Welcome to my Walking Blog

  My book “The Woman Who Walked Through Fear” has now been published by Sitting Duck Press.  The book describes my adventures during my Gratitude Walk of the Pilgrims’ Way, my journey through life and my recovery from alcoholism.    My official book launch is on 25 May from 7.00 – 8.30 at Flitwick Library, Beds….

THE NICKEY LINE………. and more

I was looking for a walk that would not be too wet underfoot and as with my recent walk around the St Albans Green Ring, I found a route taking in an old railway line which proved to be a great idea. The seven mile Nickey line runs between Hemel Hempstead and Harpenden.  It is fairly…

ST ALBANS GREEN RING

The St Albans Green Ring  “The trees are afraid to put forth buds, And there is timidity in the grass; The plots lie gray where gouged by spuds,         And whether next week will pass Free of sly sour winds is the fret of each bush         Of barberry waiting to bloom.” (“A Backward Spring”) Thomas Hardy…

THE WOMAN WHO WALKED THROUGH FEAR

I am delighted to announce that “The Woman Who Walked Through Fear” has now been published. I am holding my official Book Launch on 25 May 2018 from 7.00 to 8.30 pm at Flitwick Library, Beds.  Tickets are £1 to include refreshments.  Please contact me for further information.  jackiemcall@hotmail.co.uk The book recalls my journey through…

CURLY TAILS PIG SANCTUARY

Today, I was thrilled to visit Curly Tails Pig Sanctuary.  A true a haven for rescued pigs in Newton Longville, Bucks. This small charity based just outside Milton Keynes is home to around 28 pigs who can no longer be kept by their original owners.  Some have been abandoned, some need a new home due to a…

THE HERTFORDSHIRE WAY: Broxbourne to Hertford

Cold, proud, noisy geese peppered our route along this section of the Hertfordshire Way from Broxbourne to Hertford.  I always find it difficult to rouse myself from the January post-Christmas festive slump and get out walking and it was indeed fortuitous that this section coincided with a perfect winter’s walk. The day felt forlorn, melancholy…

THE SOUTH DOWNS WAY: Alfriston to Eastbourne Section

SOUTH DOWNS WAY:  Alfriston to Eastbourne The mist was just clearing above the beautiful Fourteenth Century Alfriston Church as I set off for my final section of the South Downs Way. The route follows the River Cuckmore as it wends its way via ever wider and wider meanders down to the sea at the start of…

THE SOUTH DOWNS WAY: Kingston-near-Lewes to Alfriston

DAY EIGHT   Kingston near Lewes to Alfriston A misty and dreary morning accompanied my trek back on to the SDW from Kingston near Lewes. The first hour of walking was hard and miserable. Even when I had ascended to the ridge  the views did not raise my spirits. However, just after dropping back into the…

THE SOUTH DOWNS WAY: Pycombe to Kingston-Near-Lewes

A longer walk along the South Downs Way awaited today.  With the tune from  the old 1953 film “Genevieve” playing in my head I set off from the  village of Pycombe.  Although surrounded by main roads this pretty village swaddled like a babe protected by the kindly looking Downs still retains charm.  The stretch of road which…

THE SOUTH DOWNS WAY: Upper Beeding to Pyecombe

DAY 7:  Upper Beeding to Pycombe An early start again on another beautiful clear morning and yet again a hard climb up a hill – I am not sure I will ever “like” hills – but the climbs are always worth it.  So I trudged up to the top of Beeding Hill full of joy and…

THE SOUTH DOWNS WAY: Washington to Upper Beeding

  DAY 6:  WASHINGTON TO UPPER BEEDING I broke my fast early and with the exception of a few timid pheasants cut a solitary figure making my now familiar daily climb up to the top of the escarpment.  I was drawing ever closer to the outskirts of Brighton and my thoughts were constantly pulled towards…

THE SOUTH DOWNS WAY: Amberley to Washington Section

DAY 5: Amberley to Washington Just a short 7 mile stretch across the crest of the Downs this morning – but the climb up from Amberley was surprisingly tiring. There were several people starting off from the top of the lane where the SDW crosses south of the village and they all seemed to be way…