The Ridgeway: Ivinghoe Beacon
In which we take an ice white walk through the woods to start the Ridgeway, and find golden nymphs dancing in the trees on Britain’s oldest trail.
The Isis (Thames), The Cherwell and The Oxford Canal
In which I ramble along the river past the dreaming spires and end up two feet deep in it
The Norber Erratics
In which we climb a hill and wander with a herd of prehistoric beasts, a praying rabbit and a dog on a toadstool
Northumberland, Low Newton to Craster
In which we follow the waft of kippers to Craster and find our car at the end of a rainbow
London: The Parkland Walk
In which I am surrounded by superstition on an invisible railway: fairies in the bushes, and an abandoned station waiting for a train that will never come.
Chilterns: Chorleywood to Chesham
In which we celebrate UK Fungus Day by getting sprayed with pesticides and have a moot on a possible moot hill
The New Forest: Ivy Wood & Perrywood
In which I ramble around the woodlands looking for pigs, but have to make do with a Martian invader.
Brockenhurst, New Forest: Trolls, Trees and Orchids
In which I get up ridiculously early and get a mackerel sky, plenty of deer and a whiff of a troll.
Pilgrims’ Way: Guildford to Gomshall
Stage 5a of the Pilgrims’ Way in which I fail to find a dragon’s cave and fail to find hospitality in a quintessentially expensive Surrey village
Brockenhurst, New Forest: Wilverley Plain
In which we meet wildlife, discover the ancient sport of squoyling and play ice cream jeopardy