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  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 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…

KINGTON-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…

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 Section

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…