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Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Eye to Hoxne Circular Walk

Hoxne village

A 10 mile walk around the Suffolk villages of Eye and Hoxne

Hoxne is said to be where St Edmund was Martyred by the Viking invaders in the 9th century. The village is full of reminders of the gruesome event including the cross which marks the place of the oak tree his assailants tied him to, beat him, fired arrows at and eventually beheaded and the bridge he reputedly hid trying to escape his captors.

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Alton Water Reservoir Walk

Daisies at Alton Water

An 8 mile walk around Suffolk's Alton Water Reservoir

Located on the Shotley peninsular, the Alton Water Reservoir provides an easy walk around its water. A self contained circular route that needs little in the way of maps. Just keep the water on your left and keep walking! The mixed variety of landscapes of open meadow, woods and even the hills on the northern side of the reservoir provide a constant changing scenery throughout the walk.

Monday, 26 February 2018

A Norfolk Ramble around the Burnhams

Holkham Hall lake

A 16 mile circular walk from Wells-next-the-sea taking in Burnham Thorpe, Burnham Market and Burnham Norton

This full days walk has everything to offer the adventurous rambler. There is a wander through the stately grounds of Holkham Hall in order to reach the humble church at Burnham Thorpe with its tributes to Norfolk's most famous son, Lord Nelson who was born and grew up in the area. Country lanes lead down to Burnham Market and the church of the old parish of Burnham Ulph. Heading down to the coast there is the church of Burnham Norton with its resplendent medieval paintings. The ramble returns along the vast expansive beaches in front of Holkham.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

In Search of Sizewell and Thorpe Beacons


A 10 mile walk following the southern side of the parish boundary of Leiston in Suffolk

This is the second article devoted to the walk following the route of a 17th century perambulation around the southern side of the Leiston Parish boundary. This article is concentrates on two landmarks from the past, namely Sizewell and Thorpe Beacons, which are thought to have been part of the Armada warning system.

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

In Search of Sizewell Chapel

Broom Covert

A 10 mile walk following the southern side of the parish boundary of Leiston in Suffolk

This walk follows the route of a 17th century perambulation around the southern side of the Leiston Parish boundary. The walk uses the ancient track down to Sizewell and continues down to Thorpe before turning inland to follow the River Hundred through to Cold Fair Green. The details are contained in two articles, this being the first, focusing on the medieval history of Sizewell.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Southwold to Blythburgh along the former Southwold Railway


A linear walk along the former trackbed of the Southwold Railway to Blythburgh

The Southwold Railway was a narrow gauge line that linked Halesworth and Southwold. This closed in 1929 but the track bed is still in existence to Blythburgh and makes an excellent walk. The White Hart pub offers a place for refreshment before returning along the same route. Outstanding views across the Blyth estuary and easy walking across heath and woodland make this a well worthwhile excursion.

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Norwich to Wymondham - In Search of Kett's Oak

Kett's Oak

A 12 mile walk linking Norwich and Wymondham

Kett's Oak is a tree that folklore states was the meeting place for what was to become Kett's Rebellion in the year of 1549. The ageing tree still stands forlorn by the roadside, passed by 1000's of motorists each day, no doubt most of whom are oblivious to this piece of roadside history. This walk seeks to pay homage to Robert Kett by returning to his tree, and researching into the whys and wherefores of the infamous rebellion which followed.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Boudicca Way - Norwich to Shotesham

Shotesham Common

A 12 mile walk roughly following Norfolk's Boudicca Way

This walk uses the Boudicca Way to navigate from Norwich to Shotesham, with an excursion away from the official route to the ruins of the Roman town Venta Icenorum. Shotesham forms the furtherest reaches of the Boudicca Way on this route, from where country lanes cuts across country to the A140 where there is a frequent bus service back into Norwich.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Talybont Reservoir Circular Walk

Talybont Reservoir

An easy walk to Talybont Reservoir in the Brecon Beacons along the old tramway

This route details a circular walk from the village of Talybont-on-Usk to Talybont Reservoir. The route follows the trackbed of the former 19th century tramway that once provided the means to transport the output from the collieries and quarries down to the canal. As with anywhere in the Brecon Beacons, the views are awesome, the landscape magnificent and this is such a simple walk that anyone with an average level of fitness and ability can undertake.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail Walk

Bright autumn colours

A simple 3 mile circular route in the Forest of Dean on the sides of the Cannop Valley

A walk around the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire roughly following a trail around a series of sculptures. Trees, sculptures, views, more trees and if you are lucky wild boar, deer and sheep can be seen in this wonderful piece of woodland.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Goathland to Grosmont Rail Trail

USA Class S160 locomotive 6046

A simple 3.5 mile walk along side the North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Amazing scenery with the sounds of steam engines chugging up the gradients makes this an awesome walk. The route follows the Esk Valley through woodland and open pasture in this idyllic Yorkshire setting. The return route can be a ride on a steam railway which appeals to most people, and with a steep gradient to scale it provides all the sound and excitement associated with steam trains.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Cleveland Way - Scarborough to Filey

View back to Cunstone Nab

A fairly easy wander along the coastal section of the Cleveland Way between Scarborough to Filey

When it comes to the Cleveland Way this is one of the easier sections but there is no lack of amazing views. The walk hugs the clifftops for the most part with little in the way of challenging climbs although certainly never flat. The Cleveland Way ends at Filey Brigg which has various legends as to how it was formed. From here it is a simple walk down into Filey.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Cleveland Way - Robin Hoods Bay to Scarborough

Early morning Robin Hoods Bay

A strenuous 16.5 mile hike along the Cleveland Way following the coastline from Robin Hoods Bay to Scarborough

This is a lengthy section of the Cleveland Way with some steep climbs and descents makes it a strenuous walk. However the scenery is magnificent with large cliffs and outstanding views which make this well worth the effort. Don't rush. Take ones time and enjoy it.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Alde Valley Walk - Sweffling to Badingham

more Suffolk countryside

A circular walk through the quintessential Suffolk countryside following the River Alde

A circular walk following country lanes with a few footpaths along the Alde Valley. This is typical Suffolk countryside where one can take a lazy stroll. There are pubs to visit, three to be precise and all named the White Horse, along with three churches that are not named the White Horse!

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Cleveland Way - Whitby to Robin Hoods Bay

Black Nab

An 8 mile walk following the Cleveland Way between Whitby and Robin Hoods Bay

A fairly easy ramble across the cliffs from Whitby to Robin Hoods Bay with some spectacular views and scenery. It is worth taking some additional time to wander around Whitby before embarking on this walk. But beware of the Beguist, a legendary hellhound that is said to stalk the streets of Whitby.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Cleveland Way - Staithes to Whitby


A 12 mile walk following the Cleveland Way between Staithes and Whitby

A fabulous walk along the Yorkshire coast. Amazing views and not too challenging. Runswick Bay is just under half way where a broad sandy beach presents a different view ending with a climb up the rocky crevasse known as Hob Hole. The walk ends at Whitby where there is plenty to explore.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Cleveland Way - Saltburn to Staithes

Cleveland Way marker at Skinningrove

A 9 mile walk following the Cleveland Way between Saltburn and Staithes

This walk passes over the highest point on the east coast of England, a 670 foot high cliff at Boulby. The entire route bears the marks of numerous quarrying operations from over the centuries. The village of Skinningrove is roughly half way, and it is this place that holds a legend of a merman being captured and held in one of its cottages.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Gipping Valley Way - Needham Market to Ipswich

near Pipps Ford

An 12 mile walk following Suffolk's River Gipping between Needham Market and Ipswich

A riverside walk tracing the route of the River Gipping as it heads through Suffolk to join the tidal waters of the Orwell at Ipswich. A gentle ambling route that twists and turns through the countryside which presents a perfect summers walk.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

South West Coast Path - Boscastle to Tintagel

Boscastle Harbour

An 5 mile walk along the South West Coast Path between Boscastle and Tintagel

A scenic walk that is not too much of a challenge to any seasoned walker. Rocky Valley presents a steep climb in and out but this really is a delight to behold and well worth the effort to get across it. The end of the walk is at Tintagel with all its Arthurian legend. Behold Camelot.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

South West Coast Path - Tintagel to Port Isaac

Jacket's Point

An 9 mile walk along the South West Coast Path between Tintagel and Port Isaac

Very much a demanding and challenging walk that is not for the casual walker. Despite the strenuous terrain, the scenery is magnificent and there is a true sense of achievement by the end of the hike that makes the pint of ale at the Port Gaverne Hotel even more rewarding. Oh, and beware of the ghosts of Backways Cove.

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