A circular walk taking in a hillfort, a posh house and a weathercock. I drive the to the White Horse car park at about midday with a flask and a sandwich and a vague plan - I'm never sure which direction I'll go in once I get there; up to the Horse, or in the… Continue reading A walk on the Ridgeway, early April.
Footnotes by Peter Fiennes (Oneworld)In "Footnotes" Peter Fiennes journeys round Britain, from Cornwall to Skye, leaving no gaps in the journey, accompanied by as diverse a set of writers as can be imagined; Enid Blyton and Gerald of Wales, Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Celia Fiennes, Beryl Bainbridge and J.B. Priestly, Somerville and Ross, Boswell and… Continue reading Review: Footnotes: A Journey Round Britain in the Company of Great Writers
Holloway by Robert Macfarlane, Stanley Donwood & Dan Richards (Faber & Faber) In July 2005 (or 2004, depending on if you take the date from the flyleaf or the text, but what does it matter...this is a book filled with timelessness anyway) Robert Macfarlane and Roger Deakin traveled to explore the holloways of South Dorset's… Continue reading Holloway
A short drive from here there is a big hill and a slightly smaller hill, each has a stand of trees on top, they're called, rather delightfully, Wittenham Clumps. They're our go to place for a quick weekend afternoon walk of a distance tolerable to a reluctant eight year old, if the drive to nearish… Continue reading A Short Walk up Wittenham Clumps
In my imagination a walk through the woods with the boy would be carefree and happy, he would be running along ahead skipping through the leaves and have a jolly time, while the husband and I follow on hand in hand discussing what we'll have in the pub for lunch at the end of the walk (this pub, of… Continue reading Waiting for a Leaf To Fall (in Wytham Woods)
We're lucky to have a garden which ends at the edge of a nature reserve, so our own trees merge in nicely with those in the reserve (and there are some giants, as we found out when one came down in the storm a couple of years ago). On a quiet morning, with your back to the… Continue reading A Walk in the Oxfordshire Woods
I go for a long walk in the landscape of Uffington Horse and Waylands Smithy and muse on my almost lifelong fascination with these ancient places. It was my birthday last week, I don't get many actual birthdays due to being born on 29th February (this is my own fault, Mum says, for being late). … Continue reading Walking: Uffington White Horse and its Landscape