THE PEAK PILGRIMAGE: What to pack

When I wrote up my blogs about walking the South Downs Way and walking the Ridgeway several people contacted me to see what I packed.  Both of those walks were done more or less carrying my own luggage.  When I walked along the Pilgrims’ Way from Winchester to Canterbury I used a luggage option so…

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…

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: 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…

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 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…

“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…

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”. …