Sarah was a bit tired today so we didn’t plan a long walk. In fact we went on our ‘home’ walk, The Shining Shore, as we have so often this year. As much a meditation as a walk and one of Sarah’s favourite places.
It begins with a very long hedge.
In fact this got us thinking how old this hedge might be. And we remembered something about Hooper’s Hypothesis:
“Hedges that have existed for hundreds of years are colonised by additional species. This may be useful to determine the age of the hedge. Hooper’s hypothesis suggests that the age of the hedge is equal to the number of woody species counted in a thirty yard distance multiplied by 110 years.”
This is Dr Max Hooper from 1974, and he was careful to say it’s only a rule of thumb and can be out by a couple of centuries.
And anyway we couldn’t remember the figures when we were by the hedge to do the calculation. So that will have to wait for next time.
Then it’s up the hill into the lanes.
And I now know why this is called what it’s called, thanks to Gerry, a new reader who explained on his own lovely blog ‘That’s How The Light Gets In’
“The name ‘Dungeon’ derives from the Anglo-Saxon ‘dunge’ or ‘denge’, meaning marshland, or land that adjoins a marsh (think of Dungeness in Kent), rather than having any association with castles or imprisonment.”
Next, soon to come Halloween makes its first appearance on our walk.
Just along the path we reach a tree with a bough that gets lower each time we come here.
And next we go along the coast to West Kirby:
And so the Shining Shore walk does what it always does. Fills us with energy, peace and happiness.