UK Adventures pt. 2: English Country Walk


For more than ten years now, whenever I visit the UK, I go for a romp in the country with my college-buddy Dave, who majored in cartography. At a time when most college boys adorned their dorm walls with posters of scantily-clad women and Absolut ads, Dave’s walls were covered with maps, and he used to listen to the shipping lane reports on a short wave radio in his spare time. A skilled navigator, he makes a point of mocking the GPS system in my car whenever he visits. Dave and I have spent many an hour wandering through the woods and over the hills of some of the most beautiful parts of England and Upstate NY. Some of you may remember me talking about our hike from Stonehenge to Salisbury Cathedral via Old Sarum the last time I visited the UK in late 2008.

Dave used these trips (and hundreds of others he’s taken) to map out a series of easy hiking routes to out-of-the-way places of scenic and historic beauty, easily made as day-trips from London. A couple of years ago, he started English Country Walks, a tour company recently featured in the London Times.

I set aside a day of my upcoming trip for a walk with Dave, and thought it might be fun to invite some readers along, if anyone is interested. This year’s walk will be on Saturday, April 17, and will be considerably shorter than the Stonehenge/Salisbury walk. We will be starting in London in the morning and taking the train out to Sussex, from which point we will walk to Bodiam Castle and back, stopping for a nice pub lunch on the way. The walk should be about 8 miles. You can see a full itinerary along with some beautiful photos here.

It will be a nice day to get some exercise, fresh air, and (hopefully) sunshine as we take in natural beauty and a piece of history (along with a few pints of Guinness). If formal book signings aren’t you bag and you’d rather just have a chance to hang out (or interrogate me on ward theory and Arlen’s relationship with Leesha), think about coming along. You can book one of the (quite limited) spots on Dave’s site. Tell him I sent you. Bookings will be at the group rate of Ā£55/per person, which will cover everything including the train, entrance to Bodiam Castle, and the pub lunch.

So, anyone up for a walk? If not, I’ll have to go it alone…

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Posted on March 19, 2010 at 1:19 pm by PeatB
Filed under Appearances, Events, Fans, Life, World Traveler

12 responses to “UK Adventures pt. 2: English Country Walk”

  1. And see? This is why I keep telling people I need to live in the UK. So I can meet amazing people and go on fantastic walks in the woods.

    Ugh. So jealous! Have a fabulous time, though; there will be pictures, yes? šŸ˜›

    Posted by Kit, on March 19th, 2010 at 2:23 pm
  2. If only you were visiting Ireland, I would join you šŸ™

    Posted by Patrick, on March 19th, 2010 at 2:31 pm
  3. Oh no… I would have love to come, even if it’s in england, but unfortunetly I’m in Strasbourg for 3 weeks at this time and don’t have my saturdays :’-(

    Posted by Jess, on March 19th, 2010 at 3:20 pm
  4. This sounds phenomenal!

    Posted by Lizette, on March 19th, 2010 at 3:31 pm
  5. When you visit NZ we’ll have to organise something similar…pleny of nice walks here. I always wanted to visit Bodium Castle, one of the few we didn’t get too when we lived in the UK.

    Here’s to good weather and pints of Guinness!

    Posted by Brendon, on March 19th, 2010 at 11:52 pm
  6. Sounds like loads of fun. Good on you, mate, for not letting the tour eat up every last second of your time. I know there are some lovely hikes to be had down England way, though – and I hate to be predictable, but it’s true – if there’s one thing Scotland does better than its neighbour, it’s countryside.

    Not to be a sour puss, that is. You better get down here for book three, Peat!

    Posted by N. R. Alexander, on March 20th, 2010 at 10:08 am
  7. Do I have to be the first one to make Brother Longfoot comparisons here?

    Posted by Myke, on March 21st, 2010 at 9:18 am
  8. I think you’re on the wrong blog for that.

    Posted by Peat, on March 21st, 2010 at 10:01 am
  9. Ditto @Patrick but for Wales, heh. I’m home for Easter, spending time with my flambly and new niece….It’s a toss-up, but I’m pretty certain she wins ’cause my sister will be providing chocolate, hehe.

    Hope it’s an awesome walk, and like Kit, I hope there’ll be photomagraphs.

    Posted by Elicius, on March 21st, 2010 at 3:48 pm
  10. I would come if I didn’t have to work every saturday šŸ™

    Posted by Dwayne, on March 28th, 2010 at 3:44 pm
  11. Not only is work meaning I miss the signing at Forbidden Planet on Friday, but then on Saturday I miss this due to being at work as well!

    Posted by Mark, on April 11th, 2010 at 6:09 pm
  12. if you like walking try the lake district fantastic views and plenty of walks from the simplier routes to the expert!!

    Posted by stuart, on April 13th, 2010 at 7:15 am