The Cistercian Way

The Savigniac Way could have been the name of this long (well, medium) distance walk as that was the Religious Order for which King Stephen founded Furness Abbey in 1123.

However, by 1147 the Order, based at Savigny in northern France, was in difficulty and, following some ecclesiastic shenanigans, the English branches were taken over by the Cistercians, who had a similar view of the manner of monastic life: manual labour and self sufficiency and the brewing of ale.

Clad in their white, hooded robes, the monks are thought to have regularly crossed the Leven and Kent estuaries on their travels from one part of (old) Lancashire to the other.

The Cistercian Way seeks, broadly, to follow the paths that the monks might have taken from the northern side of the Kent Estuary to the Abbey and beyond to Walney Island.

Those of adventurous nature can, like the monks, cross the Leven estuary on foot.

Less brave folk, like us,might prefer the option of motorised transport, across or around such dangerous places.

The Guide Book was written by Ian Brodie in 1989 so naturally things have changed somewhat since his research.  Nonetheless, the route is clearly marked on the OS* map, although nobody that we know was aware of its existence before we told them about it.

These pages record our version of The Cistercian Way.

For more information, see

Don, March 2014

* Not shown on the 2018 edition!



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