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Milestone, Cartmel, Cumbria, UK, 20 August, 2005

By modern roads, it's 28 miles to Lancaster and 13 to Ulverston, but there's a good reason why these distances are quoted as 'over sands'. In the era of stagecoach travel, crossing the tidal sands from Kents Bank to Hest Bank (and hence Lancaster) reduced the travel time – and exposure to highwaymen – by an hour.
Until the Dissolution in 1536, it had been the responsibility of Cartmel Priory to provide a guide across the Bay.

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