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Disused farmhouse with barn and outhouses. Photo: Bill Newman

Two hours later I rested at a disused farmhouse with barn and outhouses. A few rotted carts and implements were strewn about, willy nilly. Could this be it? The area above was dense forest with no discernible path, so I turned back, having enjoyed the lofty view. Going in the other direction to Monteluco you walk upwards again eventually reaching a densely tangled arbour leading to a derelict mansion, partly hidden by vegetation. To gain access you have to descend steep stone steps, fighting your way through a mass of climbing roses and decide on your entry. Look in or out of the crenelated windows and you can imagine yourself in the world of M R James with ghostly apparitions resenting your occupation of their abode!

Straight out of M R James. Photo: Bill Newman

Continuing the path upwards you eventually leave woodland for a dual carriageway, and ahead the radio/TV mast. I used the road back, preferring walking to the autobus.

View of Spoleto from Monteluco. Photo: Bill Newman

 

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Copyright © 6 November 2001 Bill Newman, Edgware, UK

 

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