We were off to a late start. The plan was to do the Norths Down Ridge Circular Walk but we ended up exploring on our own, getting lost in the process and using the GPS on the phone in the end to find our way back. Nevertheless, it was a really beautiful day and we did end up with a walk longer than we had planned/anticipated.
We started off at the Margery Woods Car Park and headed off to the Margery Woods. Bluebells, more bluebells! As we walk through the woods, we then come across the bridge over the motorway.
Cross the bridge and a few trees, you come across this beautiful view of open skies and the green slopes of Colley Hill. This is where we ditched the Norths Down Ridge Circular Walk trail and headed down to the North Downs Way trail on the right, we weren’t aware of that at the time.
The path was filled with Dandelions, Wild flowers and rabbits.
In the end, it was another beautiful day in the Surrey Hills.
It was Boxing Day 2016 and I was longing to see the city and what better way to do it than walking along the Thames? This was my first walk and to motivate myself, it had to be one with the good sights. I chose to walk the South Bank starting at Lambeth Bridge all the way to Tower Bridge which is roughly a 5 km walk. It was a slow one, for starters because I was admiring London at night as I went along and I managed to stop at a few pubs along the way. 🙂
I must apologise for the really poor photography here as all I had was a shitty smartphone camera to work with.. (I am not a good photographer either :p )
It starts off with Westminster Palace across the river and the Big Ben at the backdrop and the Westminster Bridge all in sight.
Continuing along the south bank, we go past the London Eye and then approach the Waterloo Bridge. Walking on the south bank can never get boring with the buskers in the South Bank. On reaching Gabriel’s Wharf, you get to see few Fire Jugglers on the bank. I spend some time over there watching them play around. The OXO Tower is just up ahead.
After this as I continue my walk, crossing the Blackfriars Bridge, I approach the Millennium Bridge standing on which you get a straight view of St. Paul’s Cathedral. The Tate Modern and Shakespeare’s Globe is right there as well.
My next stop was the Anchor Pub, which is one of the ancient historic pubs of London. After a couple of pints, I continue my walk towards London Bridge and the HMS Belfast.
There is a beautiful, well lit Christmas tree outside the City Hall. From there I reach the end of my walk as I go to the Tower Bridge and then walk back to London Bridge to take a bus back home.
The Thames Path is a walk that goes along the River Thames right from it’s source in the Cotswolds to the Thames Barrier at Greenwich. The entire length spans 296 km (184 miles) and I plan to cover this entire span in bits and pieces. I decided to start off with first walking the path within the London area before moving towards the source, Thames Head but in no particular sequence.
Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’ – Robin Williams
It sure felt that way when we went up to Leith Hill for a hike this beautiful spring day.
Leith Hill is in the Surrey Hills which is towards the south west from London. It’s not just a beautiful place for short hikes for beginners like myself but also a delight to the eyes in spring. For those who are suckers for history (or watch/follow the TV show “Vikings”), this is where Ethelwulf defeated the Danes in 851 AD.
There are 4 trails that you could follow:
Woodland Trail (Orange)
Etherley Loop (Purple)
Heathland Trail (Green)
Frank’s Walk (Pink)
From the car park, we headed over to the summit, where there is the Leith Hill Tower and from there we started our hike after spending some time enjoying the view from there and some refreshments. We took the Woodland Trail which is 2.5 miles and all along the trail we could see the ground covered with beautiful Bluebells.
It was a day well spent amongst nature!
“I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees” – Henry David Thoreau