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Friends Way 2: Margaret Fell's Journey


79 km / 49 miles
The Friends Way 2 is a 49-mile walk from Sedbergh, Cumbria to Swarthmoor Hall in Ulverston in the Lake District. (Its prequel Friends Way 1 went from Pendle Hill to Sedbergh.) The route takes in major Quaker sites in Kendal (there is a separate Sedbergh Quaker Trail) and largely follows George Fox's and Margaret Fell's 1652 route via Crookland, Kendal, Cartmell Fell, Newby Bridge, Colton and Ulverston.

After George Fox reached Swarthmoor Hall, he deeply impressed Margaret Fell (1614-1702) with his radical ideas. She became a committed Quaker who later became Fox's wife and, like him, was imprisoned for her beliefs. She worked tirelessly to organise the movement, to lobby for releasing prisoners of conscience and to spread the Quaker word by her publishing. Her role has been eclipsed by her famous second husband. The accompanying book covers her journey from mistress of Swarthmoor to 'mother of Quakerism'. (Source: Rucksack Readers.)

Friends Way 1 (George Fox's Journey) was added in February 2022


Path Type: Other Paths
Attributes: Other Paths
Average Gradients
National Park
Start: SD657921 - Sedbergh, Cumbria, Cumbria View on StreetMap
Finish: SD281772 - Ulverston, Cumbria, Cumbria View on StreetMap
Open Date: 2023

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Guidebook Friends Way 2  (Rucksack Readers  - May 2023 )


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OS Landranger 96, 97
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OS Explorer 2, 6, 7, 19
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Route Profile:

79.1 km (49.2 miles)
1,837 m (6,027 ft) ascent
231 m (758 ft)  maximum height

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