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