THE WESSEX RIDGEWAY: From the Stones to the Wheel – Introduction

I am ready and prepared to begin my walk through Ancient Wessex tomorrow.  I have called the trek “From the Stones to the Wheel” because I am beginning at the immense stone circle at Avebury that lies inside Britain’s largest henge monument and finishing at St Catherine’s Tower in Abbotsbury.  St Catherine was, of course,…

THE HERTFORDSHIRE WAY: Wallington to Little Wymondley

In March 2016, my friend and I set out to walk the Hertfordshire Way in sections hoping to complete the entire route by the time of our 60th birthdays.  Today on our antepenultimate (thank you, Mr Lucas!) leg we celebrated my Sixtieth, discussing the passing of time referencing dandelion clocks, the privilege of being Nanas…

WALKING BY THE FLEET IN SPRING

For several weeks I had been feeling the call to be in Hardy’s Wessex and this delightful circular walk from Fleet to Langton Herring and back alongside the tidal lagoon was an apt reminder of what I had been so deeply missing. I have lost count of the times I have visited Dorset and can’t…

THE HERTFORDSHIRE WAY: Bishop’s Stortford to Hare Street

The Hertfordshire Way – Bishop’s Stortford to Hare Street:  The one where we got lost – and again and again and again! Leaving Tesco’s Car Park on the outskirts of Bishop’s Stortford we soon found ourselves in the open countryside and came across a sign showing us where the Herts Way had been diverted.  We…

AN AUTUMN WALK FROM HARLINGTON

As the early morning Autumn mist showed signs of clearing with the promise of a fresh clean day I set out from the Village Centre and soon found myself in the countryside.  The ground was steaming as the sun dried the dew and a red kite circled overhead. As with so many of my local…

THE PEAK PILGRIMAGE : Eyam

I arrived at my Eyam, the destination of the Peak Pilgrimage  during an August afternoon.  The last day had involved more hills than I expected and after a quick visit to the church I checked into the superb Eyam Youth Hostel.   An hour’s rest on my bunk bed, however re-invigorated me and I walked back down…

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 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…