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…

WESTONING MEN’S BREAKFAST – PILGRIMS WAY TALK

It was a great privilege to be asked to speak at Westoning Men’s Breakfast Club last week on the subject of my pilgrimage along the Old Pilgrims’ Way from Winchester to Canterbury Cathedral. Yummy breakfast provided by the Chequers Pub and great conversation.

BOOK LAUNCH: The Woman Who Walked Through Fear

Thank you so much to everyone who attended my book launch of “The Woman Who Walked Through Fear”.  Copies are available now on general release for £5 – please contact me for further details.  I am also available to local groups to give talks about my experience travelling along the Old Pilgrims’ Way from Winchester…

ST ALBANS GREEN RING

The St Albans Green Ring  “The trees are afraid to put forth buds, And there is timidity in the grass; The plots lie gray where gouged by spuds,         And whether next week will pass Free of sly sour winds is the fret of each bush         Of barberry waiting to bloom.” (“A Backward Spring”) Thomas Hardy…

THE WOMAN WHO WALKED THROUGH FEAR

I am delighted to announce that “The Woman Who Walked Through Fear” has now been published. I am holding my official Book Launch on 25 May 2018 from 7.00 to 8.30 pm at Flitwick Library, Beds.  Tickets are £1 to include refreshments.  Please contact me for further information.  jackiemcall@hotmail.co.uk The book recalls my journey through…