Taking the train from London Euston I had a quiet carriage front facing seat, which was a good start. The train was heading to Glasgow & was packed. As the train took off I reminded myself that I must go to Glasgow for a weekend. I have been meaning to go to the yearly Celtic Festival hosted there every January; the live broadcast of various gigs on Radio 3 every year, is as close as I’ve got to it.
I think I would like to keep going. Just keep moving on -from one place to the next. Continue reading →
Navigating a 8 mile walk somewhere around Berwick Sussex & The Devils Punch Bowl
In my previous blog, I mentioned I was going to try & learn some new walks. True to my words, I went off armed with some printed instructions & headed towards Berwick Station East Sussex to meet a walking ‘buddy’
Getting to know Berwick in Sussex
Arriving at Victoria early was fine, but I missed my connection from Brighton to Berwick. I had a vague memory of the area. My first walk with the South Bank Ramblers covered this area. Consequently I was late & the pouring rain looked set to continue for the rest of the day. Luckily there was a café/pub right next to the station at Berwick, so we could have a coffee & plan what to do.
Like a lot of new ventures you have to try more than once to make it a success.
My walking companion had a good grasp of reading a map so I happily let her take the lead. I had taken the initiative to organise the walk, but the rain and me being late meant we had to cut it short. I was grateful to her having an ordnance survey map and being able to read it. Miraculously the rain stopped within five minutes of us starting the walk and then poured down again about five minutes before we finished.
Despite the fact we only clocked up just under five miles, we walked over dry hard fields, lumpy ground and such. My legs the following day; ankles, feet & calf’s in particular were painful. My feet are usually the problem and they were throbbing like mad having worn the boots from 8am to 8pm . I’m obviously going to have to wear them in.
Tom will purchase your tickets and lead the walk. It’s a good way to get to know areas and meet people. 40 minutes outside of London from Waterloo we were in Haslemere.
It was a perfect Autumn day for a ten-mile hike along the Greensand Way to The Devil’s Punch Bowl on the borders of the South Downs National Park.
Caterpillar at the Devils Punch Bowl, beautiful colours, so vibrant.
We enjoyed beautiful views across the Bowl’s natural amphitheatre before climbing out the other side to see even further from the second highest point in Surrey. Along the way visiting the Sailor’s Stone and discover its gruesome history, before finishing the walk at a lovely pub a few minutes from the train station.
By the by I like to get inspired through reading.
I finished reading Bill Bryson comical journal about travelling today in the UK, and felt inspired to keep on writing about my days out and walking adventures.
Neil Roberston (my uncle) sent me this link regarding magic mushrooms!
Disappointed that Southern Railways haven’t got their act together yet. Not sure what’s going on with them exactly, but I went onto their website and tried about 5 times to book a ticket to Bishopstone near Lewes, for a 12 mile walk. If someone has hacked their website it’s not that surprising -but- please sort it out! The ticket office at Herne Hill was closed on Saturday & usually get a good price ticket from them. Buying from the ticket machine would cost about £26, but £17.50 on line. I gave up in the end, and opted out. I’m not happy about having missed a walk but will have to make up for it some other way.
I am planning some new walks, & have found another South Bank Walker who has agreed to try out some walks with me around the Lewes area. I have finally bought a new printer & scanner which means I can scan & email the routes to her and we can get out in the Autumn. It is about time to start planning some new adventures. I have booked for a week in the Lake District in Autumn. The last time I was near that area in Penrith was the Blue Moon Festival, and we all took some illegal substances, I can’t remember the details but it was either acid or magic mushrooms, and everything was either totally hilarious or really scary.! That was a long time ago. I do remember it being a very pretty area though and Keswick was/is a popular tourist , so it will good to revisit the area.
Revisiting old places
I’m pleased to say that I revisited the Chelsea Physic Gardens recently, I had mentioned it when talking on the Robert Elms Show on BBC LONDON a couple of weeks ago. I bravely volunteered to present my ideal day out in London on the radio ( a regular feature on his Saturday show) and the Physic Gardens was my first port of call.
Chelsea Physic Gardens
SIR HANS SLOANE originally from Northern Ireland founder of the Chelsea Physic Gardens.
I often walk to Chelsea as it’s not a bad walk from Brixton. I had family over last weekend & took them to visit.
The Garden has been running talks throughout the summer on the subject of scents. It was a coincidence that one of the women who came on my Seven Sisters Walk was there as a tour leader & led a large group around the garden explaining the origins and different sections of plants from all over the world. It is hard to retain all the information about the history and use of plants for medicinal & other uses such as perfume and some cosmetics. So I can only recommend to try it for yourself.
With some free time planned off from work, it was a bit of trial and error as to how to plan a little West Coast UK Trip on the 24/6/2016.
Having bought advanced tickets for the P J Harvey Gig at the Eden Project, and a brother living in Torquay, we were trying to get a few days down the coast in before the gig. We managed to get to Taunton after about 7 hours from London, heading towards Somerset on the weekend of Glastonbury in torrential rain, and long queues made for a tedious journey. Added were the thoughts of what might happen now ‘Britain had spoke ‘and voted to get OUT of Europe. I could not believe it. I was not feeling very optimistic.
Stopping at Taunton for a night with enough time for a meal and a couple of drinks,we enjoyed a little walkabout in town which was very quiet. There was a sweet little park and the town was quite smart but not a lot happening.!
A sculpture in public Garden Taunton
The next day heading for Exeter for some shopping & a browse round some of the side streets, vintage shop. We stopped for a brilliant ploughman’s lunch at a cafe ( will blog that later) on the green facing the cathedral,then down to Torquay for some evening sun and a couple of drinks.
After a night at Torquay, the next day the rain started again so that put a dampener on our plans to camp near Sennen Cove. Somewhat despondent we stopped at a dismal pub on the road to nowhere to be presented with the worst sandwich in the world. I actually took it back. Something I have never done before. But when it comes to food, I wasn’t having it! If Pret A Manger can produce really good quality sandwiches daily so can a pub.
I have a soft spot for Penzance. It being situated near Lands End, a lively town with easy access to some lovely beaches and fishing ports nearby. We were lucky to get a B & B at the last-minute. The people down there are extremely friendly and helpful,
On way to Sennen Cove
After a night in Penzance we made our way to Sennen for a quick dip in the sea, which was freezing. Then headed up to the Eden Project for a night of camping for the gig. I haven’t camped in about 15 years, so it was somewhat apprehensive.
EDEN PROJECT ST AUSTELL CORNWELL
Despite the ups and downs of the last few days I wasn’t disappointed with the gig.
The cocktails were obviously stronger than I realised, I was convinced my superb photography skills would produce some stunning shots of PJ Harvey. Alas all I got was the backs of people’s heads and a black void with a few shapes..Hope these pics will do you.
PJ Harvey gig at Glastonbury is available on BBC I PLAYER for another few weeks.
PJ HARVEY and her band have moved to another level, this isn’t really the place to write a music review but the set they played was really well choreographed and delivered a range of songs from two recent albums. It was extremely moving. She has matured into a slick and cool performer. I was entranced.
Have a listen to the apt named Let England shake track from one of her albums.
Let England shake – PJ Harvey
There’s a really well written review of the gig worth reading follow this link.
I LIKE THIS GREEN SHAPE IN THE DARK AT THE EDEN PROJECT
It’s been emotional lately and it’s a must to get out of London as much as possible and in particular to get out and walk. I have two or three planned for July and somehow finding time to develop my other website Juliecanblog . I haven’t got a time schedule or deadline on this but possibly by the end of this year.
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I managed to get out on a mid-week 11 mile walk last week to Hastings through the vast country park
South Bank Walkers taking it in their stride.
Walking at a pace
Hastings has a massive country park and it’s been a while since I had done a walk with a group. I have still to devise a few more new walks. I followed the leader this walk. He didn’t lie when he said it was brisk. I don’t mind walking miles but I like to stop a bit, to take in the views . If I had been leading it I would have wanted to start in the town had lunch there and then start the climbing.This walk was pretty much pounding furiously by-passing the town and straight up to the cliffs and into the woods.Once we got out of the woods it was refreshing to have the open space and views.
Beautiful – Changing sky at Hastings
Heading back to Hastings over the cliffs.
It seemed to be over before it begun and I decided not to follow the leader back to the station at 4pm and just have a little wonder along the beach and watched the seagulls fishing!
British Summer Time
Summer doesn’t last long enough in the UK I wonder how we would be if it was summer all year? But British summer that is-so that would include summer rain instead of winter rain and it would stay light all year round?! How different it would be. I don’t feel that it’s my favourite season but I always feel I have to make the most of a sunny day, but then so do thousands of others, so it’s difficult to go to a beach or a pool without half the world showing up!.
Southern Trains continue to provide the worlds worst service. Luckily I don’t commute into London, but getting anywhere on southern trains is a bit hit and miss these days. Another strike due next week. I had a walk ‘pencilled’ in this thursday around Southampton, I Considered the amount of projects I wanted to catch up with & the trains and unpredictable weather then decided to give it a miss.
LONDON – OH LONDON!
Sometimes you just want to walk about and I Have been doing a lot of that in London. Even just deviating a bit from the beaten track and you can feel like a tourist but away from the main hub.
The back of Victoria around Pimlico
Catching the sunset over Lambeth Bridge walking towards Vauxhall
Never mind Waterloo Sunset ! Look at Lambeth sunset. After a few drinks in Victoria (magic)
Just to keep it all in perspective , I’d like to finish it here with a nifty little tune from Wire ….. about blogging. !