THE HERTFORDSHIRE WAY: Codicote to St Albans

Well, we never expected a gap of one year and a month between our penultimate leg of the Hertfordshire Way until its completion.  A combination of family responsibilities, illnesses, injuries, weather and coronavirus intervened before we were able to set off on our socially distanced walk from Codicote to St Albans to finish the approximately…

NORTH CHILTERN TRAIL – Leg 1: Lilley to Streatley

The North Chiltern Trail – Leg 1 I have walked so many byways in this area over so many years now – why had I not come across The North Chiltern Trail?!  It puts together most of the area I have already explored into a disciplined order ripe for my re-discovery.  LHD * dropped me…

THE GREENSAND RIDGE WALK – Ampthill to Haynes (Clophill)

The Ampthill to Haynes section of The Greensand Ridge Walk (3rd leg) is 8.8 miles long.  In fact as I had curtailed my second day’s walk (see here) I reached Ampthill on my third day (after only walking from Ridgmont) and therefore had time and energy to continue several miles further.  I did not make…

THE GREENSAND RIDGE WALK – Woburn to Ampthill (Part 2)

Early on a promising Summer morning I returned to the village of Ridgmont to complete the second section of The Greensand Ridge Walk which I had curtailed due to gloomy weather the week before. (Details of part 1  here). The butterfly trail in the village was still in existence and just after I crossed over…

THE GREENSAND RIDGE WALK – Woburn to Ampthill (Part 1)

I set off along my second leg of the Greensand Ridge Walk on what was forecast to be the best weather of a wet and windy week.  As I crossed the estate fields of Woburn an Easterly wind nearly blew me off my feet.  Deer looked across askance at me as if to say “why…

THE GREENSAND RIDGE WALK – Leighton Buzzard to Woburn

The Greensand Ridge Walk – Day 1 A day of sunshine and showers was forecast as the Lovely T dropped me off by the Grand Union Canal in Leighton Buzzard for the first stage of The Greensand Ridge Walk. I always love walking along canals -being nosey peeking in  back gardens which run down to…

THE GREENSAND RIDGE WALK – INDEX OF POSTS

The Greensand Ridge cuts like the Yellow Brick Road twisting and turning across the Bedfordshire Countryside. I am walking it during the easing of the coronavirus lockdown during the month of July 2020.  My index of posts on walking the Greensand Ridge are set out below. INDEX OF POSTS ON THE GREENSAND RIDGE WALK Leg…

In the Time of the Skylark – Celebration (9)

21 May 2020   My Dearest Boy, What glorious weather we are having and what a special birthday I had!  I did not wake up to the magnificent view of Katerina de Aragon’s Alhambra; nor did I fill my cup with the sensous fragrance of Giverney; nor even did I walk again that old familiar…

In the Time of the Skylark – Acceptance (8)

13 May 2020 My Dearest Boy, Recently I had an interesting conversation with a friend about whether I am at present blessed with acceptance or haunted by apathy.  I pondered on  this on my walks.  I have been in a liminal state – somewhere between an old life which has disappeared and a new normal…

THE HERTFORDSHIRE WAY: Little Wymondley to Codicote

  On a morning in early August 2019, A and I began the penultimate leg of our 60th Birthday Pilgrimage along the Hertfordshire Way. We had completed the last leg at Little Wymondley but having considered the busyness of the A602 and following the guidebook’s suggestion we asked the long-suffering Red Hyundai driver to drop…