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two walks
February 4, 2017, 8:29 pm
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Three years ago was an epic day.  The long stage from A Coruna to Bruma in an appalling storm, soaked to the skin by rain and snow on the first day of the Camino Retreat.  You can read about it here.  Somewhere is a video of me trying to put my waterproofs on as the snow became heavy.

After a busy (but good!) and testing time, I went for a day off walk with Mike today.  Spring has arrived in the quiet Worcestershire hills.  We caught the sun.

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may day on the middlemarch

Yesterday I celebrated May Day with a very long walk from Worcester to home along the canal.

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This was almost the end of the Middle March – the walk I have been doing over the last year from home, doing a long loop to delve deeply into some of the places of significance here; Stratford, Evesham, the Cotswold hills and villages, Bredon Hill, the Malverns, Worcester.  I will finish it with a walk along the Severn next week from Kidderminster to Worcester, saving a few day section of the lowlands from the Cotswolds to the Malverns as this is really hard to do in single day walks.

I got an early train to Worcester, got onto the canal at Diglis Basin and began walking.

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The canal was built to transport goods made in Brummagem to the River Severn and on to the world.  It now comes across as rural and quiet, a place for tourists, although I passed under the motorway, under very old roads like the Salt Way, through industrial revolution settlements like Stoke Works.

The weather forecast was terrible.  I was lucky to get a relatively dry morning.  I even walked with this chap for a while

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Midday found me passing the Eagle and Sun at Hanbury Wharf

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Wye Valley HPA scores very highly on the Pilgrim Points System.

As I walked I went inwards, praying and thinking about my life and work.  I looked outwards, seeing heron, a variety of water fowl, trying to identify the small birds singing on the reeds.  I enjoyed the wildflowers and the colours of the crops.

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It was very hard, despite the distance still to walk, not to go through gates like this and see the other side.

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At half past two it began to rain torrentially.  I stood under a bridge to put my waterproofs on, then walked on steadily for a couple of hours.  I hoped for a cup of tea at the boat yard in Tardebigge.  The shop was open but deserted.  I left money for a cold drink on the counter and trudged on.

Walking over the hill above Shortwood Tunnel, the rain stopped.  The ground was saturated.  When I got back to the towpath, it was either water to my ankles or deep mud.  It was slow going and the odds of my falling in were getting shorter.  At Alvechurch I got the train and walked home along the Stratford on Avon Canal from Kings Norton.  I think I walked about 20 miles.  It was enough.

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I home I drank a few of these and put my feet up.



middlemarch – holydays
April 30, 2014, 9:40 am
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A few days holiday to rest and recover after the exertions of Easter and Holy Week.

Holiday

Holy day

Holy place

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Some time exploring bits of Worcestershire a bit more deeply with Bharti

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Last time I walked here, there was a path down a muddy hill.  Last year’s wet winter has changed the course of a stream.  The path has become it’s bed.  Happy trails!