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 SOUTH DOWNS WAY: Amberley to Washington Section

DAY 5: Amberley to Washington Just a short 7 mile stretch across the crest of the Downs this morning – but the climb up from Amberley was surprisingly tiring. There were several people starting off from the top of the lane where the SDW crosses south of the village and they all seemed to be way…

THE SOUTH DOWNS WAY: Cocking to Amberley

DAY 4 OF THE SOUTH DOWNS WAY : COCKING TO AMBERLEY   Today was a day of panoramic vistas and quintessential English cottages set against a background of constant historical references. The lovely T dropped me off back on the SDW above the village of Cocking and I took the climb up along Heyshott Down….

THE SOUTH DOWNS WAY: Burriton to Cocking Section

DAY 3 BURITON TO COCKING M Scott Peck in his book “Golf and the Spirit “ (currently being read by T) tells of a golfer who says “I’m not gonna play this hole anymore………… and she simply picks up her ball and walks on to the next hole”. A bad storm was forecast today with…

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…

THE HERTFORDSHIRE WAY: Index of Posts

  Index of Posts The Hertfordshire Way: A 60th Birthday Pilgrimage The Hertfordshire Way: St Albans to Markyate – Friendship and Memories The Hertfordshire Way: Markyate to Tring Station The Hertfordshire Way: Tring Station to Hemel Hempstead The Hertfordshire Way:  Hemel Hempstead to Kings Langley The Hertfordshire Way:  Kings Langley to Shenley The Hertfordshire Way: …

WALKING THE HERTFORDSHIRE WAY: A Sixtieth Birthday Pilgrimage

    With an almost 50 year friendship behind them two “old Albanians”  will walk the 170 mile Hertfordshire Way planning to finish at St Albans Abbey in May/June 2019 to celebrate their 60th birthdays. The 170 mile Hertfordshire Way (194 mile with additional legs………………… we will see!) is detailed in a super book edited by Bert…

Index of Posts for Walks in Beds, Herts and Bucks

  Index of walks in Beds, Herts and Bucks: I thought it would be useful to set out an index and link to the local walks I have undertaken which I will update as time goes on.  Any comments on the walks would be more than welcome. Walks in Bedfordshire An early morning walk up…

Cuts and Alleyways – A Nostalgic St Albans Walk: Part 3

    My St Albans Walk Continues   My nostalgic walk (find Part 1 and Part 2 here)  around St Albans continued. Continuing my fascination with small doors I popped into the Abbey, where I remember marvelling as a child at how much smaller grown men were years ago!     The lovely Vintry Gardens…

Cuts and Alleyways: A nostalgic St Albans Walk – Part 1

A Nostalgic St Albans Walk Prompted by a chance remark about how the City had changed since our childhood (the library is a pub, the college flats, “they’ve” knocked down the bus garage and the “Mile House”!) I decided today to return to my birthplace and take a reminiscent walk around St Albans. (And also to…