5th November 2014
If you only walk in the day you're missing 50% of the possible experience! (especially where wildlife is concerned). A few times a year I like to do a night walk. However, today wasn't intended. I'd slid so much on Northamptonshire mud all day that I was running late, and running out of light. The sun had set as I left Wardington. At Williamscot twilight was coming on. At Slat Mill I was thinking about retrieving my head torch from my pack, but I'd quite forgotten the full moon, and it lit me home.
4th January 2015
Why would you go for a countryside walk on a damp, foggy day? Well, precisely because it's a damp foggy day. You see things you otherwise would never experience in fine weather…
To see the world in a dew drop is a wonder to see.
20th January 2016
Walking whatever the weather can have its own rewards, if you can be bothered to find them. It was a frosty night. Going out before dawn the air was clear, but as dawn approached a thick mist rose up, blanketing all around along Salt Way. On a chance, I change my route and climbed to the top of Bretch Hill. This scene was the result; Crouch Hill is an island in a sea of dawn mist.
29th April 2016
With the construction of HS2 to commence shortly just 6 miles from Banbury, infrastructure is a bit of a sore point locally. Thing is we already has a railway that goes from London direct to the north passing through this area. It's still largely intact – just not used! Catesby tunnel and viaduct are such examples of how we throw money at grand schemes while serviceable infrastructure rots.
2nd February 2013
Just a quick "walk around the block" before dinner – four or so miles in an hour and then home. This was the result. It amazed me that there were so many people passing Bloxham Grove at this moment who missed this. At least the old couple stopped to look; the joggers just passed-by.
12th September 2014
A bus to Radway and then walk home. The first thing you tackle is the climb of Edgehill – where the English fight each other! (not just pubs on a Friday night). Rolling down the Vale of Feldon your eye is stopped by Ilmington Down, the highest point in the South Midlands. And on a clear day you can see as far as the Titterstone Clee – 60 miles to the west-northwest.
5th November 2014
This picture in is the middle of the route of HS2. Whether that's the reason or not – the hope that the contractors might solve his disposal problem for free – the local farmer has been dumping old vehicles here for a number of years. And so the lorry waits, subdued by nature, waiting to be cleared for HS2.
30th November 2016
I needed a cover photo for a publication about USAF Croughton that I'm writing. I had an idea – and consulted a map and my astronomical calculator to find the answer. On this day, from Rainsborough Camp, the sun would rise behind the site. I wasn't disappointed; giant, menacing puffballs looming in the mist.
26th April 2016
It had been a blustery day, with just a few light showers. As the muddy field-paths were slowing me down, I did a left turn from the ridge at Mollington down into Cropredy to follow the easier canal tow-path home. Passing Cropredy, the storm that had been threatening was winding up again – with two huge 'anvils' of cloud meeting in the sky in front of me. With only ten minutes until I reached home I got wet!
19th December 2014
Another quick turn "around the block" before diner – out to Drayton via Withycombe Farm and then back down the mineral railway. The setting sun, the mist and the bare trees made it an atmospheric late afternoon. In orange light, with calling birds, Drayton Arch looked very Gothic.