Our summer newsletter is now out
On the blog To celebrate the news that the Dales and the Lakes have both got a little bigger, why not revisit our trip to the Howgills?Now part of a National Park, but of course it was just as splendid (if a little wet) back then.Earlier this summer we spent a thoroughly pleasant couple of days on the Ridgeway, pootling about on the gentle hills of Wiltshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire. And writing about it, naturally. Walk here Good news reaches us from the South West … the West Somerset Railway’s Freedom of the Line tickets offer seven days of travel on this wonderful heritage line for just £25 for an adult. Read full article
Each quarter we enter everyone who submits a car-free walk to our website into a prize draw to win some goodies.
For the July to Septembr 2016 prize draw we are giving away two signed copies of World Tree Story - history and legends of the world's ancient trees by Julian Hight. Following the success of Britain’s Tree Story for National Trust in 2011, Julian Hight set out to capture 100 historic, ancient trees of the world for his most recent project. He travelled extensively, from the UK to New Zealand and Australia, Japan to the USA, across Europe and Scandinavia, sourcing the subjects from archive engravings and photographs, and re-photographed them in the present day to add historic context. Read more on how to win
At times, a great walk can be right under your nose without you even realising.
Growing up in Wiltshire, I must have seen the Ridgeway on many occasions: on family day trips to Avebury, near to its westerly end; on my annual pilgrimage to watch Swindon Town; on school field trips to survey the rare plants on its south-facing chalk slopes.Somehow, that distinctive crest never really registered.Why wonder about hills when the football results were just about to start?Now middle-aged, and living a long way from Wiltshire, I decided it was time to return to my roots and explore a little more deeply. Read full blog entry