THE PEAK PILGRIMAGE – Index of Posts

The Peak Pilgrimage is a 36 mile (39 longer route) pilgrimage along gentle hills and dales of the Peak District from Ilam to Eyam. I walked this route in early August 2018 staying overnight in Ilam, Hartington, Bakewell and arrived at Eyam on the fourth night. Somewhat shorter than my 180 or so mile gratitude pilgrimage along The Pilgrims’…

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…

THE HERTFORDSHIRE WAY: Broxbourne to Hertford

Cold, proud, noisy geese peppered our route along this section of the Hertfordshire Way from Broxbourne to Hertford.  I always find it difficult to rouse myself from the January post-Christmas festive slump and get out walking and it was indeed fortuitous that this section coincided with a perfect winter’s walk. The day felt forlorn, melancholy…

THE SOUTH DOWNS WAY: Alfriston to Eastbourne Section

SOUTH DOWNS WAY:  Alfriston to Eastbourne The mist was just clearing above the beautiful Fourteenth Century Alfriston Church as I set off for my final section of the South Downs Way. The route follows the River Cuckmore as it wends its way via ever wider and wider meanders down to the sea at the start of…

THE SOUTH DOWNS WAY: Kingston-near-Lewes to Alfriston

DAY EIGHT   Kingston near Lewes to Alfriston A misty and dreary morning accompanied my trek back on to the SDW from Kingston near Lewes. The first hour of walking was hard and miserable. Even when I had ascended to the ridge  the views did not raise my spirits. However, just after dropping back into the…

THE SOUTH DOWNS WAY: Pycombe to Kingston-Near-Lewes

A longer walk along the South Downs Way awaited today.  With the tune from  the old 1953 film “Genevieve” playing in my head I set off from the  village of Pycombe.  Although surrounded by main roads this pretty village swaddled like a babe protected by the kindly looking Downs still retains charm.  The stretch of road which…

YOUNGER THAN SPRINGTIME – Circular Walk from Toddington

  Last December “The Times” featured “A Good Walk – Eversholt and Toddington Park, Beds”.  Using Christopher Somerville’s route as a starting point for this local walk and particularly to celebrate the birth of my grandson on Valentine’s Day just four days before I set out walking hopeful of some sunshine.  In his birth congratulations card I…

The Ridgeway – Day Five: Watlington to Princes Risborough

  DAY FIVE – THE RIDGEWAY Sometimes when out walking, as in day five of walking  the Ridgeway National Trail from Watlington to Princes Risborough, I just plod.  This relatively short day held nothing particularly physically demanding and nothing mentally challenging.  I had by now settled into an easy rhythm of walking each day and…