Great Strickland

Great Strickland

In addition to the Strickland Arms, where Sir Bradley Wiggins’ 2012 Tour de France yellow jersey may be seen, the village also offers such diverse businesses as web design and picture framing.  The church, dedicated to St Barnabas,was built in 1872.

The village still retains its medieval linear design and many of the ancient boundaries can still be seen. It was – and still is – an agricultural village. On the village side of the church is a small walled area with a maple tree. This was the village ‘pinfold’ where stray cattle or sheep were tethered until their owner retrieved them.

The 17th century Quaker preacher and botanist Thomas Lawson is probably Gt Strickland’s most famous son. He ran a local school with an improbably high number of pupils going on to study at Oxford and Cambridge. The old Quaker meeting house is now a bungalow next to the Strickland Arms and there is an abundance of rare flora and fauna growing in the hedgerows on the Morland road, identified by Cumbria County Council as of  ‘special’ interest.

 

 

Great Strickland to Morland

 

Route Description

Continue east down the main street towards the Pennines.  Local weather lore states that if you can see the Pennines then it’s going to rain.  If you can’t see them it is raining.  Leave the village past the church and keep on the road,ignoring a left turn.  There is now a climb,with woods on your right and if riding this stretch at dusk or in the early morning then be aware that deer may suddenly jump out into the road.  Past a crossroads the route then begins its descent into Morland