Monthly Archives: March 2014

Salford has no centre—but it does have a trail

We emerged from the path by the River Irwel on the nascent Salford Trail into a draughty, neglected car-park with a derelict air.  Our leader, local historian and creator of the trail Roy Bullock, told us that this was Greengate, … Continue reading

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Not all hot air

There is a little-known ladies’ loo in the Houses of Parliament, right by St Stephen’s entrance.  It is not waymarked, but it is not out of bounds. Go up the main steps, through the heavy doors, turn right up a … Continue reading

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Insomniac birds

I was sorry for the robin which was singing its heart out at 11 pm in High Wycombe station car-park.  It was a lovely accompaniment while I found my car, but it felt all wrong. The artificial light must have … Continue reading

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Henley’s pavement clutter

Henley-on-Thames, on the Thames Path National Trail and at the south-east corner of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, should be a walker-friendly hub.  Indeed it ought to aspire to be a Walkers Are Welcome Town. But the clutter … Continue reading

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Marika’s ‘eureka’

It was appropriate that on International Women’s Day, 8 March, Marika Kovacs of the Hereford Ramblers led her third walk.  I was happy to be one of the party. Marika has been blind since childhood.  She loves walking and last … Continue reading

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Myton Lane Spinney saved for all

My last act on Friday, before leaving the Open Spaces Society’s office for the weekend, was to look in the files for examples of new village greens in Warwickshire.  This was in preparation for a workshop I was running at … Continue reading

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Well-named Watery Lane

‘It rained and it rained and it rained. … The little dry ditches in which Piglet had nosed about so often had become streams, the little streams across which he had splashed were rivers, and the river, between whose steep … Continue reading

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Barn-blight volte face?

Unusually, government is listening to the people and may actually decide not to dilute planning controls in our protected landscapes. Last year the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) consulted on proposals to introduce permitted development rights for redundant agricultural … Continue reading

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