THE HERTFORDSHIRE WAY: Codicote to St Albans

Well, we never expected a gap of one year and a month between our penultimate leg of the Hertfordshire Way until its completion.  A combination of family responsibilities, illnesses, injuries, weather and coronavirus intervened before we were able to set off on our socially distanced walk from Codicote to St Albans to finish the approximately…

THE NORTH CHILTERN TRAIL (3) Barton – Pegsdon

The North Chiltern Trail – Barton – Pegsdon The weather forecast was good for the first part of the morning giving me a chance to complete the next section of the North Chiltern Trail. A steep climb out of the village of Barton-le-clay bought me quickly out of the stick in the mud, stubborn, clay…

NORTH CHILTERN TRAIL – Leg 2: Streatley to Barton-le-Clay

The North Chiltern Trail Leg 2:  Streatley to Barton-le-clay What a magical experience walking the second leg of the North Chiltern Trail proved to be.  Yes, It took me to “my world of dreams so far away”.* Few words are necessary. I will let the views  convey the glorious, early descent into Autumnal exuberance of…

NORTH CHILTERN TRAIL – Index of Posts

An Index of Posts on the Stunning 42 mile long North Chiltern Trail.  Set out in the excellent guidebook available here: North Chiltern Trail Leg 1 – Lilley to Streatley:  5.5 miles, some hills, excellent views, agricultural land, pubs at start and finish, chalky terrain. Leg 2 – Streatley to Barton-le-Clay: 4 absolutely stunning miles. …

THE GREENSAND RIDGE WALK – Ampthill to Haynes (Clophill)

The Ampthill to Haynes section of The Greensand Ridge Walk (3rd leg) is 8.8 miles long.  In fact as I had curtailed my second day’s walk (see here) I reached Ampthill on my third day (after only walking from Ridgmont) and therefore had time and energy to continue several miles further.  I did not make…

THE GREENSAND RIDGE WALK – Woburn to Ampthill (Part 1)

I set off along my second leg of the Greensand Ridge Walk on what was forecast to be the best weather of a wet and windy week.  As I crossed the estate fields of Woburn an Easterly wind nearly blew me off my feet.  Deer looked across askance at me as if to say “why…

THE GREENSAND RIDGE WALK – INDEX OF POSTS

The Greensand Ridge cuts like the Yellow Brick Road twisting and turning across the Bedfordshire Countryside. I am walking it during the easing of the coronavirus lockdown during the month of July 2020.  My index of posts on walking the Greensand Ridge are set out below. INDEX OF POSTS ON THE GREENSAND RIDGE WALK Leg…

In the Time of the Skylark – Re-exploration (11)

3 June 2020 My Dearest Boy, We have been lark-charmed, gladdened, cheered.  This week you were able to re-explore a half-remembered place.  You scooted light-footed down the gravel path, laughter in your refined voice.  Nana, lock-down hair flowing behind her, could no longer catch you. What fun you had jumping with a new self-assurance along…

In the Time of the Skylark – Carousel (10)

May 27, 2020 My Dearest Boy, As a child my favourite fairground ride was the Carousel.  It combined a longing for a connection with ponies, the comfort and safety of being held tightly on the saddle by my Daddy and the tinkly music hall songs that my own Grandma and Grandad used to sing when…

In the Time of the Skylark – Celebration (9)

21 May 2020   My Dearest Boy, What glorious weather we are having and what a special birthday I had!  I did not wake up to the magnificent view of Katerina de Aragon’s Alhambra; nor did I fill my cup with the sensous fragrance of Giverney; nor even did I walk again that old familiar…