Walking

My other great love

I can think of no better antidote to the stresses of life than a day out in the countryside. Just me, my camera, fresh air and the space to unwind and think. And there's a certain primeval satisfaction about walking along a cliff top with the wind howling and screaming around you.
This page will have a collection of some of my favourite walks. Not all of them require you to be super-fit and capable of doing 15 miles in a day; there will be some shorter strolls as well. Apart from brief commentaries, there are photos, map and guidebook information, track logs and public transport details (useful if, like me, you don't like retracing your steps.
The track logs have been edited slightly. Because I tend to pause a lot to admire the view or to take photographs, the raw logs can be rather disjointed with numerous stops and starts. I have edited out all of the halts and given an idea of the minimum time required if I had done the walk non-stop.


Cambridgeshire Waterbeach to Cambridge Waterbeach to Ely

Essex Burnham on Crouch Burnham on Crouch to North Fambridge
Mersea Island Mistley to Manningtree Purfleet to Grays
St Osyth to Clacton Thorpe le Soken to Walton on the Naze Tollesbury to Maldon
Walton on the Naze to Frinton on Sea Wivenhoe to Brightlingsea  

Grand Union Canal Blisworth to Flore Flore to Long Buckby
Leighton Buzzard to Tring Limehouse Basin to Paddington Basin Stoke Bruerne
Tring to Hemel Hempstead Uxbridge to Rickmansworth Yelvertoft to Long Buckby

Hertfordshire Hertford to Broxbourne Sawbridgeworth to Roydon

Isle of Wight Freshwater to Tennyson Down  

Kent Kemsley to Swale Margate to Broadstairs
Margate to Herne Bay Ramsgate to Broadstairs Wye to Chartham

New Forest Ashurt to Brockenhurst via Minstead Ashurt to Brockenhurst
Beaulieu to Brockenhurst Beaulieu Road to Brockenhurst Holbury to Blackfield
Ringwood to Brockenhurst    

Norfolk Cantley to Great Yarmouth Great Yarmouth to Acle

North Downs Box Hill Cranleigh to Holmwood

Northumbria High Newton to Alnmouth Lynemouth to Amble
Warkworth to Alnmouth    

South West Coast Path
I have an ambition to walk the entire path (piecemeal rather than in one go). In the meantime:
Budleigh Salterton to Exmouth Colaton Raleigh common
Exmouth to Exton Shell Bay to Swanage Sidmouth to Budleigh Salterton

Sussex Amberley to Arundel Eastbourne to Exceat Bridge
East Grinstead to Kingscote Newhaven to Exceat Bridge  

Thames Path
Another long-distance route that, thanks to easy accessibility by public transport, can be tackled piecemeal:
Bourne End to Henley Culham to Oxford
Hampton Court to Kingston Richmond to Kingston Staines to Windsor
Windsor to Bourne End    

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Cambridgeshire [ Waterbeach to Cambridge | Waterbeach to Ely ] Essex [ Burnham on Crouch | Burnham on Crouch to North Fambridge | Mersea Island | Mistley to Manningtree | Purfleet to Grays | St Osyth to Clacton | Thorpe le Soken to Walton on the Naze | Tollesbury to Maldon | Walton on the Naze to Frinton on Sea | Wivenhoe to Brightlingsea ] Grand Union canal [ Blisworth to Flore | Flore to Long Buckby | Leighton Buzzard to Tring | Limehouse Basin to Paddington Basin | Stoke Bruerne | Tring to Hemel Hempstead | Uxbridge to Rickmansworth | Yelvertoft to Long Buckby ] Hertfordshire [ Hertford to Broxbourne | Sawbridgeworth to Roydon ] Isle of Wight [ Freshwater to Tennyson Down ] Kent [ Kemsley to Swale | Margate to Broadstairs | Margate to Herne Bay | Ramsgate to Broadstairs | Wye to Chartham ] New Forest [ Ashurt to Brockenhurst via Minstead | Ashurt to Brockenhurst | Beaulieu to Brockenhurst | Beaulieu Road to Brockenhurst | Holbury to Blackfield | Ringwood to Brockenhurst ] Norfolk [ Cantley to Great Yarmouth | Great Yarmouth to Acle ] North Downs [ Box Hill | Cranleigh to Holmwood ] Northumbria [ High Newton to Alnmouth | Lynemouth to Amble | Warkworth to Alnmouth ] South-West Coast Path [ Budleigh Salterton to Exmouth | Colaton Raleigh common | Exmouth to Exton | Shell Bay to Swanage | Sidmouth to Budleigh Salterton ] Sussex [ Amberley to Arundel | Eastbourne to Exceat Bridge | East Grinstead to Kingscote | Newhaven to Exceat Bridge ] Thames Path [ Bourne End to Henley | Culham to Oxford | Hampton Court to Kingston | Richmond to Kingston | Staines to Windsor | Windsor to Bourne End ]


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