Savigniac Way could have been the name of this long
(well, medium) distance walk as that was the Religious
which King Stephen founded Furness Abbey in 1123.
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
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.
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
Less brave folk, like us,might prefer the
option of motorised transport, across or around
such dangerous places.
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.
pages record our version of The Cistercian Way.
more information, see
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