80 – Manningtree, Flatford Mill and the Dedham Valley 7.8 miles – 12th September

In short: a glorious, amazing, historic dream of a walk. Classic English countryside on the Essex/Suffolk border. Various types of paths so walking boots a good idea. Readily available and reasonably priced parking at Manningtree station; clean decent toilets at both Manningtree station and Flatford Mill; good quality station cafe for coffee at start and […]

79 – Rickmansworth lakes, Ebury Way and the Grand Union Canal 5.7 miles – 7th September

In short: despite some murky weather, this remains a lovely walk with watery views across lakes and the canal. Functional, clean public toilets at start and finish; plenty of free parking and a lovely cafe for a delicious lunch at the end. 1 hr 50 mins walking + 45 mins pitstop. We first did this […]

78 – Orford Ness: to the lighthouse and back 4.9 miles – 26th August

In short: a fantastic, atmospheric walk on Orford Ness – a wild  combination of abandoned military sites and nature reserve. Well paved paths apart from some shingle before and after the lighthouse – so sturdy shoes/trainers or proper walking sandals a good idea. Parking in Orford village (ferry across courtesy of National Trust); public toilets […]

77 – Hampstead Heath meander 5.7 miles – 22nd August

In short: a lovely gentle meander around the ever stunning Heath. Free on street parking, plentiful clean public toilets and reliably good Kenwood cafe. 2 hrs 10 mins walking + 30 mins pitstop. With neither of us feeling particularly well today but both wanting to escape the confines of the house we decide to head […]