Walk Notice: Sunday 1st March, 10:00 am

Walking in the Spring!Strider near Balscote 3

We’re meeting at the Cricket to leave for 10:00.

 

Definitely be home for the rugby…route and pace depends on who turns up.

 

Will be ending in the Red Lion

 

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Stride On: Sunday 15th February

Hurrah, hurrah! Our first proper walk of the year!

We started from Horley at 1:00pm, and went over the old railway to Drayton, through the defunct golf course, and then through the cutting down the middle of Hanwell Fields. Then we went over the bridge where the donkeys are, with their caravan stable and hissing guard-goose. We went across all the new flood-plain works, and followed the canal past an abandoned lock-keepers cottage. Then we crossed the canal and walked to Piwit Farm (where there was slurry. And cows) and then down a dead-straight track to Little Bourton. From there, we went along the M40 (weird) then crossed over to Hanwell, where we found lots of very blue DVDs chucked in the road and couldn’t stop laughing. We got back to Horley by about 4:30. The DVDs were left where they lay.

10 miles! Sunday walk 1 Sunday Walk 2 Sunday Walk 3 Sunday Walk 4 Sunday Walk 5

Walking: Sunday 28th Sep

Life keeps getting in the way of walking, which is rubbish. But now it’s the last Sunday of September, and¬†barely nine o’clock, and we’re walking. It’s just Tim and me because we suspect Jen has been out doing whatever young people do on Saturday nights, and our pace is quick.

It’s warm too, so within minutes I’m red in the face and too puffed to talk. We go right at the bottom of Horley and out along the ridge above Bramshill. We cut across the Drift Road towards the Stratford Road, then on towards Balscote. We pass the beautiful garden hidden in the valley and then loop by the quarry and come out near Wroxton.

We walk about eight miles, in two hours, and I feel as if I’ve run for twenty. There were no cows but a lot of pheasants.

Strider near Balscote

Pants, driven wild by rabbits

Striders near Balscote

On the ridge above Bramshill

Strider near Balscote 3

Running beside the quarry

For the Edification of All Arm-Chair Walkers Everywhere

Taken on a punishing 7 miler, Monday night. Pace so mean, had to divert to the Rose and Crown in Ratley…

 

All photos bar the blurry one taken by Jen. She really, REALLY needs an Instagram account, because she’s jolly good at photos.

 

Jen, drinking cider

Jen, glugging a cider

Leah in stubble fields

Leah in stubble fields

Stubble fields in North Oxfordshire

Stubble fields in North Oxfordshire

Leah

Leah. And an oak.

Blissful stubble fields

Blissful stubble fields

Podgy strider

Strider Who Has Eaten All of The Pies

Sunset on brook

Sunset on brook

Sunset over Warmington Ridge

Sunset over Warmington Ridge

Tim hiding behind a flower pot

Endlessly Seeking Bill and Ben…

Jen jubilant after a cider

Jen jubilant after a cider

Carlie drinking gin and coke

Knackered Carlie drinking gin and coke

View from Edgehill Shooting

Views for kings – we are so incredibly privileged

Strider Striders, striding Stubble fields in North Oxfordshire The hills towards Hornton, from the Warwick Rd Walkers' sign, hidden away for secret walkers only

The Third Walk: Monday 28th July

So it was just Tim and Dave and Pants and me, and we marched to Hornton and went up a track, and then through some copsie scrub, and then we found two huge fields full of silvered borage plants, all neatly cut into lines, like hay. There were a lot of bees, and we found a lake that wasn’t on the map.

After that, things got cattlesome, and we did some wootang trespassy stylee, and hurdled some barbed-wire fencing. Tim had to carry Pants over, because he doesn’t know he can jump.

Then we got whipped by some evil green serrated brambles, and flayed with nettles. Then we were forced (by cattle) to get in the maize, and it was like the Congo. Tim said to watch my eyes, as the maize could slice open my eyeballs.

But tonight we also saw a hare standing perfectly upright barely twenty yards away, and an incredible jumping mouse.

Same time next week. Loving it.

Secret Pond, Horley Striders

The pond not on the map, but looks weirdly familiar and makes me think of wet-suits…

Golden horizons

The most golden of golden horizons. The field where we saw the incredible jumping mouse.

The Second Walk – Monday 21st July 6pm

Well, for a pace labelled as ‘FAST’, we ended up remarkably slow. Mostly because it was such a beautiful evening, we kept stopping to admire privileged, golden views.

We ended up doing 4 miles in 2 hours (oh dear), but with 9 people and 4 dogs. Footwear ranged from walking boots to trainers to pale-pink ballet flats. Not one of us remembered a hip flask.

 

Horley Striders

Horley Striders

Jen's poppy

Jen’s poppy

Wroxton Arch

Wroxton Arch

Resting beneath the Wroxton Obelisk

Resting beneath the Wroxton Obelisk

Monday's jolly gang

Monday’s jolly gang

Leah cooling off in the Abbey ponds

Leah cooling off in the Abbey ponds

Walking through Wroxton just before sun-down

Walking through Wroxton just before sun-down

The Wolf Run at Strider’s pace…

A 2

 

Horley Strider

Strider resting, with Leah the Lab

The most seductive of paths

The most seductive of paths

Striders and The Pants

Striders and The Pants

Wroxton Dovecote

Wroxton Dovecote

Walking in the shadow of the Obelisk

Walking in the shadow of the Obelisk

Horley Striders

Heading home to Horley, through Wroxton.

Heading home to Horley, through Wroxton.