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 PEAK PILGRIMAGE: Bakewell

Nestled alongside the River Wye Bakewell is, of course, best known for its puddings – a very sweet concoction of pastry, jam and almond paste.  My memories of it will, however, be of sunflowers, eating a pizza slice whilst watching a croquet match take place on the outskirts of the cricket pitch, a super childrens’…

THE PEAK PILGRIMAGE: Day 2 – Hartington to Bakewell

A 15 and a half mile walk awaited me as I left Hartington Youth Hostel in the early hours on Day 2 of my Peak Pilgrimage walk. I put on a good pace across fields and footpaths to reach Hartington Station a couple of miles outside of the village.  The route then followed the well-marked…

THE PEAK PILGRIMAGE: Day 1 – Ilam to Hartington

    I read somewhere once that a love of the early morning is a sign of good mental health and if that is the case I must be in a good place as I began my walking on day one of The Peak Pilgrimage before anyone else was about on this early August morn.  I had visited…

THE PEAK PILGRIMAGE: Ilam and Ilam Youth Hostel

Ilam Youth Hostel is a gem, a 17th Century Gothic Manor,  hidden amongst the Derbyshire dales, alongside the River Dove.  I spent the night before my pilgrimage there and was able to explore the building and grounds and partake of tea in the National Trust Tea Rooms!  The settlement grew up around the site of…

THE PEAK PILGRIMAGE: Walk from Ashbourne to Ilam

On one of the many blisteringly hot days of Summer 2018 I took the advice in the Peak Pilgrimage Guidebook and walked the five or so miles from Ashbourne to the start of the pilgrimage at Ilam. It proved to be a great decision .  It  got me back into the habit of walking alone away…

THE PEAK PILGRIMAGE: What to pack

When I wrote up my blogs about walking the South Downs Way and walking the Ridgeway several people contacted me to see what I packed.  Both of those walks were done more or less carrying my own luggage.  When I walked along the Pilgrims’ Way from Winchester to Canterbury I used a luggage option so…

THE PEAK PILGRIMAGE – Index of Posts

The Peak Pilgrimage is a 36 (39 longer route) pilgrimage along gentle hills and dales of the Peak District from Ilam to Eyam. I am aiming to walk this route in early August 2018 staying overnight in Ilam, Hartington, Bakewell and arriving at Eyam on the fourth night. Somewhat shorter than my 180 or so mile gratitude…

THE HERTFORDSHIRE WAY: Widford to Bishop’s Stortford

Yet again, The Hertfordshire Way did not fail to delight!  On another roasting hot day in the best summer we have had since 1976 (the year between our ‘O’ and ‘A’ levels)  the two walking pilgrims reminisced as they undertook the marked 10.3 miles from Widford to Bishop’s Stortford. The last leg of the walk had…

WESTONING MEN’S BREAKFAST – PILGRIMS WAY TALK

It was a great privilege to be asked to speak at Westoning Men’s Breakfast Club last week on the subject of my pilgrimage along the Old Pilgrims’ Way from Winchester to Canterbury Cathedral. Yummy breakfast provided by the Chequers Pub and great conversation.