
Miller's Way Reinterpreted!
MIller's Way: Kendal to Carlisle
one inch to the mile1675 scroll cartouche (i.e. strip
map) by John Ogilby, His Majesty's Cosmographer, shows
a section of
of the Road from London to Carlisle. It is the
final 78 miles from Garstang. Of greater relevance,
from Kendal it passes through Thrumby then Penrith and
Heskot before reaching its destination, 38 miles and
2 furlongs later.
Bowen's 1720 similar styled but more portable maps,
being half the scale and half the page size, reckons
the distance to be nearer 45 miles. It is a forerunner
of more modern travel guides in the way that it includes
descriptions of the larger places through which the
these maps predate Mr Carr's trek by over a century,
he followed broadly the same route.
journey is based on one designed by Stan Benson, Mabel
Little and Tony Iles which takes a not dissimilar course
although covering 51 miles, reflecting its scenic detours
and, no doubt, more accurate measurement.
Walk to Success
2006, the Carlisle based paper News and Star carried
an article on Jonathan Dodgson Carr's journey. To discover
more, see Long
Walk to Success.
to Carrs Breadmakers for producing The Miller's Way
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