March The Month – 21

This was a beautiful but familiar walk for me. The route took me across the Exercise Yard exiting through the Oversley portal, the footbridge over the river. Then along the lane and left onto Icknield Way. A few hundred yards then left uphill towards the crest of Oversley Hill. The sun shone. Truly the firstContinue reading “March The Month – 21”

The (RE)Order of the Boot

The very day Covid restrictions are eased in England what happens? Exactly, I test positive. I woke this morning headachy; coughing and bunged up. So I took a test just to be on the safe side. Hey presto and while isolation is no longer mandatory I will certainly remain aloof in my Hermit’s Cave overContinue reading “The (RE)Order of the Boot”

Scaling The Cotswolds.

High up in my Hermit’s Cave I have a clear view of The Cotswolds. More exactly, a clear view of the northern escarpment that rises south of Stratford upon Avon and runs south westerly towards Cheltenham. Rising some five hundred feet in places, It separates the alluvial Vale of Evesham from the high Cotswold plateau;Continue reading “Scaling The Cotswolds.”

Desperate Dan’s Christmas Walk

I’m sure you remember Desperate Dan, that heroic Wild West character from The Dandy, who could lift a cow one handed. If so, you will remember his favourite food, Desperate Dan’s Cow Pie with it’s horns poking through the pastry topping. Now, at pubs like the Little Lark in Studley we can all enjoy DesperateContinue reading “Desperate Dan’s Christmas Walk”

The Thank You Letter

We have just received a lovely “Thank You” letter from The Shakespeare Hospice in Stratford-upon-Avon for the £1300+ we raised on their behalf during our recent Shakespeare Stroll. We had a brilliant weekend walking two routes over the weekend, covering just over 20 miles; four pubs; a churchyard and a couple of fun wayside picnics.Continue reading “The Thank You Letter”

Guilty Conscience

Cars and cyclists go by as I sit here on this slightly damp bench. I’m conscious that I have been a tad tardy in my recent postings so I’m trying to make amends. It’s warm for mid November. At least it was when I set out but now low grey clouds have rolled in onContinue reading “Guilty Conscience”

Shakespeare Stroll. The Final Reckoning

Shakespeare Stroll. Gentle reminder. Could any of you lovely people who made promises of donations via the legacy paper methods (luddites) please now make your payments please. I am keen to round things up as soon as possible. Indeed there is still time to donate via our Just Giving page if you wish. Thank youContinue reading “Shakespeare Stroll. The Final Reckoning”

On and On On The Onny Trail

The Onny Trail winds through a shallow valley following the course of the River Onny; the road between Craven Arms and Bishops Castle and the remains of a railway line. The three, intertwined sinuously, cross and recross each other through the south Shropshire hills towards Bishops Castle.

In Which I Make a New Friend

I’m holding my waterproof jacket, staring vacantly, hoping for some kind of divine intervention to make the decision for me. My real problem is that today’s walk does not suffer from over preparation: or, indeed, any kind of preparation at all. For the last few days it has been a note in my diary loomingContinue reading “In Which I Make a New Friend”