Ex Pannus Ad Panem

The Miller's Way Reinterpreted

The motto of Kendal is Pannus Mihi Panis.  
Wool Is My Bread (or more literally cloth is my bread).  

This story, however, is more one of Ex Pannus Ad Panem
Or in English:  From Wool To Bread.

It 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.

The Miller's Way 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 in 1831.

This 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.

Despite what the Carrs Breadmakers (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!"

However, 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 download.

Ex Pannus Ad Panem is our reinterpretation of The Miller's Way 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 of this:
The Miller's Way Reinterpreted!

The MIller's Way:  Kendal to Carlisle

This 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.  

Emmanuel 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 route passes.

Although these maps predate Mr Carr's trek by over a century, he followed broadly the same route.

Our 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.

MW01 : Kendal to Bannisdale

MW02 : Bannisdale to Shap Wells

MW03 : Shap Wells to Shap Abbey

MW04 : Shap Abbey to Clifton

MW05 : Eamont Bridge to Plumpton

 MW06 : Plumpton to Low Hesket

MW07 : Low Hesket to Carleton


Long Walk to Success

In 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.


Thanks to Carrs Breadmakers for producing The Miller's Way guidebook

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