Walks

Slad, Gloucestershire: Laurie Lee

‘All my beginnings were hatched into this very compact series of narrow, brief valleys, which are like seed pods.’ KEY DATA Terrain: Hills and fields Starting point: The War Memorial, Slad (GL6 7QD) Distance: 8.3 kms (5.2 miles) Walking time: 2 hrs 53 mins OS Map: OS Explorer 80. The map can also be found at […]

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Isle of Jura, Argyll and Bute: George Orwell

 ‘An extremely un-get-atable place’ ‘The walks are wonderful’  KEY DATA Terrain: boggy in places, potentially unforgiving weather Starting point: Road End (Jura bus from Craighouse); or water taxi to Kinuachdrachd. Sturdy bicycles are also an option for proceeding north from Road End Distance: 2 km (11.4 miles) return Walking time: 5 hr 28 mins (return) […]

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Inspiring Places: The River Cam, Cambridge

‘In Arcadia’; ‘That was our place’ KEY DATA Terrain: easy going Starting point: Trumpington Park & Ride, 43 Hauxton Rd, CB2 9FT (take bus into city centre first, then return here on foot from Byron’s Pool via Consort Avenue Distance:7 km (4.2 miles) Time: 1 hr 45 mins OS Map: OS Explorer 209. Map can […]

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Helpston, Cambridgeshire: John Clare

‘Everything about the place, in fact, which made it precisely this place, and not that one, was forgotten’ KEY DATA Terrain: no contours, excellent paths Starting point: Woodgate, Helpston (PE6 7ED) Distance: 6 km (4.1 miles) Time: 1hr 42 mins OS Map: Explorer 235. The map can also be found at https://explore.osmaps.com/en/route/10644761/Helpston-Cambridgeshire-John-Clare Facilities: Pub, village shop […]

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Zennor & St Ives, Cornwall: DH Lawrence & Virginia Woolf

KEY DATA Terrain: Substantial ups & downs on coast path, firm going Starting point: Albert Rd, St Ives, TR26 2EH Distance: 17.8 km (11. 1 miles) Time: 5 hrs 45 mins OS Map: OS Explorer 102. The map can also be found online at https://explore.osmaps.com/en/route/10642080/Zennor–St-Ives-Cornwall-DH-Lawrence–Virginia-Woolf- Facilities: Hotels, restaurants, pubs, shops, toilets DH LAWRENCE ‘When we came over […]

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Ayot St Lawrence, Hertfordshire: George Bernard Shaw

‘Walk! Not bloody likely!’ SHAW’S CORNER Shaw’s Corner was George Bernard Shaw’s home for over 40 years, from 1906 to his death in 1950; and because he left his estate to the National Trust, much of the house is preserved just as he left it, making it easy to imagine his life there. The house […]

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Greenway House, Dart Estuary, Devon: Agatha Christie

‘It is a beautiful place,’ said Poirot. ‘A beautiful house, beautiful grounds. It has about it a great peace, great serenity.’ KEY DATA Terrain: easy going Starting point: Churston station, Galmpton, TQ5 0LL Distance:7 km (5.4 miles) Walking time: 2 hours OS Map: OS Explorer 20. A map can also be found online at https://explore.osmaps.com/en/route/10596285/Greenway-House-Devon-Agatha-Christie […]

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Chawton Cottage, Hampshire: Jane Austen

‘Our Chawton home, how much we find Already in it to our mind; And how convinced that when complete It will all other houses beat That ever have been made or mended With rooms concise or rooms distended’ KEY DATA Terrain: flat but potentially muddy across fields Starting point: Jane Austen House Museum, GU34 1SD […]

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Lake District, Coniston Water: Swallows & Amazons

Lake District, Coniston Water: Swallows & Amazons  ‘All the places in the books are to be found, but not arranged quite as the ordnance maps’ KEY DATA Terrain: steep in places Starting point: Coniston Pier, Lake Rd (LA21 8AN) Distance: 8 km (8.6 miles) Walking time: 4 hrs 25 mins OS Map: OL7: English Lakes. […]

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Lyme Regis Cobb, Dorset: Jane Austen & John Fowles

‘Show me the exact place where Louisa Musgrove fell!’ KEY DATA Terrain: careful with your footing on the Cobb – you wouldn’t want to be going the way of Louisa after all! Starting point:  Cobb Gate Car Park, Marine Parade, Lyme Regis DT7 3QD Facilities: Toilets, pub Best time of year: November for Persuasion, but […]

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