On Thursday 25 May, the penultimate of our walking group tour, we started out from Nanjizal. The horse below (click to see it larger) came right up and started chewing on my shirt, then my jeans and then started nuzzling my backpack. It either was smelling my lunch in there or was merely hoping for some food, I think. The long straight line in the map is us driving from Nanjizal up to Botallack. More about that anon. If viewing in email, click the post title to click into the images and see them larger.

Minions and Hurlers

The next day (23 May), we started at Minions and the Hurlers stone circles. A guide with another group entertained us with a lot of information about the circles, some of it sounding plausible, some not so much (radiation in the circle is lower than outside the circle, stuff about ley lines). Cows were resting among the neolithic stones.

We then made our way up to the Cheesewring, so called, because it looks like cheese that has been stacked to have the moisture wrung (pressed, really) out of it. If viewing in email, click the post title to click into the images and see them larger.

Walkhampton Common

On 19th May we did a 10-mile walk on Walkhampton Common. These pictures will give some idea of the varied landscapes and terrain we encountered. If viewing in email, click the post title to click into the images and see them larger.

The Moor

South Coast Path – May 16th

The next day, we only walked about 3 miles in a circuit starting from Lulworth and ending at Lulworth Cove .

If you succumb to any of these hazards, you may find yourself with a Scratchy Bottom:

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Golden Cap, continued

As a lifetime urbanite, the idea that one can simply take a walk in the country and encounter sheep and cows up close and personal is a bit thrilling. We walked among the cows, being careful not to startle them. See last post for more details of this walk – click any image to see them all enlarged.

Public Footpath

South Downs Way, Farnham

A recent article in the NY Times discussed the millions of acres of public land in the US that are inaccessible to the public because they’re entirely surrounded by private property, which is sacrosanct. In the UK, by contrast, there is custom going back centuries, that protects the people’s access to the commons. Everywhere you go you find public footpaths that cross private land, allowing one walking and rambling access to extensive swathes of the countryside. Of course, this is not wholly uncontested even here but the notion of public goods is much more widely recognized.

Cliff Cows

Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, Ireland

There’s a very narrow pathway laid out along the Cliffs, bounded by a steep drop to the ocean below and an electrified fence on the other, protecting, I guess, these cows.

Walla Crag to Keswick

No place to go but down from Walla Crag, passing along the shore of the Derwent Water and through Manesty Park we eventually made it back to our hotel in Keswick.

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Ambleside to Rydal Mount

After an excellent dinner and a good night’s sleep we set off the next morning from Ambleside to Rydal Mount, taking picturesque walking trails alongside private homes. Click any image to see each image enlarged to full size (in your browser, not email).