London – Jubilee Walk

I met Carol at Paddington Station and we take the Underground to Victoria Station. These large London stations connect London to the rest of Britain and Europe. Always lots of people milling and walking about. We walk down to the Royal Mews to have a look at the Queens horses and Stables. One of the … [Read more...]

Le Puy to Conques – a German pilgrim and the lost key

Le Puy, France Well, this was it. The planning and research was over. There were 800kms to walk from Le Puy to the Pyrenees and then another 700km to Santiago de Compostela. However our journey would be considerably shorter at 210km across the Auvergne region in Southern France. We would be … [Read more...]

Le Puy to Conques – Le Puy, the city of the Holy Virgin

In Le Puy, France for the start of our walk to Conques: The next day we had a lot to do. Waking early we left the hotel in the dark to attend the 7.00 am service which would include a pilgrims’ blessing. I felt a sense of adventure as we walked up Mount Corneille and into the centre of old Le Puy … [Read more...]

Offa’s Dyke – walking on the Dyke (760AD)

We had just left the Kington Golf Course – the highest in Britain and began our walk up the hills. The cold wind picked up again on these exposed slopes. We were now walking across high fields with increasing winds. It was difficult to see the next signpost and we became separated. I saw Carol … [Read more...]

Visit Sandringham – on Peddar's Way

Peddar’s Way Walk, Norfolk, UK We had stayed overnight at the Ostrich Inn in a delightful village named Castle Acre. It was a clear morning. Only one cloud on the horizon and that was today’s walking distance from her to our next accommodation at Hunstanton 32 km away. It was too far to walk in one … [Read more...]

Camino highlight – O Cebreiro

We're at the historic Galician border markerWell, we're back from a superb Camino journey. Today (in Villafranca del Bierzo) we all got ready for a 7.15 breakfast so that we would be on time for the 8.30 bus to La Portela, 11 km away. The idea was to shorten today’s walk which would be … [Read more...]

Via Francigena: Rome’s seven pilgrim churches

St. Paul's Outside the WallsVia Francigena: Rome, Italy. The Seven Pilgrim Churches San Pietro, Santa Maria Maggiore, San Giovanni in Laterano, Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, San Sebastiano fuora la Mura, San Paolo fuora la Mura, Santa Maria Trastevere. Pilgrims throughout the ages have walked to … [Read more...]

Via Francigena: Martigny to Orsieres

Suddenly the mists parted, revealing the valleyVia Francigena: Martigny, Switzerland. After a filling breakfast we donned our packs and walked out into the wet, overcast weather which was rather pleasant after the past few hot days. We arrived at a park where there was a fork in the track. … [Read more...]

Road to Aghavannagh – an Irish walk

The Irish road to AvagannaghFrom the diary – Monday: Glendalough - Aghavannagh Glenalough Youth Hostel. 8.30 am, quick wash, breakfast. The four of us leave the hostel to go our separate ways. Me – off to Aghavannagh; about 10-12 miles down the road. It’s a clear day and I feel good about being … [Read more...]