Week 62 – Salisbury to Guildford

Wednesday 4th to Tuesday 10th December 2019

Salisbury to Broughton (Clarendon Way)  12.71 miles
Broughton to Winchester (Clarendon Way)  13.08 miles
Winchester to Alresford (Pilgrims Way/North Downs Way)  10.74 miles
Alresford to Alton (Pilgrims Way/North Downs Way)  13.60 miles
Alton to Farnham (Pilgrims Way/North Downs Way)  13.03 miles
Farnham to Guildford (Pilgrims Way/North Downs Way)  10.92 miles

Total miles this week 74.08

Total miles to date 2785.77

 

The wooden ram above the shop just outside the High Street Gate dates from the shop’s former use, Stonehenge Woollen Industries. It was set up in the early C20th by Catherine Lovibond, with the aim of regenerating the rural economy. The firm continued in business until 1959.

 

Elisabeth Frink’s Walking Madonna (1981), Salisbury Cathedral

 

Detail from Salisbury cathedral

 

Salisbury cathedral

 

The mural, by artist Fred Fieber, under the flyover of the Ring Road, Salisbury. It was painted in 2011 and represents some of the local characters, buildings and businesses that were there before the Milford Street Bridge and Ring Road were built in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

 

Another part of the mural, by artist Fred Fieber, under the flyover of the Ring Road, Salisbury. No. 88 Milford Street was destroyed to make way for the Milford Street Bridge and the Ring Road. This action also destroyed a thriving local community, many shops, businesses, buildings and the lives of many who lived there.

 

Salisbury to Broughton

 

Salisbury to Broughton

 

Salisbury to Broughton

 

Salisbury to Broughton

 

Salisbury to Broughton

 

Detail from the Broughton village sign

 

River Test, Broughton to Winchester

 

Broughton to Winchester

 

Broughton to Winchester

 

Monument to “Beware Chalk Pit”, Farley Mount. This horse was named after surviving a 25ft deep fall into a chalk pit whilst out fox-hunting in 1733 then carrying its owner to a racing victory a year later. Broughton to Winchester.

 

Broughton to Winchester

 

Broughton to Winchester

 

Winchester

 

The statue of King Alfred (Alfred the Great) at the bottom of The Broadway, Winchester. Alfred ruled Wessex from Winchester and his reign (871-899) marked the beginnings of a kingdom of England. He prevented England from falling to the Danes and promoted learning and literacy.

 

Winchester cathedral

 

Painted bollards, Winchester

 

Winchester

 

Winchester to Alresford

 

Church at Kings Worthy. Winchester to Alresford

 

Watercress beds, Alresford

 

Alresford to Alton

 

Alresford to Alton

 

Alresford to Alton

 

Jane Austen’s house, Alton

 

Celebrating 100 years if Lions Clubs. “Lions are ordinary people who do extraordinary things to help others and support good causes”. I’ve had positive dealings with them during my journey 🙂 

Alton

 

Holybourne church. Alton to Farnham

 

Alton to Farnham

 

Alton to Farnham

 

One of the sculptures at the University for the Creative Arts at Farnham

 

Start/end of the North Downs Way, Farnham

 

Farnham to Guildford

 

Farnham to Guildford

 

Farnham to Guildford

 

Farnham to Guildford

 

Farnham to Guildford

 

Week 61 – Avebury to Warminster

Wednesday 27th November to Tuesday 3rd December 2019

Avebury to Bromham 12.5 miles
Devizes to Trowbridge 10.63 miles
Bath to Trowbridge 12 miles
Warminster to Westbury 8.58 miles

Total miles this week 43.71

Total miles to date 2711.69

 

Avebury to Bromham

 

Avebury to Bromham

 

Avebury to Bromham

 

Caen Hill Locks (C 1810), on the Kennet and Avon canal near Devizes

 

Kennet and Avon canal near Devizes

 

Kennet and Avon canal near Devizes

 

Kennet and Avon canal, Devizes to Trowbridge

 

Bath

 

Door panel, Bath Abbey

 

Bath

 

Bath to Trowbridge

 

Dundas Aqueduct, Kennet and Avon Canal, Bath to Trowbridge

 

Bath to Trowbridge

 

Kennet and Avon Canal, Bath to Trowbridge

 

Imber Range Perimeter Path/Wessex Ridgeway. Warminster to Westbury

 

Imber Range Perimeter Path/Wessex Ridgeway. Warminster to Westbury

 

Westbury White Horse. No longer chalk, now concreted

 

The view from the Westbury White Horse’s ear

 

Bitham Mill, Westbury

 

 

Week 60 – Pershore to Swindon

Wednesday 20th to Tuesday 26th November 2019

Due to problems with diversions caused by flooding my walks were cut short on some days

Pershore to Evesham 9.29 miles
Evesham to Beckford, Tewkesbury 7.38 miles
Walk around Tewkesbury 5.31 miles
Gloucester to Painswick, Stroud 6.84 miles
Stroud to Cirencester 10 miles
Siddington, Cirencester to Ashton Keynes, Swindon 8.57 miles

Total miles this week 47.39

Total miles to date 2667.98

 

Pershore to Evesham

 

Pershore to Evesham

 

Charlton. Pershore to Evesham

 

Charlton. Pershore to Evesham

 

River Severn at Evesham

 

Evesham abbey

 

The statue in the Market Place, Evesham, depicting the 8th century swineherd Eof (or Eoves). Legend had it that he saw an apparition of the virgin Mary in the trees and this was interpreted as the place where an abbey should be built. It’s also how Evesham got its name, Eoveshomme (Evesham)

 

Ashton under Hill. Evesham to Beckford, Tewkesbury

 

Ponies at Beckford near Tewkesbury

 

Tewkesbury abbey

 

Tewkesbury abbey

 

Tewkesbury

 

Tewkesbury

 

The now closed Healings flour mill in Tewkesbury, which dates back to 1865 and produced flour for over 150 years.

 

Touching Souls by Mico Kaufman, outside Tewkesbury abbey. It’s an exact replica of the same sculpture in Tewkesbury, Massachusetts, and shows 4 children – native American, European American, African American and Asian American.

 

Robinswood Hill Country Park, Gloucester

 

Robinswood Hill Country Park, Gloucester. On a good day the views are amazing apparently. Unfortunately this wasn’t a good day.

 

Painswick autumn colours

 

Painswick’s lovely yellow oolitic Jurassic limestone buildings

 

St. Mary’s church, Painswick. The village is known as the ‘Queen of the Cotswolds and is one of England’s oldest ‘Wool Towns’, the wealth from wool production and weaving in the area gave the town many fine buildings, particularly this one.

https://www.stmaryspainswick.org.uk/

Painswick gatehouse

 

The disused Thames and Severn Canal, Stroud to Cirencester

 

A sculpture named “Pink Lady Dancing with Big Brown Dog” at the Market Place in Cirencester. The sculpture is on loan by the sculptor Sophie Ryder.

 

Cirencester

 

The disused Thames and Severn Canal, Siddington to Ashton Keynes

 

Siddington to Ashton Keynes

 

A stile without a fence. Siddington to Ashton Keynes

 

The disused Thames and Severn Canal, Siddington to Ashton Keynes

Week 59 – Leominster, Herefordshire to Worcester, Worcestershire

Wednesday 13th to Tuesday 19th November 2019

Leominster to Hatfield 10.62 miles
Hagley to Upper Arley 12.11 miles
Bobbington to Kidderminster 14.01 miles
Ombersley to Worcester 7.97 miles

Total miles this week 44.71

Total miles to date 2620.59

 

Leominster, Herefordshire

 

Market Square, Leominster

 

Leominster, Herefordshire

 

Leominster to Hatfield

 

Leominster to Hatfield

 

Leominster to Hatfield

 

Leominster to Hatfield

 

Bache Camp hill fort, Leominster to Hatfield

 

Leominster to Hatfield

 

Hagley to Upper Arley

 

Hagley to Upper Arley

 

110 steps, Kinver Edge, Hagley to Upper Arley. This area was part of my training route and I remember these steps well!

 

Hagley to Upper Arley

 

Bridge over the River Severn, Upper Arley

 

Bobbington to Kidderminster

 

Enville Estate, Bobbington to Kidderminster

 

Kinver Edge, Bobbington to Kidderminster

 

Kinver Edge, Bobbington to Kidderminster

 

Wolverley, Bobbington to Kidderminster

 

Kidderminster

 

Flooded footpath, Ombersley to Worcester. The flooding along the River Severn meant I had to divert and walk along the roads

 

The church at Hallow near Worcester

 

 

Week 58 – Nottingham to Aston, Birmingham

Wednesday 6th to Tuesday 12th November 2019

Borrowash to Findern 12.95 miles
Findern to Burton on Trent 8.39 miles
Burton upon Trent to Lichfield 15.62 miles
Birmingham – Butlers Lane Station to Aston 10.18 miles

Total miles this week 47.14

Total miles to date 2575.88

 

The River Derwent had burst its banks leaving a camp site submerged with only the pitch markers showing. Borrowash, Derbyshire.

 

River Derwent in flood, Borrowash, Derbyshire.

 

The Grade II listed gardens of Elvaston Castle Country Park. Derbyshire. Borrowash to Findern.

 

Elvaston Castle

 

The Grade II listed gardens of Elvaston Castle Country Park. Derbyshire. Borrowash to Findern.

 

Borrowash to Findern

 

Borrowash to Findern

 

Trent and Mersey Canal, Borrowash to Findern

 

Trent and Mersey Canal, Borrowash to Findern

 

Trent and Mersey Canal, Borrowash to Findern

 

Trent and Mersey Canal, Findern, Derby to Burton upon Trent

 

Trent and Mersey Canal, with the flooded River Dove. Findern, Derby to Burton upon Trent

 

Pavement detail in Burton upon Trent town centre

 

Burton upon Trent

 

Burton upon Trent

 

Burton upon Trent

 

Lichfield cathedral

 

Lichfield to Burton upon Trent

 

Lichfield to Burton upon Trent

 

Exmoor ponies at Sutton Park, Birmingham

 

Birmingham – Butlers Lane Station to Aston

 

Birmingham – Butlers Lane Station to Aston

 

Aston Hall, Birmingham

 

Aston Hall, Birmingham

 

 

Week 57 – Nettleton, Lincolnshire to Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Wednesday 30th October to Tuesday 5th November 2019

Nettleton to Market Rasen 9.88 miles
Market Rasen to Dunholme 12.82 miles
Lincoln
Worksop to Edwinstowe 13.01 miles
Edwinstowe to Blidworth 11.02 miles
Blidworth to Nottingham 10.65 miles

Total miles this week 57.38

Total miles to date 2528.74

 

Nettleton to Market Rasen

 

Nettleton to Market Rasen

 

Viking Way, Nettleton to Market Rasen

 

Market Rasen

 

Market Rasen to Dunholme

 

Market Rasen to Dunholme

 

Pottergate. One of only 2 remaining medieval gates that gave access to Lincoln cathedral.

 

Lincoln cathedral

 

Tennyson memorial statue, Lincoln cathedral grounds

 

The gateway to Lincoln castle

 

Lincoln

 

Lincoln

 

The National Trust’s Clumber Park, Worksop to Edwinstowe

 

“Nellie”, a reproduction WWII trench-digging machine, at the National Trust’s Clumber Park, Worksop to Edwinstowe

 

The National Trust’s Clumber Park, Worksop to Edwinstowe

 

Robin Hood Way, Sherwood Forest, Worksop to Edwinstowe

 

Sherwood Forest, Worksop to Edwinstowe

 

Major Oak, Sherwood Forest, Worksop to Edwinstowe. This huge tree is the biggest oak tree in Britain and is thought to be 800-1100 years old. Legend has it that when the forest was home to Robin Hood and his Merry Men they used the Major Oak for shelter.

 

Edwinstowe

 

Edwinstowe to Blidworth

 

Edwinstowe to Blidworth

 

Edwinstowe to Blidworth

 

This huge sculpture of a Golden Hand, near the pond at Vicar Water, was specially commission for the Sustrans National Cycle Route. In the background are the abandoned Clipstone Colliery headstocks. Edwinstowe to Blidworth.

 

Painted on one of the bridge walls. Edwinstowe to Blidworth.

 

Edwinstowe to Blidworth.

 

Edwinstowe to Blidworth.

 

Edwinstowe to Blidworth.

 

Entrance to Papplewick Pumping Station museum, Blidworth to Nottingham

 

Burntstump Country Park, Blidworth to Nottingham

 

Blidworth to Nottingham

 

Blidworth to Nottingham

 

Nottingham

 

Week 56 – Bridlington to Nettleton

Wednesday 23rd to Tuesday 29th October 2019

Bridlington to Skipsea  11.08 miles
Beverley to Hull 12.18 miles
Epworth to Crowle 10.02 miles
Barnetby le Wold to Nettleton  9.83 miles

Total miles this week 43.11

Total miles to date 2471.36

 

Fraisthorpe Sands, Bridlington to Skipsea. There used to be a path above the cliffs but this has crumbled into the sea due to coastal erosion

 

Bridlington to Skipsea

 

The Beverley Medieval Guilds and Crafts Trail

 

Beverley to Hull

 

Beverley to Hull

 

Beverley to Hull

 

Bridge over the River Humber

 

Disused windmill, now a residential property, Epworth, Lincolnshire

 

Epworth to Crowle, Lincolnshire

 

Epworth to Crowle, Lincolnshire

 

Epworth to Crowle, Lincolnshire

 

Barnetby le Wold

 

Monument in a field in Somerby, built in 1770 to commemorate 29 years of marriage of Edward and Ann Weston of Somerby Hall. Barnetby le Wold to Nettleton

 

Caistor. Where 66 skeletons, believed to be Roman, were discovered in the former Talbot Inn car park. Carving by Martin Healy, South Kelsey.

 

Caistor

Week 55b – Scarborough to Bridlington

Wednesday 16th to Tuesday 22nd October 2019

Back to “work” and on the coastal trail again after my break in York

Scarborough to Filey  9.02 miles
Bempton to Bridlington 8.54 miles

Total miles this week 17.56

Total miles to date 2428.25

 

Scarborough

 

Scarborough to Filey

 

Scarborough to Filey

 

Scarborough to Filey

 

Bempton to Bridlington

 

Bempton to Bridlington

 

Bempton to Bridlington

 

Land train, Bempton to Bridlington

 

Bridlington

 

Bridlington

 

Bridlington

 

Detail of wall along Bridlington promenade

 

Bridlington

 

Bridlington

 

Bridlington

 

Bridlington

 

 

 

Week 55a – R&R in York

Wednesday 16th to Tuesday 22nd October 2019

This week was mainly spent having some time off to rest and to explore the beautiful walled city of York…

 

York’s Grade II listed railway station was the largest in the world when it opened in 1877. Built by the North Eastern Railway, the structure included 13 platforms, a train shed, station buildings and a hotel.

 

Micklegate Bar. This was the most important of York’s four main medieval gateways and the focus for grand events. The name comes from ‘Micklelith’, meaning great street. It was the main entrance to the city for anyone arriving from the South”
http://www.historyofyork.org.uk/timel…/norman/micklegate-bar

 

The Tansy Beetle mural, by street artist ATM, is on the side of a house on Queen Street, next to the Premier Inn. It’s described by some as the “Jewel of York”, and portrays the city’s own rare, endemic Tansy beetle. Commissioned by environmental charity New Networks for Nature, and paid for by crowd funding, I think it’s beautiful. ATM has painted murals across London to Bristol and on to Poland and Norway.
http://atmstreetart.com/about/

 

Entrance to one of the gates

 

Walled walk

 

 

Detail of a bridge

 

 

York Minster, York’s Medieval cathedral

 

Detail inside York Minster

 

 

The Shambles

 

 

Part of the wall

 

River Ouse

 

York railway station

Week 54 – Redcar to Scarborough

Wednesday 9th to Tuesday 15th October 2019

Redcar to Loftus  8 miles
Staithes to Whitby  12.48 miles
Whitby to Ravenscar  9.82 miles
Ravenscar to Scarborough  11.52 miles

Total miles this week 41.82

Total miles to date 2410.69

Redcar

 

Redcar pavement

 

One of Redcar’s many ornate wrought-iron panels by architectural metalworkers Chris Topp and Co. “Based on the concept of the seaside postcard and represent local scenes, with each including a letter which when taken in order form a riddle with a hidden clue”.

 

“Left Luggage”, 2007, by Lewis Robinson. Gifted to Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council by “Working Title Films” to celebrate the filming of “Atonement” during the summer of 2006. Redcar.

 

Redcar

 

Redcar Sands

 

Saltburn-by-the-Sea beach huts

 

Saltburn-by-the-Sea

 

Saltburn-by-the-Sea cliff lift

 

Redcar to Loftus

 

Redcar to Loftus

 

Charm bracelet sculpture at Huntcliff, Skinningrove. Redcar to Loftus

 

Cattersty Sands, Loftus

 

Skinningrove. Redcar to Loftus

 

Skinningrove. Redcar to Loftus

 

Illusion art. Staithes

 

Runswick Bay. Staithes to Whitby

 

Runswick Bay. Staithes to Whitby

 

The coastal path went up there! Runswick Bay. Staithes to Whitby

 

Staithes to Whitby

 

Staithes to Whitby

 

Ducks at Sandsend. Staithes to Whitby

 

Whale bone arch, Whitby

 

Cinder Track, Whitby to Ravenscar

 

Cinder Track, Whitby to Ravenscar

 

Robin Hood’s Bay, Whitby to Ravenscar

 

Robin Hood’s Bay, Whitby to Ravenscar

 

Robin Hood’s Bay, Whitby to Ravenscar

 

Robin Hood’s Bay, Whitby to Ravenscar

 

Whitby to Ravenscar

 

Remains of the railway platform, Ravenscar to Scarborough

 

Ravenscar to Scarborough

 

Scarborough

 

Scarborough Gaol

 

Scarborough