Hiking along the Jurassic Coast

A weekend hiking along the Jurassic Coast

Hiking along the Jurassic Coast is something I have been looking forward to since December last year. Funny how time flies and all of a sudden here it comes.

I had heard a lot about how stunning the Jurassic Coast is.  I was told, it isn’t as steep as The Seven Sisters.  They were wrong, it was every bit as challenging if not more so. 

The Jurassic coast is a world heritage site; stretching over  96 miles long, from Exmouth in East Devon to Studland Bay, Dorset.  


I had deliberately not read too much about the camping arrangements. It might have put me off!

 Both nights were freezing. The second night I couldn’t get to sleep, I heard; owls, cuckoos, giggles and snoring. I tried reading with a torch, but it was too cold to keep my face and hands out of the sleeping bag. I slept with all my clothes on.!There were glamping options; If you felt the need to upgrade.

One of the group from Discover Adventure did give up a night of camping for glamping and reported back that it was lovely and warm. I reminded myself that it could be worse I had managed to raise £550.00 for War Child already, so all I had to do was relax, this was only for 2 nights. I wasn’t a refugee and I did not have to live like this. 

We were only going to walk 26 miles or so over two days.

It wasn’t as tough as I thought and I gathered, the jogging around Brockwell Park had made me stronger.  As well I had hiked from Eastbourne to Seaford the week before under the duress of hail and wind! 

There were a lot of places and names new to me, such as Lulworth Cove and Durdle door that we visited over two days. We visited Kimmeridge Bay and Tyneham Village, a deserted village, partly left standing and never restored.

I find it difficult to recall all the names and the exact order of the walk, there was so much to take in. Focusing on putting one foot in front of the other and plenty steep climbs kept me focused on doing the walk.! I need to visit places a few time to really get to know it.

Wild Garlic in abundance at this time of year.

WILD GARLIC was out in abundance here it is, making a home in a derelict house. It smelt divine.

Discover Adventure

DA as they were known to the travellers, took care of all our needs; from putting up the tents to bringing us food and snacks. 

It’s somewhat a bit of a strange setup, but I had signed up for it now and there was no going back. Only three of us were fundraising, and I was the only one who had raised funds for War Child. Going uphill, one step at a time, take it easy, steady and slowly gets you there in the end.

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


Fundraising for War Child.

Some of that fund went tot he organisers, who did all the work; from picking us to up, to cooking dinners, providing tents, and dropping us off at the Coast. I couldn’t have done without them.

Everyone was extra friendly, and it was just like going out walking with any walking group. I forgot to take my War Child Teeshirt, for the publicity shot. I’m obviously not a publicist! The main thing to me is that I raised the funds.

The walk ended at Duddle Door, which was stunning but full of tourists.




More information on walking the entire South West Coast Path including the Jurassic Coast can be found in this link.



https://jurassiccoast.orgComing up

My next walk is  (Yes again!!) East Dean to Seaford, I’m leading this for the South Bank Ramblers on June 8th. Please see Up and coming walks page for details.













The Turner Gallery- the Coast and Grayson Perry

April, the days are longer,it’s a good time for a little adventure

  I often visit Margate, but usually, it is hurried; as part of a longer walk. On this occasion, we actually spent some time in the town having a general amble around. The menu caters for most Peoples palates, the prices are reasonable, and the ambience is just right. It is situated opposite the Turner Gallery. I would recommend this café, I always go there when visiting. There are surely more great cafes I can sample.  Next time I will try something new.

The Harbour Café Bar Margate

A place that exists only in moonlight: Katie Paterson & JMW Turner at TheTurner Contemporary. Installation photography by Stephen White.

After lunch, we went over to the Turner Gallery to see what was on. They usually have free exhibitions on and we were pleased we saw the Katie Patterson exhibition.


picture of promotional poster

Night Stars and Moon

Looking out from the Harbour Bar at Margate

The lovely Margate harbour


The exhibition was mesmerising,a piano quietly tinkled in the background attributing to the magic that exists among the night-time stars.

After the exhibition, it was time to sample some of the Kent Ciders. I was especially taken with the marmalade cider suggested to me by the woman, working in a micro bar along the seafront. My next trip, I vow to sample more of the ciders.  Margate has tons of festivals and events; as well as micro-breweries. After a while gazing out to sea, we geared  ourselves up to carry on walking, along the seafront to Westgate;



 Since December I have been jogging around Brockwell Park weekly. As of yet, I have not managed further than 2.9 miles.

Walking from East Dean to Seaford a couple of weeks ago, the climbing seemed easier than I remembered.  The days are lighter and longer; so travelling further afield is easy. I’m back out, walking the distance, doing the walk.  It’s perfect to practice climbing the steep ascents and descents The Seven Sisters cliffs, and Seaford Nature Reserve; is a fantastic place to take exercise; as well as breathing in the fantastic views, wildlife and sea air.


 Running up and down the hills in Brockwell Park I feel would be boring. Yes, I could get super fit, that’s for sure, but that’s not my only goal in life. More on that later!

I had a day out in Bristol recently and was pleasantly surprised when I arrived.

When stepping off the coach. I was heartened to see the openness of the city, and how the river seemed to be at the heart of it.

 The green spaces give people a place to hang out, it felt stress-free! Maybe it was just in contrast to London. There were many cyclists, and with the central river and many bridges, it had a feel of being a bit like Amsterdam.

I must go back for another day trip. Down by the docks, there are numerous cafes, bars and restaurants. We found a great  table with a place to sit overlooking the river.

Past and Present

There are hardly any highrise buildings and the new buildings in the city merged well with the older style architecture.




The South Bank Group have some good walks this year.

I decided to do this instead of Eastbourne to Seaford.

We took the 9.30 train from Liverpool Street London, on the Norwich train it took about an hour to arrive at our starting point Manningtree.

As we arrived it didn’t look promising. All night long the weather had forecasted hurricanes. So when we were greeted by rain, my heart sunk a bit, but this eased off pretty quickly. All 30 of us walked through town and country, before stopping at The Strangers Home for a sit-down lunch.

Afterwards, we carried on along the estuary ending at Wrabness for a further 4 miles adding up to a 9.5-mile walk.



CURIOUS COWS, not seen a whole load of people walking before, obviously!

Very fast walkers they don’t stop for long!

It’s a wildlife out here!



On our way to Wrabness from Manningtree

I do like a beach hut


 A shrine to Essex


I had been keen to visit this house for some time, so I’m disappointed we didn’t get a chance to really stop and look at it. The walk had overrun, and it wasn’t possible on this occasion.

As we approached the house we were told to hurry up as we were going to miss the train.! We were in the middle of the country, therefore, would have waited an hour in the station for the next connection.

I had hoped we might be able to go inside but it is not a museum. There is a lottery you can join to get a chance to spend a weekend there.

There are figures of naked women all over the side, and the name Julie engraved on top of each figure.

A remote place for a strange house.



The walk to the house from Manningtree was mostly in the countryside, we also walked as 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.


Coming up in May 2019


 My Jurassic Coastal weekend for War Child is scheduled for the 10th of May, I intend to walk from Eastbourne to Seaford on Saturday, my last chance for a practice walk! 


Until then keep on keeping on. Please feel free to comment or share.







A week in politics is a very long time

Don McCullen at Tate Britain

After a week on a Unite Rep education course in North London ( A week in politics is a very long time), I left feeling tired but I am determined to follow through with learning more about workplace issues & what needs to be done. A bit like Brexit, the problems are not easy to solve. But Knowledge is power and teaming up with like-minded individuals is inspiring. I felt inspired by having visited an exhibition. A rare treat these days.

After my experience of the recent Don McCullen exhibition, I still have the images clear in my mind.

DM is well-known as a War Photographer which he hated as a title, as he sees himself as a human photographer. Someone who sees the person and feels their anguish. Some of the photographs are horrific they brought tears to my eyes. He covers most wars of the 21st century; Vietnam, Cyprus, Congo, Northern Ireland, to name a few. Be prepared to look at the photographs and the person/s humanity and pain. It’s not easy. 

He also photographed London and the North in the 1970s, in Black and white, the extreme poverty is blatantly clear. Some of the Northern Industrial landscape photographs are, nevertheless, stunning.

Remember the phrase, Don’t look away?




I started this meetup group in late October and have taken a few willing victims on my ad hoc walk!

My best walks in 2019

We start at Mornington Crescent, to pay homage to the once named Music Machine. The building hasn’t changed since the 1900s but it has since gone through several name changes. I prefer to remember it when it was The Music Machine and it was £3 to see 3 bands.! Koko, just doesn’t do it for me.! We then walk over to the old cigarette factory, with its marvelous art deco, and statues of Egyptian black cats. (The Carreras building, now offices ) Then we walk to a house where WALTER SICKERT’S rented a room and painted many of his paintings.

Sickert one of the Camden Artists, Collective, & a perfectly decent artist, his reputation is somewhat tainted, as he was accused by Crime fiction writer,  Patricia Cornwall as being Jack the Ripper. Recent evidence has suggested it was someone entirely different. Perhaps she should stick to fiction.

The walk carries on down  Parkway over to Grosvenor place & along Camden lock followed by a quick hike up to the top of Primrose Hill. After we admire the views of London and try to name the buildings in the summer haze,  we head back down to Chalk Farm to the Roundhouse and Camden Stables, where I talk briefly about the railway workers and the horse hospital.

Finally, a short walk up to the Fiddler’s Elbow, at the edge of Kentish Town, we take a brief look at the second-hand bookshop, we make our final part of the journey, to where the walk ends at Camden Market Hall. Camden has it all, but for now, I am putting in on hold, to get fit and prepared for my Jurassic Coast weekend


 A few pictures from my Camden Meet Up

mural of Amy Winehouse

AMY WINEHOUSE mural at Camden Market Entrance

camden lock

Along the canal the almost translucent mossy green walls. Make a good picture



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The Strap Line for my newly acquired, lightweight, waterproof walking shoes.  I have recently purchased these for my Jurassic Coast Weekend in May, and I’m breaking them in. Tomorrow I will return to my favorite walk, East Dean to Seaford, along the Seven Sisters, to get some practice in.

Keeping fit is the aim this month. I Have got to the point where I can jog 2.9 miles around Brockwell Park and aim to be fit for five miles by the end of the month.!  I can only try, as time is creeping up on me.

Also if I can squeeze in a bit of yoga to loosen up the old hamstrings! & not to forget to slot in a bit of upper body strengthening as advised by the physio for my RSS and shoulder pain.


Greenpeace Headquarters

A great day was had by all, where we learnt a lot and enjoyed the beautiful weather at  lunch time out in the backgarden.

picture of whitewashed window reflected in pond

Greenpeace Headquarters back garden


No more Business as usual. 



Picture of an additional work space in garden at Green Peace Headquarters


Greenpeace did a great presentation recently presenting Michael Gove a huge bottle made up of plastic bottles


 The Deposit Return Scheme works in other countries,

such as : Germany, Norway, Austria, and Estonia. It is a comprehensible solution to the excessive use of plastic bottles. Not only the chance to recycle, but to reuse, again and again. Unfortunately, some councils don’t want to support the scheme as they worry that they will lose money as they will have less plastic collected through their kerbside recycling system to sell.

The industry is also lobbying against the scheme. Seriously, loss of profit for business is not a good excuse. Greenpeace have provided me with information and I will follow through by taking a plastic bottle to my MP with the message to back DRS.


NEXT MONTH-The trials and tribulations of training for the Jurassic coast.

The Rite of Spring SEE spring 2018 to compare 





It’s Spring, it’s February in London

Off the cuff –

A walk through Ruskin Park

What a pleasure to finish work early, leaving at, with time for a gentle easy walk, home. I cut off from the forever busy Denmark Hill in  Camberwell into the magnificent Ruskin Park, strolling down to Herne Hill where I live.

picture of plants in walled garden

Beautiful faded winter  at the beginning of February 2019  in Ruskin Park

It was a welcome change to go on a couple of led walks this month.

Victorian Walking London Meet up Group

It’s been a while since I have kind of switched off my brain, and followed someone else. Indeed it was interesting to see how the two leaders, led their groups.  We all have our own style and set of experiences

The first walk I went on this month was with  The Victorian Walks meetup group. It was only 7 miles but it felt vital to get out and walk with a new group in an area I am unfamiliar with.

We started at Walthamstow Tube station. (there are two entrances) check which entrance to meet, and in a group of about 20 we headed off down the high street turning in at William Morris House, the only real part of the walk that had any Victorian theme!; then onto Lea Marshes,  a fairly flat and straightforward route, following along a canal & ending up in Hackney. It was windy and a bit grey but still worth the effort.

It was good to meet some different people in a different setting, and a few of us ended up having a few drinks at the end.

The second walk I went on was with a fellow member of The South Bank Group.

pic of water tap feature garden

Water tap feature in St John’s museum garden

A historical look into the revolutionaries of Clerkenwell

A three hour guided tour in and around Farringdon and Clerkenwell. Led by Artist Martin Fiddler, I was the backmarker on this occasion; herding the group, who kept drifting into the road or straggling behind taking pictures.

It’s a fascinating historical area and the second time I have attended this walk/tour. Exclusive to South Bank Ramblers only.!

Discovering plants & the Natural World.

One of my recent growing interests is in the natural world, this has grown alongside my love of walking & discovering new places.

I often take photographs of plants that catch my eye, but I’m not always able to identify them. Writing a blog and publishing online, it is essential that I name my photographs. Knowing what they are called is even more useful!.




 Talking about photographs, last year I was somewhat befuddled on a couple of occasions and managed to lose a couple of I phones.  I have already given myself a good talking to and taken penance; in many a teetotal night as a punishment. To be fair, some of the more stressful events of last year weren’t helped by drinking alcohol, it’s a bit like adding fuel to fire. Having a break from it all has felt like a much-needed rest.

I will be stuck with the I phone 5 until September.

The I phone 6 took great pictures. I’m sure the I phone 7 or 8 will be even better. I need to negotiate a deal for my next camera /phone. I’ve given up on buying a camera, as they are too bulky when out walking.

Picture of plants in Camberwell The Grove

Plants poking through the railings. Camberwell, The Grove.


pic of crocus blooming

Crocus have their time out in Camberwell, The Grove



 I started a Meet Up Group towards the end of last year. Staying in with the theme of my blog, I called it I can’t explain my feet ad hoc walks. Introducing Urban Led Walks in London. My first one started in Mornington Crescent, and around Camden, Primrose Hill, Chalk farm area.

What if it all goes terribly wrong?!

Cartoon image of confused person1

I have done this twice now and as yet have the Brixton to Chelsea walk to introduce.  There is a problem in Meet Up groups in that people seem keen to join but then drop out. The verdict is still out about whether to carry on with this.

I have also joined up with Victorian London Walkers as a walk leader.

I had been studying a bit about Camden in the 1900s for my own walk and figured I could somehow incorporate some Victorian History into my Camden walk. Victorian London can be seen in the architecture; all over Camden, the old pubs, and theatres. Camden was unscathed during ‘the war’; apart from a bit of the tube station.!



I have reached my goal and raised the £550 for Warchild so  I will be walking the Jurassic Coast over 2 days in May. My priority is to build up my fitness gradually. I want to get in at least three strenuous walks before then. Equally, important is getting rest in between


As always, until the end of next month, keep on keeping on


London Cemeteries

 West Norwood Cemetery

Perhaps the least known, but most attractive, of the great Victorian Cemeteries of London.

It is one of the seven great Victorian cemeteries established in a ring around the outskirts of London. Within the cemetery you will see examples of the magnificent monuments erected in memory of the most eminent citizens of the day, which contrast sharply with the small, simple headstones marking common, or public, burials.

It’s formal avenue of towering limes and the Gothic gloom of the original Victorian planting gives way to paths which recall the country lanes of a bygone era


Entrance to the Victorian Cemetery, on a bleak cold morning.


Friends of West Norwood Cemetery 

The friends are a charity run by volunteers who aim to increase the publics knowledge and appreciation of the Cemetery. They hold general tours on the first Sunday of every month, & host special themed tours during the summer; as well they host meetings with talks during the winter. There are further details in their programme of events.Additionally The charity raise funds for conservation work, and encourage other organisations and individuals to make contributions. It is surprising how much information is on their website and I would encourage people to take a look, using the link below.




I have two aims this year : one is to get fit for The Jurassic Coast Challenge, and the other to lead a few walks in London.




Lunch time walks

In between my work demands and job hunting, I have to maintain some sort of exercise.  A new workout came about at a moment of extreme agitation, and I had to get out of the office to get some air. This has now become one of my regular extended lunch time walks

 I figured out, that if  I walked extremely briskly up Camberwell Grove (up and down is usually about 30 mins) I could just make it to   the massive sainsburys in Dog Kennell Hill. Although this is dooable, it is tight.

 I can then dash over to the sandwich bar  near the entrance and pick up something quickly.

Not something I want to do every day; as well the store does not have a great selection of sandwiches left by the time I get there around 1.50pm. It is a great way to  get rid of those office chains and can be done in  about 42 minutes, my lunch break is 45 minutes!


The 30 minute version is also a good little walk, up and down The Grove through the alleys, as long as I have brought something in for lunch.



Pimlico to Worlds End





After my jog round Brockwell Park, I went home to attend to a couple of things, then got ready to go back out to meet a friend at The Tate Pimlico. We walked from Pimlico along the river  by the Embankment to Worlds End & then  had a general walk about the Kings Road, including a visit to Chelsea library and a few shops. At the end of the day my output was a 6.5 miles walk on top of my run, so not bad for a Sunday stroll.

Hungry Seagulls coming in-land for food

Seagulls along the embankment


Sun blocked behind building, walking towards Worlds End!


Waterlow Park near Highgate cemetery

We just missed the tour at The Highgate Cemetery, so we will be saving that outing for another clear dry day!  Instead we had the shortest walk ever round Waterlow Park. I had done a jog in Brockwell Park earlier in the day, so after my uphill walk from Archway to Highgate, I wasn’t too put out to miss the walking tour. It was getting dark and raining.  That’s winter for you.










Until next time

Keep at it, whatever it is. I’m feeling a little excited about February. This is a rare occurrence admittedly but I can see some light at the end of the tunnel. I’m half way to my target to raise funds for War Child, see below for details.