Suitable singing material for the Lyke Wake Walk

Q. We are about to set off with our team of ten on the Lyke Wake Walk and I have been asked to provide appropriate suggestions for songs en-route to lift the spirit and keep those boots in action.

We are a mixed bunch and thought your contributions from experienced walkers might offer us some inspiration for the right singing material.

Can you help?.

Marie Clair



A. When I started to walk along the river, which is near my home city, the walks got longer and longer. I found out, that my MP3-Player was a nice Tool to keep me walking, when my feets start hurting. And I started to collect songs for a playlist.

This is my "walking around/arriving"-playlist as it has evolved since today:

  1. Mitch Miller And The Gang / Don't fence me in
  2. Manfred Manns Earth Band / Davy's on the road again
  3. J.J. Cale / Call me the breeze
  4. Canned Heat / Going up the country
  5. Willie Nelson / On the road again
  6. The Proclaimers / I'm on my way
  7. Russian Red Army Choir / Tipperary
  8. Dion Dimucci / I'm a wanderer
  9. Fats Domino / I'm Walking
  10. The Proclaimers / I would walk 500 miles
  11. Johnny Cash / I walk the line
  12. Johnny Cash / Rawhide
  13. Fleetwood Mac / Go your own way
  14. Elvis Presley / King of the road
  15. Blues Brothers / Ghost riders in the sky
  16. Canned Heat / On the road again
  17. Talking Heads / Road to nowhere
  18. ACDC / Highway to hell
  19. Lee Marvin / I was born under a wandering star
  20. U2 (Johnny Cash) / The Wanderer
  21. Supertramp / Take the long way home
  22. John Denver / Take me home (country roads)
  23. Otis Redding / Sitting on the dock of the bay
  24. Jackie Leven / I've been everywhere

For 24 I took the "Jackie Leven Version" because of the german towns, otherwise it would be version sung by Hank Snow ;-)

Greetings from

KC Walker, A Small Town In Northern Germany


A. The LW Walk is named after the Cleveland Lyke Wake Dirge, an ancient funeral lament from this part of the North Riding of Yorkshire.

To really get into what this walk is about you need to have read (or sung) the Dirge which refers to the passage of the Soul over a difficult moor as a trial after death when the deceased's good deeds (or lack of them!!) are assessed and the soul's ultimate fate determined.

It is worth memorising at least a verse or two to recite along the way when you do this walk (particularly at night).

It starts:

To understand all this and the culture of the Lyke Wake Club which is based on the Dirge & local Yorkshire folklore check out the LWW wiki page, the LW Club website (www.Lykewake.org). Or better still get hold of an early edition (1960s or 70s are best) of the book by Bill Cowley Lyke Wake Walk: 40 Miles across the Yorkshire Moors (Dalesman Books); the more modern guides don't capture as well as these early editions the ethos of the Walk.

Cheap copies of Bill Cowley's book are available on internet (try Abe Books, not Amazon -too expensive).

To celebrate the Walk's 60th anniversary BBC Radio 4 Rambings did a section of the Walk (podcast available)

Ian Evans, Willoughby, Lincolnshire, England


A. A version of The Lyke Wake Dirge by Pentangle can be heard on You Tube along with a number of other versions. See The Lyke Wake Dirge.

Claudio Capriolo, Turin, Italy


A. Here's two to start you off:

'Lyke and Virgin' - Madonna

'Walk Lyke and Egyptian' - Bananarama

Anyone else got any suggestions?

Mike (Editor)


A. And here's some more:

'Wake me up before you go go' by Wham - Doug Davies

'I Lyke it' by Freddie and the Dreamers - Doreen Souther

'Walk of Life' by Dire Straits - Dave Harmeston

'Sleepers' Wake' by Bach - John Turton

'Go your own way' by Fleetwood Mac - Steve MacDonald

'Walking On Sunshine' - Katrina and The Waves - Walkfan, Canada

'Walking on the Moon' - The Police - Walkfan, Canada

A. There is actually a song called 'The Lyke Wake Dirge' by Pentangle!!!

Richard Pickering


Add your answer to THIS question | Ask a NEW walking and hiking question

Return to the main list of Walking and Hiking Questions

Search for an existing Walking and Hiking Question or Answer


Do not miss our pick of the Best Walks in the UK


Follow go4awalk.com on Twitter Follow go4awalk.com on Facebook


Home

Find new Friends to go walking with

Walk all 214 Wainwrights in just 59 Walks. Download GPS Waypoints - Great Walks you must not miss!

Walk The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge Walk - All the Latest Route Information, GPS Waypoints and Split Times to keep you on Schedule

Walk The British Three Peaks Challenge Walk - All the Latest Route Information and GPS Waypoints

See our pick of The Best Walks in The Lake District - Great Walks you must not miss!

Walk our pick of the Best Lake District Ridge Walks - Great Walks you must not miss!

Walk our pick of the Best Lake District Walks to do in the rain - Great Walks you must not miss!

Walk our pick of The Best Walks in Snowdonia - Great Walks you must not miss!

Walk our pick of The Best Ridge Walks in Wales - Walks you must not miss!

Walk our pick of The Best Walks in The Brecon Beacons - Great Walks you must not miss!

Walk our pick of The Best Walks in The Yorkshire Dales - Walks you must not miss!

Walk our pick of The Best Walks in The Peak District - Walks you must not miss!

Walk our pick of The Best Walks in The Forest of Bowland - Walks you must not miss!

Walk our pick of The Best Walks in Shropshire - Walks you must not miss!

Walk our pick of The Best Walks in Cheshire - Walks you must not miss!

Walk our pick of The Best Walks in Lancashire - Walks you must not miss!

Not sure where to walk next? Try Peak Bagging - Great Walks you must not miss!

Not sure where to walk next? Walk part of a National Trail - Great Walks you must not miss!

Walks with Downloadable and Uploadable GPS Waypoint Data

Walking Kit Gear Tested by Walkers

Full Site Search
Do not miss our pick of the Best Walks in the UK