Category Archives: walks

searching for vibrant, august 2017

(and isn’t it infuriating how they keep turning adjectives into pretentious nouns?) I wrote about my search for the epic, vibrant South Bank here: new outrage in SE1. I’ve been there a few times since, always hopeful. The mix of heritage … Continue reading

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in the Peloponnese again (Ziria, aka Kyllini)

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Ziria – what a tasteful mountain!                                         Ziria or Kyllini, it has both names. The whitest mountain, and without snow: white … Continue reading

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Icons in SE1

David ‘Born to Dare’ Beckham is currently appearing, in rotation with various “punks” for Brewdog, on a monument, a stainless steel hoarding near the Imax roundabout in Waterloo which serves to block off the view of the National Theatre, those … Continue reading

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Moving on in the Gasterntal

Just above Kandersteg in the Bernese Oberland which is easily reached by train, the river Kander comes out of a gorge. The first indication I had that anything untoward had happened was a sign warning that the path had been … Continue reading

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at a full stop in the Gasterntal

and how to go on? How to write on a subject about which I know next to nothing, but find myself drawn to? But first, one or two more deviations, diversions and prohibitions: 15. We moved to Cold Ashton, north … Continue reading

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Deviations, Boundaries, Prohibitions, (revised)

In the end I went back a long way, realising how much my walks and walking have been influenced by prohibitions. My mother used to tell the story of how when I was three, I took my little sister Judy … Continue reading

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lamledra 3, the botanical theatre on Vault beach

see also: At Lamledra and at Lamledra (2) a few notes: there’s a botanical theatre down on the beach. the stage is a scoop in the cliff  made by landslips, protected near the edge by two dead looking thickety blackthorns, like a half … Continue reading

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in the Peloponnese 3, Vaidenitsa

   Torridon Since last summer I’ve trampled bracken in a couple of new places, in Torridon and in the Peloponnese. By the shore of Loch Torridon Aran, a crofter (and our landlord) has burnt off the heather scrub and some … Continue reading

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Anavriti (in the Peloponnese again)

    (My first visit to the village, in April) Anavriti lies at about 750 metres on the east side of the Taygetos mountains, which run north-south along the central of the three fingers of the southern Peloponnese. These sentences … Continue reading

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in the Peloponnese

This little picture shows the forest fires that burnt in the Peloponnese and near Athens in August 2007. Some of the plumes of smoke are a hundred miles long. I looked it up when I came back, after seeing miles … Continue reading

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