Welcome to my Walking Blog

  My book “The Woman Who Walked Through Fear” has now been completed and will be published shortly 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.  Please subscribe to this blog or e mail me at  jackiemcall@hotmail.co.uk …

THE SOUTH DOWNS WAY: Cocking to Amberley

DAY 4 OF THE SOUTH DOWNS WAY : COCKING TO AMBERLEY   Today was a day of panoramic vistas and quintessential English cottages set against a background of constant historical references. The lovely T dropped me off back on the SDW above the village of Cocking and I took the climb up along Heyshott Down….

THE SOUTH DOWNS WAY: Burriton to Cocking

DAY 3 BURITON TO COCKING M Scott Peck in his book “Golf and the Spirit “ (currently being read by T) tells of a golfer who says “I’m not gonna play this hole anymore………… and she simply picks up her ball and walks on to the next hole”. A bad storm was forecast today with…

If You Go Down to the Woods today…………… (Ruislip Woods)

The “Teddy Bear’s Picnic” was my “Magic Carpet” song at Cunningham Hill JMI School back in the early 1960s.  This was the record I always chose when it was my birthday and we sat on a large school blanket pretending it was Aladdin’s carpet.  Well, I am not sure about teddy bears in the woods…

THE SOUTH DOWNS WAY: Exton to Buriton

Exton to Buriton:  Day 2 of Walking the South Downs Way The early morning mist was clearing over the River Meon as I set off from Exton for Day 2 of walking the South Downs Way.  The 13th Century Church of St Peter and St Paul, its entrance guarded by neatly clipped hedging, stood proud…

THE HERTFORDSHIRE WAY: Cuffley to Broxbourne

There was something rather magical about this twelve mile section of The Hertfordshire Way from Cuffley to Broxbourne. The crops had been harvested and the fields had that freshly ploughed orderliness that I so love; the leaves were beginning to turn their rich regal shades of crimson and gold; sloes were dripping from the hedgerows…

THE SOUTH DOWNS WAY: Winchester to Exton – Day One

WINCHESTER TO EXTON Day One of The South Downs Way The late summer sun shone through gaps in Persil white clouds; the market traders were busy setting up a cornucopia of consumables and the ruddy faced young lads from Winchester College were being dropped off for their rugby practice as I took my first steps…

THE SOUTH DOWNS WAY: WINCHESTER – The Adventure Begins

A year almost to the day after setting off from the Cathedral City of Winchester to walk the Pilgrims’ Way I returned to the City with a different adventure in mind – the 100 mile South Downs Way from Winchester to Eastbourne. The tombstone to the “Hampshire Grenadier” is still there;  the Cathedral is still…

COUNTRY WALKING MAGAZINE: THE PILGRIMS’ WAY

Absolutely delighted to be featured in the October 2017 copy of Country Walking Magazine.  They have published an excellent article all about the Pilgrims’ Way.  My book “The Woman Who Walked Through Fear” will be published shortly by Sitting Duck Press.  

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…