National GetOutside Day 2018 21/09/2018
Maps, Walking

National GetOutside Day

On Sunday 30 September 2018, Ordanance Survey want us all to “GetOutside”.  So much so, that they’ve created a special day for it, the National GetOutside Day. There are three ways to take part: 1. Join a National Walk Meet the OS GetOutside Champions Ben Fogle, Sean Conway, Kenton Cool and Mel Nicholls who will be taking part in some of the guided walks. 2. Join a Regional Walk And it’s not just walks!  There are events being organised all around the UK Mainland which include: Walking Swimming Cycling Nordic... Read More

Ideas and Activities, Walking

Messing about on the Canal

We are fortunate to live very close to the Kennet and Avon Canal and often take walks along the towpath between Melksham and Devizes. Occasionally we also get the chance to go for a ride on a narrow boat. The scenery is ever changing. As are the neighbours! Plus is you are lucky it is possible to glimpse various wildlife!

Ideas and Activities, Walking

North Devon

Last week I had the opportunity for a few days in my favourite location on the North Devon coast, Lee Abbey, just outside Lynton.  This place is described by many, including me as their spiritual home! With its own beach and fabulous walks in the woods, the estate is a place of rest and escape from the frenetic life that I lead the rest of the time, and the time of reflection in the house was ideal for a period of time to grow closer to God. I took these... Read More

Ideas and Activities, Walking

Barnard Castle

  We were staying near Barnard Castle recently and enjoyed exploring the town.  The castle takes its name from its twelfth century founder, Bernard de Balliol, and the town later developed around it.   The remains of the castle are now managed by English Heritage, and are worth a visit!     One of the main routes into the town is a bridge right under the walls of the castle over the River Tees. In the centre of the town is an octagonal Market Cross, which is now used as... Read More

Ideas and Activities, Maps, Walking


Meet Alice! Alice Nutter from the village of Roughlee was one of those accused of witchcraft and executed in 1612 as one of the Pendle Witches.  Unlike many of the others accused, Alice was a comparatively wealthy woman, who apart from entered a ‘not guilty’ plea at her trial, did not speak.  It is possible that with a number of Catholic relatives (two of whom had already been executed as Jesuit priests), she was herself a Catholic and and refused to speak for fear of incriminating others.  This statue commemorating... Read More

Cycling, Ideas and Activities, Maps, Walking

Le Grand Depart

We found ourselves in the market town of Hawes last week, which is on the first stage of this years Le Tour de France.  It was brilliant to see just how much the town has taken the Tour to heart, with the whole centre decked out in bunting, many painted bikes lining the route and even red spots (which I later learnt is the colour of the jersey awarded to the King of the Mountains) painted onto many houses and businesses. There were many other examples of street art to... Read More

Cycling, Ideas and Activities, Maps, Walking

Don’t live life on the edge!

One of the blogs I personally enjoy following is that of Rev’d Claire Maxim, the blog has nothing to do with my working life, but does appeal to my spiritual life.  However, for me the two coincided in a recent post, when Rev’d Claire mentioned a map that had been given to her by one or her new parishioners of her local area.  If you should want a similar map, we can oblige, creating OS 1:25,000 or 1:50,000 of your chosen location in England, Scotland or Wales, where for once... Read More

Cycling, Walking

St Oswald’s Way, Northumberland

Has any one had any experience of walking/cycling St Oswald’s Way in Northumberland?  To be more specific can you cycle from Holy Island south on St Oswald’s Way to Bamburgh?  Harveys have produced a new waterproof map to St Oswald’s Way, but it does not look as though you can cycle much of it.  Would like some first hand experience from someone, please?