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Inspiring Places: Malvern Hills

‘There is no more English spot in all England, and few more beautiful’. Bernard Levin ‘If ever after I’m dead you hear someone whistling this tune on the Malvern Hills, don’t be alarmed, it’s only me.’ Edward Elgar ‘A unique crow’s nest of ancient rock.’ Geoffrey Grigson KEY DATA Terrain: Steep ascent at start; begin […]

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Laugharne: Dylan Thomas

 ‘The funny thing is I find myself going back again and again’ KEY DATA Terrain: easy Starting point: Laugharne Castle car park, SA33 4SF Distance: 6.1 kms (3.8 miles) Walking time: 1 hr 50 mins OS Map: 177. The map can be viewed online at https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/route/10038750/Laugharne-Dylan-Thomas  Facilities: shops, pub, toilets DYLAN THOMAS (1914-1953) We tend to think […]

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Kilburn, London: Zadie Smith

‘Where else could a writer hope to meet the whole world within a one-mile radius?’ KEY DATA Terrain: Pavements, steep hills Starting point: Queen’s Park, NW6. Nearest tube Brondesbury Park. Distance: 8.5 km (5.3 miles) Walking time: 2 hrs 29 mins OS Map: can be found online at https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/route/9936654/Kilburn-London-Zadie-Smith Facilities: Pubs, cafés ZADIE SMITH (1975- Zadie Smith […]

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Heptonstall, West Yorkshire: Ted Hughes

‘A naturally evolved local organism, like a giant protozoa’ ‘These early years anchored both of us up there for life’ KEY DATA Terrain: Hilly & boggy in places Starting point: New Bridge Car Park, Midgehole, HX7 7AL Distance: Stage I: 4.7 kms (3 miles); Stage II: 7.4 kms (4.7 miles) Walking time: Stage I: 1hr […]

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Marsden, West Yorkshire: Simon Armitage

‘My bedroom window in that house still operates as a lens and framing device’ ‘A border area where habitation meets the uninhabitable’ KEY DATA Terrain: pavement and rugged moor on well-defined paths Starting point: Old Mount St, HD7 6DX Distance: 9.9 kms (6.2 miles) Walking time: 3 hrs 10mins OS Map: OL21: South Pennines. The map can […]

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Eastwood, Nottinghamshire: DH Lawrence

 ‘The Country of My Heart’  KEY DATA Terrain: modest hills Starting point: DH Lawrence Birthplace Museum, 8a Victoria St, Eastwood, NG16 3AW Distance:  13kms (8 miles) Walking time:  3 ¼ hours OS Map: OS Explorer 260. This map can also be found online at: https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/route/9864733/Eastwood-Nottinghamshire-DH-Lawrence Facilities: All facilities in Eastwood DH LAWRENCE (1885-1930) ‘I was born […]

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Broadstairs, Kent: Charles Dickens

‘You cannot think how delightful and fresh the place is and how good the walks’ KEY DATA Terrain: paved Starting point: Broadstairs Harbour Car Park, CT10 1EU Distance:  1.4 kms (0.9 miles) Walking time: 25 mins (15 if you’re Dickens) Map: Can be found online at: https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/route/9633303/Broadstairs-Kent-Charles-Dickens Facilities: All CHARLES DICKENS (1812-1870) The life and works of […]

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Inspiring Places: Lindisfarne (The Holy Island), Northumberland

‘As the tide ebbs and flows, this place is surrounded twice daily by the waves of the sea like an island and twice, when the shore is left to dry, it becomes again attached to the mainland.’ Saint Bede, 8th century KEY DATA Terrain: You can only cross by foot at low tide! Follow the […]

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Akenfield (Charsfield) Suffolk: Ronald Blythe

‘A natural conversation’ KEY DATA Terrain: flat Starting point: St Peter’s Church, Charsfield (IP13 7QB) Distance: 6.9 kms (4.3 miles) Walking time: 1 hr 50 mins OS Map: OS Explorer 212. The map can be found online at: https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/route/9621468/Akenfield-Charsfield-Suffolk-Ronald-Blythe Facilities: none RONALD BLYTHE (1922- Ronald Blythe was born in Suffolk and came from generations of East Anglian […]

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The Vale of Clwyd & Offa’s Dyke: Gerard Manley Hopkins

 ‘The true Arcadia of wild beauty’ ‘Always to me the Mother of Muses’ KEY DATA Terrain: hilly, several ups and downs Starting point: Tremeirchion, Saint Asaph, LL17 0UN Distance: 9 kms (6.8 miles) Walking time: 3 hrs 35 mins OS Map: OS Explorer 265. The map can also be found online at: https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/route/9615306/The-vale-of-Clwyd-Offas-Dyke-Gerard-Manley-Hopkins Facilities: Salusbury […]

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