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…

“GOODBYE BLUEBELL” – A Wander around Landpark Wood

  Frequently my mind needs a disciplined trudge along centuries-old byways, with a feeling of connection to those who have trodden the path before me and a satisfaction at ticking off the miles.  Oftentimes, however, my soul needs a wander. I usually visit the bluebell woods at Flitwick each Spring.  This year I took a short drive out…

HERTFORDSHIRE WAY – HERONS AND HORSES

  If all sections of the Hertfordshire Way are as varied and picturesque as the section from Tring to Hemel Hempstead then we are in for a treat for the rest of our birthday pilgrimage. The clouds were low and the morning grey and chilly as we set forth from Tring Station retracing our steps…

And this is why it is called “Talbothays”

  From the age of 19 when I first married and left home I have moved house many times and never really settled.  I always said that when I found somewhere I felt content I would name my house “Talbothays”.  The name was chosen from one of my favourite Hardy novels, “Tess of the D’Urbevilles”. …