Rusland Local History Group

Two new projects researching ancient routeways and old orchards.

Under the auspices of the Rusland Horizons Trust, we have formed a Local History Group. This will continue the work of the Mapped Histories and Archaeology 'Lives in the Landscape' projects, as well as embarking on new work. Close links with the continuing Oral Histories project will be maintained.

Two new projects have started in 2020:

  • Orchards: Discovering and mapping the location of old orchards and their tree species, where known. This may lead to orchard restoration projects.
  • Ancient Routeways: Researching, discovering (on the ground) and mapping old routeways in the Rusland area.

If you are interested in contributing to these projects, then please contact us at

1851 OS map showing orchards at Finsthwaite House

So far so good...

Did you know?

There is an ancient route from Hawkshead to Dalton that runs high over Bethecar Moor. It was used to carry corpses to the mother church at Dalton, and in the reverse direction, to carry iron ore to the bloomeries in Rusland.


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Rusland Horizons was a Landscape Partnership funded by the National Heritage Lottery Fund until July 2019. It is now being delivered by The Rusland Horizons Trust Limited. Company No. 2133450; Charity No. 519410; Registered Office: Bleacott Farm, Witherslack, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria LA11 6RZ.