Saturday 25 June: Milford to Godalming

This was nearly the perfect walk – beautiful countryside, three refreshment stops &, apart from an hour after lunch, lovely weather. After an hour we stopped for a drink at the Merry Harriers at Hambledon, then we continued through pleasantly undulating woodland to the White Horse at Hascombe where there was a classic village green with large pond for the sandwich-eaters & a wonderfully decorated church. After the lunch stop we were a little moistened but we made it to Winkworth Arboretum where some of us -well, Harriet & Irene – indulged in a National Trust ice cream & the weather cleared to give us a lovely afternoon. The rest of the walk was through light woodland & summer fields with grazing rabbits, all very peaceful, & the only thing to mar the perfection was a wedding at the canal café just before Godalming so we missed making this a Four refreshment stop walk. We coped maturely with the disappointment & continued along beside the canal to Godalming. Everyone except Sunita & Harriet took the first train but we went into town & found an excellent café so for us it was the perfect Four refreshment stop walk.

Harriet

 

Saturday 18 June: Icknield Way Stage 4 – Baldock to Royston (Herts)

Thirteen walkers turned out for stage four of the Icknield Way on Saturday. I decided to skip a couple of miles of road walking from Letchworth and start at Baldock, so cutting the distance from 14 miles to a more manageable 12. The weather was coolish so good for walking, though a little chilly for sitting around.
We started down Baldock’s impressive high street, passing an enormous Tesco with an unusual Art Deco façade. We headed north east on a gently undulating route through poppy fields, soon Continue reading Saturday 18 June: Icknield Way Stage 4 – Baldock to Royston (Herts)

Spring Bank Holiday in South West Ireland

An impressive 32 made their way to Killarney where we stayed in several B&B’s. It’s a small town and, as the gateway to the ring of Kerry and the lakes, is  given over to  tourism. The main streets are very lively with dozens of bars and restaurants and throngs of visitors from all over the world. There’s music everywhere,  in bars and hotels and also from street performers. We particularly enjoyed a Scottish busker, complete with golden wig, who had a scurrilous song about Donald Trump to the tune of the Boxer.

As usual there were two levels of walks arranged over the three days. Sandra suggested that those doing the longer walks be called Hikers, and those doing the shorter ones, Strollers. Continue reading Spring Bank Holiday in South West Ireland

Sunday 5 June: Capital Ring Sections 11 and 12 with the London Blind Ramblers

What a lovely day for a walk! After all that wintry weather we’d had in the previous week it was a joy to be out in the sunshine. All together we were 24 blind and sighted walkers and Paris, a black labrador.  Beforehand I was worried that the parks would be heaving with people but on the morning walk the parks, green spaces and woods as we wended our way along our route were not that busy apart from occasional tennis players, quite a few dogs and their owners and chatting pushchair couples. Continue reading Sunday 5 June: Capital Ring Sections 11 and 12 with the London Blind Ramblers

AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND IN THE YORKSHIRE DALES

Friday 26th – Tuesday 30 August.  Four nights in B&B accommodation in the market town of Skipton, gateway to the Yorkshire Dales.

Walks to include one or more of the Yorkshire Three Peaks – Whernside, Pen-y-ghent and Ingleborough.  Opportunities to visit the famous village of Malham, stroll along the Leeds and Liverpool canal, visit Skipton Castle and the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway.  Travel by train from London to Skipton ( 3½ hours changing at Leeds).

Further bookings are subject to availability due to lack of affordable accommodation in the town.  If you would like to come but have not yet paid a deposit please contact the organiser gillian.swan@dsl.pipex.com as soon as possible to see if any more rooms are available.  Single rooms and also twin rooms are in very short supply.

Photo: View from Skipton Moor.  John Winterbottom. CC ASA 2.0 Generic