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Tom & Madge Stephenson

By kind permission of Bill Neate

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Tom was one of the prime movers  in the long campaign to open up   to the public the vast tracts of  hitherto forbidden moorlands of          the North of England.

   Tom Stephenson    in February 1983

 

     And he is, quite rightly,        considered to be the  ‘Father’ of the Pennine Way.

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Madge Stephenson   near Shepherds Crag, Borrowdale,    date unknown

 

Enthusiastically supported by his wife and fellow Tricouni Club member, Madge, Tom strove to keep existing footpaths, up and down the country, open to the public and where possible to establish new rights of way.   Tom Stephenson:  1893 - 1987

  Tom was a keen member of the Tricouni Club, but to the British public he is mainly remembered for his tireless work over many years as General Secretary of the Ramblers Association.

 

     Tom Stephenson wasn’t ‘just’ a    walker.  Both he and Madge were very useful rock climbers in their day.    The accompanying 2 photos show  Tom and Madge each leading routes       at Kern Knotts on Great Gable                 sometime in 1942.