Dec
2019

My best walks in 2019

 Looking back through Pictures & My best walks in 2019

My best walks in 2019 seemed to be mainly in the first half of the year and dwindle somewhat once summer arrived.

I spent April and May on the South Coast practicing walking from  Eastbourne to Seaford & over the Seven Sisters. It’s a great training ground and stood me in great stead for some very steep hills along the Jurassic Coast the following month.

Walking towards Eastbourne, as the hail started. I walked the 14 miles to Seaford. This coastline is a magnificent training ground.

 

WALKING THE JURRASIC COAST

Map of Jurassic Coast

We were starting our first day walking around Kimmeridge. The first day we covered about 20 miles of the coast, a brilliant open space.

The second day was slightly shorter but we had some incredibly steep hills to climb,  it was tough. The walk finished at  Duddle Door. I think of the British Isles as a small area until I get to the coast, and start walking! 

Over two days we covered about 35 miles approximately. I guess the whole coast could be walked in over a week. Seven days should do it.  It takes preparation, but weather permitting the walk is doable. 

for further details see.www.jurassiccoast.org 

https://www.visit-dorset.com/things-to-do/durdle-door-p1262763

I was the only one on the walk raising funds for War Child. There were are a few others raising money for different
charities. It was May the weather was good. We were really lucky to have two days of clear sky. I had raised £550.00, now all I needed to do was put one foot in front of the other & follow the leader.

 I felt proud to have completed the walk and wondered afterward what I had been so worried about. 

BLUE HAZE. People from the group taking a break on a hilltop

 

Camden Walk, from victorian art to punk rock

Back in London, I was rediscovering Camden. Having started a Meetup Group towards the end of 2018. I loved exploring and finding out more about the area and connecting the past to the present. My walk was a sort of literary art/rock n roller theme led walk. It was a short-lived experience, but interesting nevertheless.

 

Camden Canal

I think I enjoyed the organizing, preparation, and discovery of creating the walk more so than the meet up itself.

I had created a walk which was about 1 hour and a half.  Starting at Mornington Crescent, with what I lovingly knew as the Music Machine, where I spent a lot of time in my early 20’s.

Five minutes from there,  round the corner, we stopped at Walter Sickert’s `old digs’-He was a famous Victorian artist, who had painted for a living and was part of the Camden Collective. see my blog, A week in politics is a very long timeSPENCER -GORE

His name has been slandered by Patricia Cornwell the crime writer, as she has spent millions to prove he was Jack the Ripper. The top crime experts dispute this claim.
PIC OF TOWN CRIER IN FULL OUTFIT

OLD FASHIONED TOWN CRIER

mural of Amy Winehouse

AMY WINEHOUSE mural at Camden Market Entrance see my post Revisiting Camden

Revisiting Camden

By August I had given up on the Urban Led Walks as a Meet Up Group.

I carried on walking along the river and embankment on Sundays,  It’s surprisingly quiet along Chelsea embankment and Pimlico.

Hungry Seagulls coming in-land for food

Seagulls along the embankment

 

Another intriguing day was The walk to the house that Grayson Perry designed.  

Manningtree was mostly in the countryside, we also walked along the estuary which was eerily serene. Storm Hannah was there in the distance, at times kicking the sand up into our faces and giving the trees a good shake. No serious damage was done.

The mural at the train station near Grayson perry’s house MANNING TREE

Grayson Perry designed this house and can be rented out by signing up for a lottery. My name came up a couple of times, but unfortunately, I did not have a couple of thousand pounds to spare to treat my loved ones!

The house that Grayson Perry built

Another place I have been revisiting is the North East, born in South Shields and I  moved to Newcastle upon Tyne aged four; then left for London at 17. I never get tired of taking pictures of the magnificent bridges.

The Magnificent Tyne Bridge, view at night.

 

This bird picture, somewhat out of focus is one of my favorite pictures. The Cormorant birds are making a comeback. Only recently I saw a flock of them hanging out on a barge at the Chelsea Embankment. Previously I knew little of this bird and when I looked it up, it stated they loved fishing. That’s why this is one of my favorite pictures.
The cormorant

No fishing allowed!

 

The last of the Summer wine.!

These thistles stood out to me when walking in Kent, it was towards the end of the summer and a very hot day.  We were lucky to have a little breeze, the apples were bright red, good enough to pick from the tree and eat.  Walking through the orchards they looked beautiful. We walked about 10 miles that day in the heat.

Wild, n dry Thistle, Oare, Kent.

MAKE HAY WHILE THE SUN SHINES

Last but not least. THE ISLE OF WIGHT in September -my other favorite month for being outdoors

I eventually had a few days out in September in The Isle of Wight. It was worth the wait, we had four days of blue sky and warm enough to be out all day. I would visit again for sure.

 

Coming out from a 4-mile walk  in the woods, this was the first sight at Ventnor

Near Freshwater Isle of Wight

Hammersmith Mid week.

Back to reality. Work has taken over and after a dismal job interview, I decided to treat myself to lunch by the river. The sky was vast & the river wide. It felt great to sit upstairs out on a balcony looking out at the scenery.

The year is now over and more adventures to start again in 2020

I’m up for the challenge of Dry January. See the Blog Post here if you are interested.

Until then Happy New Year 2020.

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