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Holywell’s haunted tale on the Ouse Valley Way

We didn’t see any ghosts when my fellow ramblers and I stopped off for a break at Holywell during our recent walk – 18.7 miles I am proud to say as it has been a very long time since I clocked up this kind of mileage on foot – along the picturesque Ouse Valley Way. I had heard this tragic tale before when I had lunch at the village pub and was going to tell everyone about, but...
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A weekend in Eastbourne

Our walking buddy Malcolm told me he didn’t join the Cambridge Rambling Club for our last weekend away as he felt too young to be spending it in Eastbourne 🙂 Those of us who did join the trip discovered it was like home from home as a large group of very jolly pensioners from the Cambridge Co-operative group were there too, including a 99-year-old who outstayed me in their nightclub! We...
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Walking for health Jim’s way

I have spent the summer working on a genome campus with no free time for my regular walks, but now I really must get into shape for my weekend away with the Cambridge Rambling Club next month to the South Downs. I expect the undulating landscape there to be much more challenging than the usual flat Fenland landscape where I live, and I hope to manage a long weekly walk before we leave. Today I...
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Our wartime heroes at RAF Tempsford and Bletchley Park

I walked along an airfield runway yesterday once used by planes carrying our bravest wartime agents, including Violette Szabo, immortalised in the film Carve Her Name With Pride. I was with the Cambridge Rambling Club and our route passed a barn in the middle of a field. I stepped inside (there is no door!) and was astonished to see an extraordinary memorial for our wartime heroes who flew from...
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A walk with the bluebells

I have an assortment of shoes in my car, including fuchsia pink wedges, leopard skin kitten heels, black patent peep toe stilettos and my sturdy Berghaus walking boots; you could call me the Imelda Marcos of Cambridgeshire! It was the stout, thick heeled boots that I laced up tightly this morning in search of an abundance of glorious bluebells in the historic Hayley Wood led by Cambridge...
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Hang gliders, volcanic ash, and a view from a tomb

The volcanic ash did not deter a hang glider from soaring high above Essex in its clear blue cloudless sky yesterday. My fellow walkers from the Cambridge Rambling Group looked up in awe as we meandered through meadows bursting with spring flowers and the first showing of bluebells along the banks and in shady woodland. Volcanic ash or not, I don’t think I have the stomach for those...
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Walking the Devil’s Dyke

I met up with my friend Audrie today to walk along Devil’s Dyke from the picturesque villages of Reach to Woodditton. When I meet up with my usual stalwart ramblers, they are equipped in sturdy boots and Berghaus walking gear. I had to blink when I saw Audrie arrive in her purple velvet tunic dress over denim jeans. Audrie is a free spirited walker who adds a welcome touch of panache to us...
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My latest walk

Meldreth circular walk Map your trip with EveryTrail Many thanks to Geoff Jones for sending me this fabulous EveryTrail link for a walk we did yesterday with Sally and the Cambridge Rambling Club. I did try to make my excuses the day before – too many jobs to catch up on in the house, etc – but Geoff was having  none of it and called me to say he expected to see me there. So I demured....
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Are ramblers and farmers friend or foe?

I experienced my first difficulty today as a rambler. Thirty of us were enjoying the great weather and scenery around Wimpole and following our leader through a woodland path. Suddenly, we were confronted by a man with a large dog who told us we were not on an official footpath and redirected us along the muddy route you can see in the pic. A few seconds later I found a footpath sign in the...
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