At the stepping stones near Boot in Eskdale is a commemorative bench to Roland Taylor, born in 1907 and died in 1992.
Eskdale is my favourite part of the Lake District, there are so many walks in this area, from high mountain treks to pretty strolls; added to these natural attractions Eskdale has good camp sites, a range of fantastic pubs and a railway.
The plaque on the bench states that Roland Taylor founded the Whitehaven Rambling Club; on the club’s website, the history page says that he arranged a trial ramble to Eskdale on 3rd June 1928, during which the club was formally organised. The Whitehaven Rambling Club’s website and a photograph of Roland Taylor can be found at:
An article in the News and Star on 26 June 2008, recalls that the memorial bench for Roland Taylor was made by club member Jimmy Wild and was unveiled by Jimmy on June 3, 1994, which was the 66th anniversary of the Whitehaven Rambling Club. The article says that the bench is sited at one of Roland’s favourite places.