Poem introduction

I was born not far from the Lake District, and a year's residency at the Wordsworth Trust in Grasmere gave me a very welcome opportunity to return. During my time there, I used Ordinance Survey maps a great deal on my walks. And this poem, named after the river Brathay, I think of as a love song to Ordinance Survey maps.

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