South West

    Bockhampton & The Frome Valley, Dorset: Thomas Hardy

    ‘The great inviolate place had an ancient permanence which the sea cannot claim’ KEY DATA Terrain: Undulating, potentially wet and muddy Starting point: Thorncombe Wood car park, Higher Bockhampton, DT2 8QJ Distance: 15.4 kms (9. 6 miles) Walking time:  4 hrs 20 mins OS Map: OS Explorer OL15. The map can be found online at: https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/route/9601721/Bockhampton-The-Frome-Valley-Dorset-Thomas-Hardy Facilities: […]

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    Quantocks, Somerset: The Birth of Romantic Poetry, Coleridge & Wordsworth

    ‘Upon smooth Quantock’s airy ridge we roved, unchecked, or loitered ’mid her sylvan combes’ (Wordsworth) ‘Now, my friends emerge Beneath the wide wide Heaven—and view again The many-steepled tract magnificent Of hilly fields and meadows, and the sea’ (Coleridge) KEY DATA Terrain: Hills, steep ascents and descents Starting point: Holford Village Green, TA5 1SB Distance: […]

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    Fowey, Cornwall: Daphne du Maurier

    ‘I think Fowey means more to me than anything now. The river, the harbour, the sea. It’s much more than love for a person.’ ‘All I want to be is at Fowey. Nothing and no one else. This now is my life.’ KEY DATA Walk 1: Pont Pill walk Terrain: Coastal hill ups and downs […]

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