When is a walking trail “done”?

Published 15 February 2017

When do you class walking route as “done”? It’s a question that was firmly on my mind as I sat on a train heading home a few hours after arriving at the western end of the Thames Path,

At the start of the Thames Path

Published 8 February 2017

At its eastern end, the Thames Path finishes up at the mighty Thames Barrier. But what’s at the western end? Well it’s a field in Gloucestershire. A field from where the Thames’s journey really begins…

Thames Path Gallery

Published 1 February 2017

From rural Gloucestershire, through the suburbs to the gleaming metal of the Thames Barrier, the Thames Path follows the story of what is perhaps the UK’s most famous river.

Thames Path Epilogue: Southend-on-Sea

Published 25 January 2017

After visiting the source, it was time to visit the place where the river Thames finished its journey.

Thames Path Stage 19 (Part 2): Inglesham to the Source

Published 18 January 2017

The final push. By bus and by train. A soggy field. And a stone saying that it was all very much over.

Thames Path Stage 19 (Part 1): Lechlade to Inglesham

Published 11 January 2017

A man and two dogs jumping through flooded fields, a discarded bra by the side of the road, and absolutely no chance of getting near the Thames at all.

Welcome to 2017

Published 1 January 2017

One can only hope that ‘After Clouds, Sunshine’ stands true for 2017.

2016: A Year In Walking

Published 21 December 2016

It’s December and that can only mean one thing: a walking related review of the year.

A bad year for Wainwrights?

Published 14 December 2016

By pointlessly plotting the number of Wainwrights I have walked per year, I have spotted a link in the years I have bagged the least,

16 Cracking Sights You’ll Never Forget About Walking the London LOOP

Published 7 December 2016

Forget what you think walking in London may be like, for walking the London LOOP will give you experiences like no other walking trail.

At the start of the Cumbria Way

Published 30 November 2016

A small sign, a bin, oh and a large sculpture. Great sights at the start of the Cumbria Way in Ulverston.

Thames Path Stage 18 (Part 2): Buckland to Lechlade

Published 23 November 2016

Back to the river, a promising return, hailstones the size of golf balls, a problem, and another, and another.

Thames Path Stage 18 (Part 1): Newbridge to Buckland

Published 16 November 2016

Flood, flood, glorious flood. There’s nothing quite like it for soothing the blood.

Thames Path Stage 17 (Part 2): Pinkhill Lock to Newbridge

Published 9 November 2016

Away from the river, a mysteriously absent ferry, flooding, mudding and then, finally, some drinking.

Thames Path Stage 17 (Part 1): Oxford to Pinkhill Lock

Published 2 November 2016

Oxford by day, a stroll down the river, an unpaid toll, and a lock that’s not pink and not on a hill.

Thames Path: An evening in Oxford

Published 26 October 2016

Bicycles, wet, oh so very wet streets, students everywhere, and drinking with (and without) Inspector Morse.

Updating the Planning a Walk section for 2016

Published 19 October 2016

Links, buses, pubs, shops and more; everything gets a full check in the annual review of the Rambling Man ‘Planning a Walk’ section.

The Coast to Coast National Trail

Published 12 October 2016

There’s a campaign to upgrade the Coast to Coast to National Trail status, and it probably can’t come too soon.

The Trespass Trail (Part 2)

Published 5 October 2016

In part two of my journey along the Trespass Trail, I leave the sides of Kinder and head back to New Mills in order to be collared by the law.

The Trespass Trail (Part 1)

Published 28 September 2016

The Kinder Trespass has, over the years, obtained near mythical status. And there’s now a walking route to celebrate it all. Naturally I had to go for a walk.