Country Comfort: The Rufford Canal

This walk wasn’t going to be a blog post at all because we only last did the walk a year ago, during a brief easing in the lockdowns and other level restrictions on movement of summer 2020. So I wasn’t going to take any photographs either. But I did. And since the canal, a not …

Apple Blossom Time

Because of the third lockdown here in Britain we’d not done this walk, our favourite, since the sixth of December five long months ago, when the walk had ended in the mid-winter dark. Now with spring all around us on the first of May it was time for us to return at last to the …

A holiday in somebody else’s thinking

I once went for a walk with Helen Macdonald before I even knew she was a writer. Right the way around the M25 we went, past her childhood home and all through the woodlands planted along the edge of the orbital motorway. After which I looked for other televised walks I could take with her. …

The Bridge

Three weeks after we walked to West Bank in Widnes and under the Runcorn Bridges we came back, yesterday, to walk up and across the road bridge. The first time either of us have ever done so. You’ve always been able to walk across the bridge, but in all the decades when the bridge was …

On the Garston Shore

This was a cold Easter Monday afternoon walking somewhere Sarah had discovered on her bike a few weeks ago. Or rediscovered really as it’s somewhere we’d come and walk years ago, many years now. Long before it had a sign up and a map announcing itself, back when it was only leftover land where Liverpool …

West Bank Widnes & the Runcorn Bridges

It’s been years since we’d done a version of this walk together, seven years we were surprised to find out by looking back on our own blog. But that’s how life goes isn’t it, surprisingly. Anyway today was a sunny but cold Saturday morning when we set off for Pickering’s Pasture, just beyond Halebank on …