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AMBERLEY   Today was a day of panoramic vistas and quintessential English cottages set against a background of constant historical references.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…

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” has now been published 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…