England

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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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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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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Birmingham, West Midlands: J. R. R. Tolkien

Birmingham, West Midlands: J. R. R. Tolkien ‘I took the idea of the hobbits from the village people and children.’ KEY DATA Terrain: Pavement and nature reserve tracks Starting point: Sarehole Mill, Cole Bank Rd, B13 0BD Distance: 6 km (1 mile) Walking time: ½ hour OS Map: The map can also be found online […]

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Inspiring Places: Oxford, Oxfordshire

‘Sweet city with her dreaming spires’ WALK DATA Distance: 5.4km (3.4 miles) Walk Time:  1hr 24 mins Start & finish: The Eagle & Child pub, 49 St Giles, OX1 3LU Map: Can also be found online at https://explore.osmaps.com/en/route/10555486/Oxford-Literary-Rambles Facilities: All OXFORD Oxford has a higher number of literary associations per square foot count than any other spot […]

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Bath, Somerset: Jane Austen

‘I walk: I prefer walking’ KEY DATA Terrain: Pavements, hilly bits Starting point: 13 Queen Square, BA1 2HJ Distance: 6.4 km (4 miles) Walking time: 1 hr 56 mins Map: can also be found online at https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/route/10535476/Bath-Literary-Ramble Facilities: Everything JANE AUSTEN (1775-1818) Jane Austen visited Bath in 1797 and again in 1799 before moving there in 1801 when her […]

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