Via Francigena – Montefiascone and a legend

Magnificent St Flavian's Church, Montefiascone

We were on the Via francigena and had arrived in the small Italian city of Montefiascone, built on an old volcanic ridge, a wonderful place to rest after the walk from Bolsena. We walked up the main road to a secondary winding road that led to the very top of the volcanic rim and to […]

London – Jubilee Walk

Majestic creatures on the 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 […]

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

Sacred French Landscape

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 following the GR65, one […]

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

Cast iron statue of the Virgin and Jesus in Le Puy

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 […]

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

On Offa's Dyke itself

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 […]

Visit Sandringham – on Peddar's Way

Sandringham Estate gates

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 […]

Wet weather gear for Camino and other journeys

Sometimes - even plastic - when it rains!

PONFERRADA, CAMINO, SPAIN: Sometimes – even plastic – when it rains! .We left the hotel, walked past the Ayunamento, over the bridge and out through the suburbs of Ponferrada, the first of which was Compostilla, a lovely area with neatly spaced house blocks with large luxury houses. We passed a modern neo-Romanesque church with a […]

Boots on the Camino

Good friends in Obradoiro Plaza Santiago

Good friends in Obradoiro Plaza Santiago Well, they have been such good friends along with my feet. 300 odd kilometers along the famed Camino from Leon to Santiago, as well as two previous years of good walking. Boots are so important for a good walking journey. . It was only when we were walking up […]

Camino highlight – O Cebreiro

We're at the historic Galician border marker

We’re at the historic Galician border marker Well, 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 […]

Via Francigena: Rome’s seven pilgrim churches

St. Paul's Outside the Walls

St. Paul’s Outside the Walls Via 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 or visited the Seven Pilgrim Churches of Rome as […]