Welcome to my Walking Blog

  My book on my Gratitude Pilgrimage along the Pilgrims’ Way is now being edited and will be published shortly.  To receive details of the publication date and how to obtain a copy please contact me at jackiemcall@hotmail.co.uk or add your e mail details in the box at the foot of this page. Welcome –…

THE HERTFORDSHIRE WAY: Shenley to Cuffley

We were blessed with a glorious late summer’s day for this varied section of the Hertfordshire Way between Shenley and Cuffley. It needs to be recorded here that during our chattering this day we made plans for our 100th birthday challenge.  We are to meet on Weymouth Beach (where else!) in the year 2059, long skirts…

THE HERTFORDSHIRE WAY: Kings Langley to Shenley

This section of the Hertfordshire Way from Kings Langley to Shenley proved to be a day of contrasts:  sunshine and rain; motorways and hidden corners of serenity; littered scrubland and panoramic vistas of unspoilt English countryside. Unprompted A and I both automatically burst into a rendition of “We are the Ovaltinees, little girls and boys”…

The Ridgeway: Day 7: Tring to Ivinghoe Beacon

The Ridgeway National Trail from Avebury to Ivinghoe Beacon is 87 miles and I left the last four or so, between Tring Station and Ivinghoe itself to complete early one morning.  I walked the Ridgeway over the course of six days but because I was about to finish it on a busy Saturday and the…

“GOODBYE BLUEBELL” – A Wander around Landpark Wood

  Frequently my mind needs a disciplined trudge along centuries-old byways, with a feeling of connection to those who have trodden the path before me and a satisfaction at ticking off the miles.  Oftentimes, however, my soul needs a wander. I usually visit the bluebell woods at Flitwick each Spring.  This year I took a short drive out…

HERTFORDSHIRE WAY – HERONS AND HORSES

  If all sections of the Hertfordshire Way are as varied and picturesque as the section from Tring to Hemel Hempstead then we are in for a treat for the rest of our birthday pilgrimage. The clouds were low and the morning grey and chilly as we set forth from Tring Station retracing our steps…

And this is why it is called “Talbothays”

  From the age of 19 when I first married and left home I have moved house many times and never really settled.  I always said that when I found somewhere I felt content I would name my house “Talbothays”.  The name was chosen from one of my favourite Hardy novels, “Tess of the D’Urbevilles”. …

THE HERTFORDSHIRE WAY: Markyate to Tring Station

  How fortunate to have chosen probably the most beautiful day of the year so far to walk this section of the Hertfordshire Way from Markyate to Tring. This was the 11 mile section  of the 170 mile Hertfordshire Way that my friend, A and I are aiming to complete in stages prior to May/June 2019…

KINGS WOOD, “THE HOUSE BEAUTIFUL” (and a few little fairy folk)

  Houghton House – A Walk from Houghton Conquest, near Ampthill, Beds. Maybe it is just because I have recently become a Nana but during this walk through Kings Wood and up to Houghton House just outside of Ampthill my mind was filled with old stories and memories that I must pass on in time to the…

The Ridgeway: Day 6 – Princes Risborough to Tring Station

  It was difficult to believe I was nearing the end of my journey along the Ridgeway National Trail.  The walking from Princes Risborough to Wendover was varied and interesting, challenging but rewarding. Day Six of the Ridgeway Trail started from the Whiteleaf Cross Car Park just outside Princes Risborough.  The lovely T dropped me off…

THE HERTS WAY: Index of Posts

  Index of Posts The Hertfordshire Way: A 60th Birthday Pilgrimage The Hertfordshire Way: St Albans to Markyate – Friendship and Memories The Hertfordshire Way: Markyate to Tring Station The Hertfordshire Way: Tring Station to Hemel Hempstead The Hertfordshire Way:  Hemel Hempstead to Kings Langley The Hertfordshire Way:  Kings Langley to Shenley The Hertfordshire Way: …