East of England

    Little Gidding, Cambridgeshire: TS Eliot

    LITTLE GIDDING Little Gidding Church is difficult to find, but unforgettable when found. It is a secluded place in remote Cambridgeshire countryside, with very few settlements in the vicinity. Little Gidding was the home of a small Anglican religious community established in 1626 by Nicholas Ferrar. It was founded around strict adherence to Christian worship […]

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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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    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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    Akenfield (Charsfield) Suffolk: Ronald Blythe

    ‘A natural conversation’ The inspiration for this walk… Akenfield I first read Akenfield twenty or more years ago and it has held a tight grip on my perception of the countryside ever since. It just seemed so very believable – there was as much emotionally damaging about the claustrophobic, inward-looking world of early twentieth century […]

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