12 mile circular walks in Guildford and Hayes

 This month I walked two 12 -mile circular walks.

riversided Guildford

Riverside Guildford


 There’s’ no real reason why I should vet one walk against another, but I will anyway! The first  walk was in Guildford led by the UK Explorers group; and the second was in  Hayes,led by the South Bank Ramblers.I have to say, Guildford wins no competition.


Guildford-Water- Riverside, woods, views and good company.

Shapes of trees

Shapes of trees


Walking in Guildford, with The UK Explorer’s Group

This month I managed to do two 12-mile circular walks. My first walk was in the Guildford Surrey area. The day didn’t start off promising. As always I was determined to get out more, and joined up with the UK Explorers Group.

I wanted to try another walk with this group; as well I wanted to see a bit more of Guildford. I had been there for a day trip before and quite liked it. I like a circular walk, and 12 miles is a good distance, it feels like a proper work out. Two in a month is pretty good for me.

mad hatter tree

Can you spot the Mad Hatter


On a freezing cold Saturday morning I arrived at Waterloo station, I was a bit early and surprised to see a massive crowd of excitable cub scouts off on some day trip. They were all – hip hip hooraying and gearing up for some event. I wrapped my scarf around me wondering where my lot were in the station.

 I was thinking to myself why have I got up and out so early on a Saturday morning to go walking in the cold.

We arrived at Guildford station, where we waited around for someone arriving from near Guildford. It felt cold. Once the full group was together we made off and walked about 7 miles before we stopped off at St Martha’s hill. A steep walk, got us warmed up quickly, it led to a small church and cemetery. we took the opportunity to have a break, as there were a couple of benches tucked in the walled garden. We walkers, appreciate; a  rest to admire the view. A good leader knows where and when to stop.

On a better day, the caretaker told us you could see Surrey and beyond.


St Marthas hill for lunch break

St Martha’s hill for lunch break


Mellow Yellow


Hayes 12 mile circular walk.

 The South Bank Ramblers group, 12-mile circular walk to Hayes, was not a walk, I  enjoyed. It would be great if all walks were fantastic, but there are various factors, that can make a walk unenjoyable.

Being muddy and wet usually spoils what could be a lovely walk. The  problem with this particular walk is there was too much road crossing,

 We frequently went into a wooded area then came out onto a road and did that several times. The leader is an extremely fit walker, who marched us on at a pace, that I don’t mind, at times, but I didn’t feel we saw much scenery of any note, and far too close to the suburbs.

The highlight was the lunch in the village of Downe. I resisted the temptation to go into the George and Dragon, a pub where Zippy (Nigel Farage ) is said to drink.

It will soon be time for my walking weekend away in Derbyshire this is organised by the UK EXPLORERS MEET UP GROUP.

After Guildford, I decided they were an alright group. They are younger than the Ramblers, but that’s fine. I’m not ageist!

A whole weekend away with a group is a new venture for me. We may do some night walking which is not something I have done before. 

I ‘m looking forward to it and hope I have some good walks and pictures to post you all.

Until then

Happy Easter.


States of Mind

Walking, Protesting, Tibet,&  States of Mind

On my last post, I mentioned going on a Demo about the housing crisis. A short walk from Kennington to Westminster on a bright but cold day.

Two guys carried this all the way to Downing Street from Kennington. Stopped here for a rest!

Two guys carried this all the way to Downing Street from Kennington. Stopped here for a rest!


Will there ever be enough social housing in the UK?


At Downing street a friend tells documentary maker why we need social housing.. go Deborah.!

At Downing street, a friend tells documentary maker why we need social housing.. go Deborah.!


Although I see houses and flats being built daily all over London, at what price?

Walking to Westminster from Kenningto to protest about the lack of social housing.

Walking to Westminster from Kennington to protest about the lack of social housing.

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Walking at night


The City at night

 Walking to the South Bank in Waterloo, starting at Railton Road is about  6 miles. I love this walk, especially at dusk. The city at night, has a magic all of its own.  Walking at night, is a great time to think. It’s nice to be able to stop when and where you want, with  no particular place to go; that’s the way I like it.

Once a Housing Coop , cheap rent

On the corner of Atlantic Road/Coldharbour Lane Brixton



As I walk from my flat in Railton Road, the 1st place of interest I come across is Carlton Mansions; which was soon to be demolished. It has served as a coop for over 40 years. It was  a three layered tenement type building, with huge staircases. I seem to recall getting lost in there, under the influence of something or another. The design of the flats were all unique. I have known several of the tenants there. They are  pokey but at £10 a week or so, worth it.

Originally, the building was put up to  provide accommodation for the railway workers, as the building is situated on the corner of Coldharbour lane &  Railton Road. Back in the Victorian times, when the railways were being layed down all over London the  accommodation was often build to house the immigrants who had travelled to work there.

In the late 70’s it was taken over by squatters  who formed a coop. The Inhabitants were forced out of  their beloved homes recently and rehoused by the council. There were many a wild night parties held in Carlton Mansions


Walking in London, is always like a new adventure


Sights seen walking at Dusk from Brixton via Kennington towards The Southbank

Sights seen walking at Dusk from Brixton via Kennington towards The Southbank


When walking towards Kensington, I decide to try heading down a few unfamiliar streets. There are always new developments in London, and sometimes it can feel like you are actually in a new city.

The other side of the coin is the death of the beloved old buildings.  It was sad to see The Old Cricketers pub being prepared for the scrapheap.

The last time I went to a gig there, I saw Rat Scabies from Punk, band ‘The Damned . As well I  saw The Glitter Band without Gary.! I guess, things have to move on. Continue reading


Dirty Boots

My dirty boots have been sitting outside my flat door since November.

I’m the sort of person that will leave the dirty boots on a newspaper, outside the door for months on end. I do intend to clean them eventually!.  The last walk I did was especially muddy and wet, so I figured it would be a while before I venture on a muddy walk. I have to say I’m not keen on muddy walks, it’s ok every now and again; hence the neglected walking boots!

Walking along the coast, North and South

At the beginning of December, I visited South Shields and Newcastle, and got to enjoy the fresh air. I never get tired of this part of the UK, it is my birth town and I feel at home here.

The day after Boxing Day I walked a circular walk from Seasalter on the beach to Whitstable. We had  a little Browse around the town and a couple of drinks in Handsome Sams’ Bar- a micro pub based in the Centre of town.




South Shields December 2015

South Shields December 2015


fireworks at South Shields

Fireworks at South Shields


Fireworks South Shields

Fireworks South Shields Great firework display  followed by a great night out in Newcastle . We saw a a London based band called The Fallen leaves. Track for ya, below.

 Take a walk in their shoes

At least I have a choice about going out for an eight mile walk. Spare a thought for those who have walked thousands of miles trying to escape war and conflict.

An interactive website set up by channel 4 shows the routes taken and choices available. It’s bleak but real. The scale of the humanitarian disaster is something that cannot be ignored.

Planning walks & looking forward!

I have a planned walking weekend In Derbyshire in the spring that is with the new Meet -Up group I joined up with earlier this year. I will also be leading my favorite walk again in June next year which will be Newhaven to East Dean via the Seven Sisters Sussex.

 I have finally succumbed to rejoining Facebook. I have reactivated my account which is under my then pseudo name Julie Jameson.


That person was my alter ego or something like that, she is from another era, but seemingly resurfaced. I don’t seem to be able to erase my account completely without writing  a letter to Facebook explaining myself! and then having to wait for approval , so for the time being she holds the reins.

As well though I have created a page just for this blog, and if I have done things correctly, this should appear on my Facebook page when I publish it as it does on twitter.

Ok folks.

RIP Lemmy…

Until then


keep it real!


Meet up groups

  I’m a big fan of Meet Up Groups.

Although, I as feeling I was out of my depth,  I had set about creating  a website , and started writing a blog, using WordPress. Then later on down the line, I found out about Meet Up Groups. I always learned something by attending those meetings; even if was just a  snippet of information. The Word Press Meet Up Group are very advanced and many were professional

I wasn’t confident that I was in the right group; but the crew made me feel welcome. This WordPress Meet Up Group was  free; and additionally,  case we were fed and watered, providing pizza and Beer. The hubs popping up in London are a great place to hold Meet Up Groups.

lets, Meet Up!

Without WordPress I would not have this Blog.

The WordPress Meet UP Group, meet at a business hub; where freelancers can congregate to work and do business, as well as meet new people, and learn about the latest developments, everyone there is free to discuss anything really to do with the website software WordPress.

The space is provided Free of charge by their sponsors . The first one I went to Site Ground were the host providers. They are the folk who keep your engine running and secure your site up in the cosmos!/ the cloud. I hope this makes sense.

find a theme, write a blog, create a website with Word Press.


The last Meet Up WordPress Group I attended, went well, I felt I made a valid contribution to the group.

 Did I want to write a blog as a personal journey, or did I want to be more ambitious? I was there exploring my options, and that seemed to be a good enough reason for me to be at the Word Press Intermediate group.


 My blog is about walking, and this is what I want to write about, as many of you who read my blog on a regular basis, you will know I’m not strictly only writing about walks. I don’t really do geographical descriptions as such. I write monthly posts about walks I go on, and what I might find along the way.



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