Saturday 22nd September 2018
Back in mid-June I'd promised myself, I'd delay my Summer Solstice walk for just a few days because I had to work. Well, I kept my promise and now, at last, I'm doing my Summer Solstice walk… the day before the Autumn Equinox.
Yeah, it's been a strange Summer. Traveling around Britain the heat and drought have clearly brought Autumn early, but not evenly. For weeks now the profusion of fruit, seeds, and nuts in the hedgerows have been shouting the approach of Autumn, and perhaps an equally hard Winter to come.
Kings Sutton station, Walton Grounds, Aynhoe Park, Souldern, Tusmore, Croughton, Charlton – 18.5km/11½ miles, 290m/950ft, 5 hours
Thursday 16th August 2018
Another short deadline problem. "It's OK", I thought, "I'll get it done and then go for a walk." Before I realised nine weeks had flown by in an instant. Nine weeks, slaved to the digital machine, looking at the ever-changing countryside from the office window.
Banbury, Crouch Hill, Giant's Caves, Banbury – 7.7km/4⅘ miles, 120m/400ft, 1⅚ hours
Monday 11th June 2018
Quaker Advices and Queries has an interesting paragraph, stating that you should come to meeting even when you are tired and spiritually cold. I think walking is the same. Everything about today makes it a silly day for a walk, but there is no time like the present. And yes, it was difficult, but at the same time unexpectedly rewarding.
Bus to Brackley Market Place, Evenley, Mixbury, Mosseycorner Lane, Turweston, Brackley – 14.2km/8⅘ miles, 190m/600ft, 5 hours