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Title: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on July 22, 2020, 12:17:46 PM
In these difficult times we have been encouraged to get out of doors and walk for exercise. Where do you like walking? My favourite walk is a ten mile walk from Gunnerside, a village in N.Yorkshire in the North of England where I have spent numerous holidays from age 19. The Yorkshire Dales is my favourite location in England, especially due to the great contrast between the bleak and rugged scenery at the top,of the dales and the pastoral landscapes in the valley bottoms. There are quite a few abandoned lead mines in the area, so the walk is full of history as well:
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Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Herman on July 22, 2020, 10:19:29 PM
I just do a routine walk for twenty minutes in the 'hood, to keep some semblance of cardio-vascular life. I live in a relatively gree suburb. It takes quite a lot of effort to get out, there is so much stuff to do at home.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on July 23, 2020, 12:01:20 AM
I just do a routine walk for twenty minutes in the 'hood, to keep some semblance of cardio-vascular life. I live in a relatively gree suburb. It takes quite a lot of effort to get out, there is so much stuff to do at home.
Thanks for responding. What's the 'hood'?
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Herman on July 23, 2020, 12:39:12 AM
A suburb of Leiden, Netherlands
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on July 23, 2020, 02:23:16 AM
A suburb of Leiden, Netherlands
Ah, I should know that as my daughter 'studied' there for a year! A lovely city.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on July 23, 2020, 12:20:26 PM
In these difficult times we have been encouraged to get out of doors and walk for exercise. Where do you like walking? My favourite walk is a ten mile walk from Gunnerside, a village in N.Yorkshire in the North of England where I have spent numerous holidays from age 19. The Yorkshire Dales is my favourite location in England, especially due to the great contrast between the bleak and rugged scenery at the top,of the dales and the pastoral landscapes in the valley bottoms. There are quite a few abandoned lead mines in the area, so the walk is full of history as well:
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It's beautiful!  How lovely!  Are there official trails there or are you free to wander around?

Best,

PD
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on July 23, 2020, 12:48:26 PM
In normal times, the Harborwalk in Boston
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on July 23, 2020, 09:57:45 PM
It's beautiful!  How lovely!  Are there official trails there or are you free to wander around?

Best,

PD

Thanks PD.
There are various 'Rights of Way' which are the official footpaths that you can follow. Much of it will be over farm land or privately owned land so you are supposed to stick to the rights of way - there is usually plenty of choice and that's the same across the country. Yesterday I walked in some nice woodland near to where I live and there is a notice from the landowner saying that you are welcome to walk wherever you like (see signpost below):

Here's a map showing the rights of way although I tend to walk anti-clockwise from Gunnerside on the route:
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Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on July 23, 2020, 10:18:18 PM
In normal times, the Harborwalk in Boston
Nice! Is this where you mean Karl? How far can you walk?
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Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on July 24, 2020, 02:11:56 AM
Jeffrey,

Thanks for the trail map; I'll file the info away for (hopefully) future trip (one of these days) back to the UK.   :)  By the way, is there poison ivy (or one of its relatives) around there?...should one wander (when permitted) into the woods?  And how busy is the trail these days?

Karl,

Ah, walking by the water...how lovely!  Hope that you will be back out there soon again!

There's a river that I like to go walking along...also some bike/walking paths.  I am also starting to explore some Audubon Society sites..why did I wait so long?!  Had a fun time last winter walking along with a friend through a forested area including crossing a stream--wishing at the time that I had brought some *ski poles along as it was icy in some areas.  It was beautiful though and 99% of the time, we were by ourselves.

*He was nice and lent me his during 'key moments'.   ;)

PD
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Mirror Image on July 24, 2020, 07:03:35 AM
I usually walk around the neighborhood, but there used to be a nice nature trail near our house, but it hasn’t been used in years. I used to walk on this trail a good bit. I also used to walk a good bit around the shore of Lake Lanier, which is also nearby:

(https://lakelanier.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/lanier.jpg)
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on July 24, 2020, 07:14:56 AM
I usually walk around the neighborhood, but there used to be a nice nature trail near our house, but it hasn’t been used in years. I used to walk on this trail a good bit. I also used to walk a good bit around the shore of Lake Lanier, which is also nearby:

(https://lakelanier.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/lanier.jpg)
Is it a case that there aren't any volunteers to maintain the trail?

PD
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on July 24, 2020, 10:47:38 AM
I usually walk around the neighborhood, but there used to be a nice nature trail near our house, but it hasn’t been used in years. I used to walk on this trail a good bit. I also used to walk a good bit around the shore of Lake Lanier, which is also nearby:

(https://lakelanier.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/lanier.jpg)
How beautiful!
PD not sure about Poison Ivy - not aware of any. That trail over Swaledale is never busy. Today we did a walk on the South Downs which went past the Long Man of Wilmington:
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Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Brian on July 24, 2020, 11:22:08 AM
Amazing idea for a thread!

One of my favourite walks ever was to start in Lewes, Sussex, head out to Glyndebourne via country hills and fields, and then dip south to the South Downs Way and get a view of the Channel. Another was through the woods around Wendover and Chequers, although the main appeal there, a pub in Wendover with excellent hamburgers, is long since closed. Living in London, I would while away an afternoon just walking 4-5 miles around town, seeing whatever there was to see.

Here in Dallas, we're not well set up for walks: too hot from June through September, and too many wide streets. But out west, I loved a 10-mile loop hike around Pinnacles National Park (including across the top of the namesake mountains), a walk to the Continental Divide in Colorado which took us to the source of the Colorado River (the same one that goes through the Grand Canyon), and the Hoh River Rain Forest trail in Washington.

Actually, since Herman mentions it, one of my favourite cities to go walking in is, well, Leiden. Antwerp's not bad, either, or Delft. We got lost in Haarlem, though.  ;D
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on July 24, 2020, 03:19:56 PM
Amazing idea for a thread!

One of my favourite walks ever was to start in Lewes, Sussex, head out to Glyndebourne via country hills and fields, and then dip south to the South Downs Way and get a view of the Channel. Another was through the woods around Wendover and Chequers, although the main appeal there, a pub in Wendover with excellent hamburgers, is long since closed. Living in London, I would while away an afternoon just walking 4-5 miles around town, seeing whatever there was to see.

Here in Dallas, we're not well set up for walks: too hot from June through September, and too many wide streets. But out west, I loved a 10-mile loop hike around Pinnacles National Park (including across the top of the namesake mountains), a walk to the Continental Divide in Colorado which took us to the source of the Colorado River (the same one that goes through the Grand Canyon), and the Hoh River Rain Forest trail in Washington.

Actually, since Herman mentions it, one of my favourite cities to go walking in is, well, Leiden. Antwerp's not bad, either, or Delft. We got lost in Haarlem, though.  ;D
Thanks! Thought it might make a change from Coronavirus etc. Lewes is very local and we drove past Glyndebourne today. There's a great circular walk from Glynde up to Mount Caburn and ending up on the golf course above Lewes.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on July 24, 2020, 04:19:59 PM
Nice! Is this where you mean Karl? How far can you walk?
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Yes, indeed.  At a guess, 5 miles.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Brian on July 24, 2020, 04:40:37 PM
Thanks! Thought it might make a change from Coronavirus etc. Lewes is very local and we drove past Glyndebourne today. There's a great circular walk from Glynde up to Mount Caburn and ending up on the golf course above Lewes.
Mount Caburn was part of my walk and when I was there, people were parasailing off the top onto the land below. A cool sight.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on July 25, 2020, 12:44:28 AM
Mount Caburn was part of my walk and when I was there, people were parasailing off the top onto the land below. A cool sight.
Oh yes, they also parasail near Firle Beacon which is somewhere else where I often go walking.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: kitsune on July 25, 2020, 05:28:18 AM
it's nowhere near as stunning as the previous entries, but I like walking in LaBagh Woods, in the Northwestern outskirts of Chicago

(https://i.imgur.com/Me5BPQO.jpg)
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Iota on July 25, 2020, 06:04:26 AM
There are so many great walks in and around London, many on the Thames alone. It's wonderful for example walking along from the South Bank to Southwark Cathedral, past the Tate Modern, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and the reconstruction of Francis Drake's Golden Hinde, with views across to the City and St Paul's, and ending up in one of the many excellent eateries around there. Or crossing Tower Bridge and down to St Katharine's Dock e.g. These walks are sadly going to be slightly different since coronavirus, as they are often buzzing with activity and people.

Some of the most spectacular 'walks' I had recently were in Yosemite National Park, California. The Porcupine Creek Trail springs to mind, where one emerges at the end, from dark, wooded slopes onto the heart-stoppingly glorious sight of Half Dome, Clouds Rest and plunging views of Yosemite Valley. All in brilliant sunshine when we were there.

(http://loomisadventures.com/sites/default/files/images/blog/north-dome-15-large-06.24.11.jpg)

Half Dome at the end of Porcupine Creek Trail (from the internet)


Another was through the woods around Wendover and Chequers, although the main appeal there, a pub in Wendover with excellent hamburgers, is long since closed.

Lots of nice walks around there in the Chilterns. Do you remember the name of the pub?
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on July 25, 2020, 06:33:27 AM
it's nowhere near as stunning as the previous entries, but I like walking in LaBagh Woods, in the Northwestern outskirts of Chicago(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/proxy/y6r3P_tsMdenjXbcISjHcaSRTu2j22dp5iAgHA_QEBQAXko_-v-rOLab_Nh-T-tVnKJbDtAkY9evc3oEMf65Z9VnZNgkNXaNr7hR-cwrPhFVQuuxZzHaCxQZ9XmTtVrkYgvohZgxoHL6kxgqaMdBkjLHDaPHuerShGElfJusqH8S6CYTk4PAK78)
Looks very nice to me.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on July 25, 2020, 06:40:15 AM
There are so many great walks in and around London, many on the Thames alone. It's wonderful for example walking along from the South Bank to Southwark Cathedral, past the Tate Modern, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and the reconstruction of Francis Drake's Golden Hinde, with views across to the City and St Paul's, and ending up in one of the many excellent eateries around there. Or crossing Tower Bridge and down to St Katharine's Dock e.g. These walks are sadly going to be slightly different since coronavirus, as they are often buzzing with activity and people.

Some of the most spectacular 'walks' I had recently were in Yosemite National Park, California. The Porcupine Creek Trail springs to mind, where one emerges at the end, from dark, wooded slopes onto the heart-stoppingly glorious sight of Half Dome, Clouds Rest and plunging views of Yosemite Valley. All in brilliant sunshine when we were there.

(http://loomisadventures.com/sites/default/files/images/blog/north-dome-15-large-06.24.11.jpg)

Half Dome at the end of Porcupine Creek Trail (from the internet)


Lots of nice walks around there in the Chilterns. Do you remember the name of the pub?
How great! Never (sadly) been to USA but I can relate very much to your London walks as I grew up in Central London (Earl's Court - according to myself and my brother and 'South Kensington' according to our parents) and I went to school very close to St Paul's, in Blackfriars. In my younger days I used to meet an old school friend at the school (by Blackfriars Bridge) and after playing 5-a-side football in the old school gym we'd go jogging along the Embankment and cross over either Westminster or Hungerford Bridge and return the other side of the River. Happy days!
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on July 25, 2020, 06:44:16 AM
The George Mitchell Nature Preserve which, perhaps ironically, was named after the guy who basically invented fracking.
Very nice. Thanks. Reminds me of some of my local walks.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Mirror Image on July 25, 2020, 06:51:38 AM
Is it a case that there aren't any volunteers to maintain the trail?

PD

I suppose so, PD. I haven’t walked this trail in probably 20 years or more.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on July 25, 2020, 07:22:34 AM
it's nowhere near as stunning as the previous entries, but I like walking in LaBagh Woods, in the Northwestern outskirts of Chicago(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/proxy/y6r3P_tsMdenjXbcISjHcaSRTu2j22dp5iAgHA_QEBQAXko_-v-rOLab_Nh-T-tVnKJbDtAkY9evc3oEMf65Z9VnZNgkNXaNr7hR-cwrPhFVQuuxZzHaCxQZ9XmTtVrkYgvohZgxoHL6kxgqaMdBkjLHDaPHuerShGElfJusqH8S6CYTk4PAK78)
Looks cool and inviting to me!  :)

PD
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on July 25, 2020, 07:31:20 AM
There are so many great walks in and around London, many on the Thames alone. It's wonderful for example walking along from the South Bank to Southwark Cathedral, past the Tate Modern, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and the reconstruction of Francis Drake's Golden Hinde, with views across to the City and St Paul's, and ending up in one of the many excellent eateries around there. Or crossing Tower Bridge and down to St Katharine's Dock e.g. These walks are sadly going to be slightly different since coronavirus, as they are often buzzing with activity and people.

Some of the most spectacular 'walks' I had recently were in Yosemite National Park, California. The Porcupine Creek Trail springs to mind, where one emerges at the end, from dark, wooded slopes onto the heart-stoppingly glorious sight of Half Dome, Clouds Rest and plunging views of Yosemite Valley. All in brilliant sunshine when we were there.

(http://loomisadventures.com/sites/default/files/images/blog/north-dome-15-large-06.24.11.jpg)

Half Dome at the end of Porcupine Creek Trail (from the internet)


Lots of nice walks around there in the Chilterns. Do you remember the name of the pub?
Haven't been to Yosemite before, but would love to go there.  I miss walking around London.  Haven't walked along the Thames before, but your walk sounds wonderful (including food)!   :)
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on July 25, 2020, 07:35:09 AM
The George Mitchell Nature Preserve which, perhaps ironically, was named after the guy who basically invented fracking.
Looks like you have the whole place to yourself?  :)

PD
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Brian on July 25, 2020, 09:18:39 AM

Lots of nice walks around there in the Chilterns. Do you remember the name of the pub?
The Village Gate. Unfortunately it was destroyed by fire. Only proper cheeseburger I had in my year of UK life, and also a spot where I chatted with a fellow who wasn't quite ready to go home to his wife and kids and somehow downed 7 pints during our conversation. As an American, I was called on to settle a bar argument - which politician was more attractive, Condoleezza or Hillary  ??? ??? ???
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Iota on July 25, 2020, 10:10:06 AM
I grew up in Central London (Earl's Court - according to myself and my brother and 'South Kensington' according to our parents)

Haha, great importance hangs by such distinctions!

I went to school very close to St Paul's, in Blackfriars. In my younger days I used to meet an old school friend at the school (by Blackfriars Bridge) and after playing 5-a-side football in the old school gym we'd go jogging along the Embankment and cross over either Westminster or Hungerford Bridge and return the other side of the River. Happy days!

That sounds like a really nice routine. Such rituals can inspire real fondness for me too, particularly when looked back on from some distance.


Haven't been to Yosemite before, but would love to go there.  I miss walking around London.  Haven't walked along the Thames before, but your walk sounds wonderful (including food)!   :)

Yes the food's a nice part of it! 8) Whether en famille, or just one or two of you, there's really a fantastic choice!

The Village Gate. Unfortunately it was destroyed by fire. Only proper cheeseburger I had in my year of UK life, and also a spot where I chatted with a fellow who wasn't quite ready to go home to his wife and kids and somehow downed 7 pints during our conversation.

Ah, not a pub I know/knew. The one I was trying to think of and couldn't when I was typing my post, was The Wellhead also in Wendover and which also closed. It had something of a 'Bohemian' reputation at one point.
I used to play squash with a guy, a few years older than me, who downed eight pints or more almost every night, for most of his drinking life! He's still going strong though and can regularly be seen riding around on his mountain bike! Though beer consumption has radically reduced ..

As an American, I was called on to settle a bar argument - which politician was more attractive, Condoleezza or Hillary  ??? ??? ???

A vital question after seven pints I imagine ..  ::)
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on July 25, 2020, 12:51:48 PM
The photo is perhaps 50 meters off the trail, and we pretty much have the place to ourselves there. Waling the usual 2.6 km loop we might encounter half a dozen people.

Our parks can look just like that, with a typical temperature of 37 centigrade. It feels cooler under the canopy of trees. I still come out drenched in sweat.
Ooh!  Ouch!  I'm feeling sunburnt already! And, yes, in the summertime, it's important to exercise/hike early in the morning...or a stroll after dinner.

PD
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on July 25, 2020, 02:42:24 PM
Actually we can complete the entire walk without being exposed to direct sunlight. Very dense canopy of trees. We just get steamed by the heat and humidity.
Do you try and go out early these days?
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on July 25, 2020, 09:22:54 PM
The Village Gate. Unfortunately it was destroyed by fire. Only proper cheeseburger I had in my year of UK life, and also a spot where I chatted with a fellow who wasn't quite ready to go home to his wife and kids and somehow downed 7 pints during our conversation. As an American, I was called on to settle a bar argument - which politician was more attractive, Condoleezza or Hillary  ??? ??? ???
Yes, it occurred to me that Mount Caburn near Glynde was a long way to come for a walk from Texas  8)
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on July 25, 2020, 09:31:09 PM
Haha, great importance hangs by such distinctions!

That sounds like a really nice routine. Such rituals can inspire real fondness for me too, particularly when looked back on from some distance.


Yes the food's a nice part of it! 8) Whether en famille, or just one or two of you, there's really a fantastic choice!

Ah, not a pub I know/knew. The one I was trying to think of and couldn't when I was typing my post, was The Wellhead also in Wendover and which also closed. It had something of a 'Bohemian' reputation at one point.
I used to play squash with a guy, a few years older than me, who downed eight pints or more almost every night, for most of his drinking life! He's still going strong though and can regularly be seen riding around on his mountain bike! Though beer consumption has radically reduced ..

A vital question after seven pints I imagine ..  ::)
Yes, those central London jogging excursions with my old school friend were very nice, especially when we ended up in a pub afterwards.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: MusicTurner on July 26, 2020, 12:09:44 AM
Some lovely entries here. I tend to cycle a lot, and such trips would be outside the thread's subject, but besides many, mostly one-time walks when abroad, I am currently in Zentral Zealand for some days, away from Copenhagen, and the Åmosen area near Jyderup has been quite a discovery, with traditional, undulating and rural Danish scenery along Jyderupstien/The Jyderup Hiking Path. The path in itself is 59 km, but there are many options besides that one.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on July 26, 2020, 07:47:25 AM
Some lovely entries here. I tend to cycle a lot, and such trips would be outside the thread's subject, but besides many, mostly one-time walks when abroad, I am currently in Zentral Zealand for some days, away from Copenhagen, and the Åmosen area near Jyderup has been quite a discovery, with traditional, undulating and rural Danish scenery along Jyderupstien/The Jyderup Hiking Path. The path in itself is 59 km, but there are many options besides that one.
Ah, I can hear Nielsen's music accompanying the landscape! I have taken up cycling again after a 40 year break, at the instigation of my wife. I have had some fairly traumatic experiences on a bike, not least being knocked off (not literally) my bike by a low flying Dutch military jet whilst working on a farm in Zeeland (NL) between school and university. Actually the jet gave me such a fright that I drove my bike off the road and into a dyke (ditch).
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: MusicTurner on July 26, 2020, 08:06:11 AM
Ah, I can hear Nielsen's music accompanying the landscape! I have taken up cycling again after a 40 year break, at the instigation of my wife. I have had some fairly traumatic experiences on a bike, not least being knocked off (not literally) my bike by a low flying Dutch military jet whilst working on a farm in Zeeland (NL) between school and university. Actually the jet gave me such a fright that I drove my bike off the road and into a dyke (ditch).

Ouch! I broke an elbow on a cobbled street in Kosice, Slovakia, once when cycling, and was also once torpedoed by an unconcentrated car driver just 50 m from my home address, but the resulting knee injuries didn't last, luckily. The pros outweigh the cons as regards cycling, I think - but with the new, fast and rather heavy electric bikes and scooters, the city traffic environment has become less safe and predictable at times ... walks are mostly safe when in safe terrain, and it isn't dark. But I might not be here to post, if an evening driver on that Italian road where I took a walk back in December had decided to cross the road, suddenly and very speedily to a sideroad, just 50 cm away from the route he actually took ...
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on July 26, 2020, 09:29:44 PM
Ouch! I broke an elbow on a cobbled street in Kosice, Slovakia, once when cycling, and was also once torpedoed by an unconcentrated car driver just 50 m from my home address, but the resulting knee injuries didn't last, luckily. The pros outweigh the cons as regards cycling, I think - but with the new, fast and rather heavy electric bikes and scooters, the city traffic environment has become less safe and predictable at times ... walks are mostly safe when in safe terrain, and it isn't dark. But I might not be here to post, if an evening driver on that Italian road where I took a walk back in December had decided to cross the road, suddenly and very speedily to a sideroad, just 50 cm away from the route he actually took ...
I tend to keep to special cycle routes where possible, although it often isn't in England. My wife is far more confident on a bike. My first experience of driving abroad (Italy) last year was very nerve-wracking for me.
I nearly turned my bike into a river in Austria some years ago after I set off with the handlebars the wrong way round and discovered that there was nothing where the breaks had once been. Instead I wobbled into a wall and fell off. My wife and daughter were besides themselves with laughter.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: kitsune on July 28, 2020, 06:13:53 AM
Looks cool and inviting to me!  :)

PD

It is; a part of the North branch of the Chicago River runs through the woods which attracts lots of deer and other wildlife. One of the last times I went I watched a mama deer and her faun grazing peacefully. :)
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Archaic Torso of Apollo on July 28, 2020, 06:36:57 AM
Whenever the weather permits, we like to walk to Lake Michigan, usually with the dog accompanying us. Summer:

(https://jwcdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/sunrise_beach_lake-Bluff.jpg)

Winter:

(https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn%3AANd9GcQLFV8YEAbUYAVPkjAU6cqJOn7JLty1bBZ6Ug&usqp=CAU)
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on July 28, 2020, 07:21:41 AM
It is; a part of the North branch of the Chicago River runs through the woods which attracts lots of deer and other wildlife. One of the last times I went I watched a mama deer and her faun grazing peacefully. :)
Sweet!  Trust that you spray & check yourself for ticks afterwards?  I've had several friends get Lyme disease...some with some really bad consequences as they diagnosed it quite late.  About a month or so ago, I happened to see a mom and her faun crossing the road headed to a quiet side street; I rarely see them in my area.  :) A sign of the times.  Though I did see a bear (around 200 lbs?) checking out my veggie garden a few days ago.  It (wisely) decided that my hot peppers were not really food [and thankfully, it didn't try to open up my new composter around the corner!].

PD
Whenever the weather permits, we like to walk to Lake Michigan, usually with the dog accompanying us. Summer:

(https://jwcdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/sunrise_beach_lake-Bluff.jpg)

Winter:

(https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn%3AANd9GcQLFV8YEAbUYAVPkjAU6cqJOn7JLty1bBZ6Ug&usqp=CAU)
Nice photos!  Looks very inviting!

PD
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on August 02, 2020, 08:13:12 AM
Whenever the weather permits, we like to walk to Lake Michigan, usually with the dog accompanying us. Summer:

(https://jwcdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/sunrise_beach_lake-Bluff.jpg)

Winter:

(https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn%3AANd9GcQLFV8YEAbUYAVPkjAU6cqJOn7JLty1bBZ6Ug&usqp=CAU)
Very nice images. Today I took this photo on an 8 mile walk locally, near Isfield, Sussex, UK. I was quite pleased with the photo:
(http://)
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on August 03, 2020, 01:54:52 AM
Lovely photo Jeffrey!
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on August 03, 2020, 11:16:01 AM
Lovely photo Jeffrey!
Yes PD it did come out better than expected, if I say so myself!
Thank you  :)
My wife said I should get it printed.
Hope all is well with you.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: DaveF on August 05, 2020, 11:44:49 AM
Great thread idea, Jeffrey, and I've only been slow to respond through having been away... walking...  Where we went, the Isles of Scilly (UK's only Covid-free region), there isn't a lot else to do and, lovely though it was, I don't think any walk there is going to turn into a favourite.  Too much sea for my taste - I don't mind a day or two of coastal walking, but after that it tends just to become more of the same.

Anyway, to your recommendation first: it's Pennine Way country, isn't it, or very nearly, so well known to me.  There's some great old mining country up the top of Nidderdale, too, and further north up around Nenthead.  (And a note to PD - thankfully, Poison Ivy is not found in the UK.  I read some nasty things about it a few years ago before going walking in the Appalachians, but didn't encounter any.)

And if I had one walk left to do before I died, it would be from Kinlochewe to Dundonnell in Wester Ross.  You can either go down the north side of Loch Maree to Letterewe, then over the top to Shenavall, or via the Heights of Kinlochewe to Loch an Nid.  Ideally a 2-day trip, during which it's possible to see no other human beings at all.  Either way, there's the inspiring sight of An Teallach's mighty peaks to keep you going, but the whole area contains a dozen or so above the 3000-foot mark.  I haven't been there for years, and just writing about it makes me long to get back.

And on a much gentler level, we have a pleasant 1-mile ramble from our new house that takes in a fairly impressive medieval motte:

(http://www.ecastles.co.uk/penrhos960a.jpg)
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on August 05, 2020, 11:50:08 AM
Great thread idea, Jeffrey, and I've only been slow to respond through having been away... walking...  Where we went, the Isles of Scilly (UK's only Covid-free region), there isn't a lot else to do and, lovely though it was, I don't think any walk there is going to turn into a favourite.  Too much sea for my taste - I don't mind a day or two of coastal walking, but after that it tends just to become more of the same.

Anyway, to your recommendation first: it's Pennine Way country, isn't it, or very nearly, so well known to me.  There's some great old mining country up the top of Nidderdale, too, and further north up around Nenthead.  (And a note to PD - thankfully, Poison Ivy is not found in the UK.  I read some nasty things about it a few years ago before going walking in the Appalachians, but didn't encounter any.)

And if I had one walk left to do before I died, it would be from Kinlochewe to Dundonnell in Wester Ross.  You can either go down the north side of Loch Maree to Letterewe, then over the top to Shenavall, or via the Heights of Kinlochewe to Loch an Nid.  Ideally a 2-day trip, during which it's possible to see no other human beings at all.  Either way, there's the inspiring sight of An Teallach's mighty peaks to keep you going, but the whole area contains a dozen or so above the 3000-foot mark.  I haven't been there for years, and just writing about it makes me long to get back.

And on a much gentler level, we have a pleasant 1-mile ramble from our new house that takes in a fairly impressive medieval motte:

(http://www.ecastles.co.uk/penrhos960a.jpg)
Thank you for the information regarding poison ivy NOT being in the UK as I'm allergic to it!  And what a cool photo!  Hope that you are enjoying your new home Dave.

Best wishes,

PD
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: steve ridgway on August 08, 2020, 07:33:19 PM
Thank you for the information regarding poison ivy NOT being in the UK as I'm allergic to it!  And what a cool photo!  Hope that you are enjoying your new home Dave.

Best wishes,

PD

Yes that looks like a great default walk when you’re not able to travel further :).
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: steve ridgway on August 08, 2020, 07:45:34 PM
We’re currently spending a lot of time at this bioscience office park which has beautiful and varied woods away from the offices, a sunny pond with benches where we sit and have our picnic or in a shelter with tables if it’s raining. It’s a 25 minute drive from home to where we park at an old church 5 minutes walk away, starting about 7:45 so we generally have it all to ourselves :D.

 https://www.alderleypark.co.uk/ (https://www.alderleypark.co.uk/)
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Dry Brett Kavanaugh on August 09, 2020, 06:25:17 AM
In these difficult times we have been encouraged to get out of doors and walk for exercise. Where do you like walking? My favourite walk is a ten mile walk from Gunnerside, a village in N.Yorkshire in the North of England where I have spent numerous holidays from age 19. The Yorkshire Dales is my favourite location in England, especially due to the great contrast between the bleak and rugged scenery at the top,of the dales and the pastoral landscapes in the valley bottoms. There are quite a few abandoned lead mines in the area, so the walk is full of history as well:
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Jeffrey, this is so beautiful! I will check some pics on Goole Map.
I jog 2 miles every morning, but it’s an average residential area.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: steve ridgway on August 09, 2020, 07:09:40 PM
Jeffrey, this is so beautiful! I will check some pics on Goole Map.
I jog 2 miles every morning, but it’s an average residential area.

Ah, Goole  :-*

Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on August 09, 2020, 11:43:08 PM
Great thread idea, Jeffrey, and I've only been slow to respond through having been away... walking...  Where we went, the Isles of Scilly (UK's only Covid-free region), there isn't a lot else to do and, lovely though it was, I don't think any walk there is going to turn into a favourite.  Too much sea for my taste - I don't mind a day or two of coastal walking, but after that it tends just to become more of the same.

Anyway, to your recommendation first: it's Pennine Way country, isn't it, or very nearly, so well known to me.  There's some great old mining country up the top of Nidderdale, too, and further north up around Nenthead.  (And a note to PD - thankfully, Poison Ivy is not found in the UK.  I read some nasty things about it a few years ago before going walking in the Appalachians, but didn't encounter any.)

And if I had one walk left to do before I died, it would be from Kinlochewe to Dundonnell in Wester Ross.  You can either go down the north side of Loch Maree to Letterewe, then over the top to Shenavall, or via the Heights of Kinlochewe to Loch an Nid.  Ideally a 2-day trip, during which it's possible to see no other human beings at all.  Either way, there's the inspiring sight of An Teallach's mighty peaks to keep you going, but the whole area contains a dozen or so above the 3000-foot mark.  I haven't been there for years, and just writing about it makes me long to get back.

And on a much gentler level, we have a pleasant 1-mile ramble from our new house that takes in a fairly impressive medieval motte:

(http://www.ecastles.co.uk/penrhos960a.jpg)
Great photo Dave and interesting walk observations. Yes, Gunnerside is near Pennine Way country. Actually I walked the whole of the Pennine Way with my brother in 1979. It took three weeks - probably the best holiday that I ever had. My wife's grandparents lived in Nidderdale and we would often visit there. Her grandmother dies a few year's ago aged 103. Your local walk looks very nice and I share PD's liking for the photo.
(http://)
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Dry Brett Kavanaugh on August 10, 2020, 01:19:21 PM
I visit Tokyo and Kyoto almost every year. Over-there, I jog 2-3 miles every morning.
The pics of my jog route in Kyoto here.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Dry Brett Kavanaugh on August 10, 2020, 01:20:22 PM
Kyoto jog No. 2.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: steve ridgway on August 11, 2020, 04:24:48 AM
Nice, is it busy when you do that jog?
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Dry Brett Kavanaugh on August 11, 2020, 04:50:44 AM
Nice, is it busy when you do that jog?

It’s a tourist area packed with tons of people from many countries.
I jog before 9am and it’s not bad.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on August 16, 2020, 06:01:31 AM
We are staying near Glastonbury for a week. Today's walk was from where we are staying to the top of Glastonbury Tor and then on to Glastonbury Abbey, where King Arthur is allegedly buried - very Arthurian!
(http://)
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: MusicTurner on August 16, 2020, 06:09:29 AM
Kyoto jog No. 2.

Very nice. Yes, parts of Kyoto, especially in the area of the temple districts, have a surprisingly green and very relaxed environment. We have  stayed in those areas when visiting, and IMO it is to be preferred, if possible.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on August 16, 2020, 06:16:05 AM
Glastonbury Abbey
(http://)
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on August 16, 2020, 06:18:18 AM
'King Arthur's' Tomb, Glastonbury Abbey
(http://)
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Dry Brett Kavanaugh on August 16, 2020, 06:34:04 AM
Very nice. Yes, parts of Kyoto, especially in the area of the temple districts, have a surprisingly green and very relaxed environment. We have  stayed in those areas when visiting, and IMO it is to be preferred, if possible.

Many tourists in Kyoto are upperclass/intellectual people from all over the world. I met composers, conductors, writers, psychiatrists, etc. it is a favorite city of David Bowie, Anne-Sophie Mutter, and others. The price is higher than Tokyo/New York though.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Dry Brett Kavanaugh on August 16, 2020, 06:34:49 AM
Glastonbury Abbey
(http://)

Wow! I am envious.  :) :)
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on August 16, 2020, 06:46:29 AM
Wow! I am envious.  :) :)
It was fun and we enjoyed being steeped in Arthuiran legend for the day!
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: MusicTurner on August 16, 2020, 08:38:22 AM
Many tourists in Kyoto are upperclass/intellectual people from all over the world. I met composers, conductors, writers, psychiatrists, etc. it is a favorite city of David Bowie, Anne-Sophie Mutter, and others. The price is higher than Tokyo/New York though.

We just stayed at modest B&Bs twice, breakfast included, run by expats, & generally didn't spend a lot of money; such places might be more expensive now. I'm pretty sure it was around or less than 100 Euros/night for two people. This was around a decade ago. Flights to Osaka were down to around 500 Euros return from Copenhagen. Bikes were ridiculously cheap to rent & we felt comfortable going around the quieter parts of the city on them. But: though it's The Land of the Rising Sun, it's also The Country of Low-placed Bike Saddles :)
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on August 16, 2020, 09:08:31 AM
Yesterday we walked around Wells and visited the cathedral, now opened once again. On Tuesday evening there is a free organ recital By Barry Rose of Guildford Cathedral which we might try to get to. I have a recording of him doing Vaughan Williams's 'Fantasia on Christmas Carols':

Interior of Cathedral with 'Scissors Arch':
(http://)
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Dry Brett Kavanaugh on August 16, 2020, 09:11:23 AM
Yesterday we walked around Wells and visited the cathedral, now opened once again. On Tuesday evening there is a free organ recital By Barry Rose of Guildford Cathedral which we might try to get to. I have a recording of him doing Vaughan Williams's 'Fantasia on Christmas Carols':
(http://)

Late Gothic- my favorite architecture. Built around the 15th-16th century perhaps?
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: MusicTurner on August 16, 2020, 09:26:16 AM
Yesterday we walked around Wells and visited the cathedral, now opened once again. On Tuesday evening there is a free organ recital By Barry Rose of Guildford Cathedral which we might try to get to. I have a recording of him doing Vaughan Williams's 'Fantasia on Christmas Carols':

Interior of Cathedral with 'Scissors Arch':
(http://)

Looks glorious. I once did a bike+camping tour westwards from London, but weather was often poor. Stopped at Bath, Wells, Glastonbury and Yeovil etc. too, but reached only Minehead as the westernmost poin, so didn't reach Cornwall ... :(. As far as I remember, I stayed at a camp site near Wokey Hole.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on August 16, 2020, 01:43:31 PM
It’s a tourist area packed with tons of people from many countries.
I jog before 9am and it’s not bad.
Kyoto is a beautiful area (and also lots of amazing artists live there--beautiful work....*traditional and natural indigo dying and more)..so much to see and appreciate...temples, etc.  Would love to go back there.  Do you have relatives there and/or friends?

*I purchased some gorgeous pieces from a wonderful and rightfully renowned artist there at one point in time...still enjoying them.   :)
Best wishes,

PD
We are staying near Glastonbury for a week. Today's walk was from where we are staying to the top of Glastonbury Tor and then on to Glastonbury Abbey, where King Arthur is allegedly buried - very Arthurian!

Nice Jeffrey!  I'm glad that you are enjoying your visit.  Would love to check out these areas/sites/towns someday!

PD
(http://)

Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on August 16, 2020, 01:45:31 PM
It was fun and we enjoyed being steeped in Arthuiran legend for the day!

A friend took me to the supposed "Knights of the Round Table" some years ago.  :)

PD
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on August 16, 2020, 10:11:52 PM
Late Gothic- my favorite architecture. Built around the 15th-16th century perhaps?

Between 1176 and 1450
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wells_Cathedral
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on August 16, 2020, 10:17:23 PM
Looks glorious. I once did a bike+camping tour westwards from London, but weather was often poor. Stopped at Bath, Wells, Glastonbury and Yeovil etc. too, but reached only Minehead as the westernmost poin, so didn't reach Cornwall ... :(. As far as I remember, I stayed at a camp site near Wokey Hole.
How very nice! Weather a bit variably but much better than the unbearable heat of last week. We kept dry on our c.7 mile walk from the farm we are staying at to the top of Glastonbury Tor and then to the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey yesterday. I studied in Exeter for a year and have very good friends in Shaftesbury, but don't ever recall coming here before. There's a very friendly donkey called 'Arthur' on the farm where we are staying to whom we fee carrots (with the owner's permission).
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Post by: vandermolen on August 16, 2020, 10:19:06 PM
A friend took me to the supposed "Knights of the Round Table" some years ago.  :)

PD

Yes and of course there is Tintagel in Cornwall, the subject on Bax's famous orchestral tone poem.
(http://)
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: MusicTurner on August 16, 2020, 10:25:18 PM
How very nice! Weather a bit variably but much better than the unbearable heat of last week. We kept dry on our c.7 mile walk from the farm we are staying at to the top of Glastonbury Tor and then to the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey yesterday. I studied in Exeter for a year and have very good friends in Shaftesbury, but don't ever recall coming here before. There's a very friendly donkey called 'Arthur' on the farm where we are staying to whom we fee carrots (with the owner's permission).

That sounds perfect 😄 - it must be a very enjoyable time for you.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on August 17, 2020, 01:33:16 AM
How very nice! Weather a bit variably but much better than the unbearable heat of last week. We kept dry on our c.7 mile walk from the farm we are staying at to the top of Glastonbury Tor and then to the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey yesterday. I studied in Exeter for a year and have very good friends in Shaftesbury, but don't ever recall coming here before. There's a very friendly donkey called 'Arthur' on the farm where we are staying to whom we fee carrots (with the owner's permission).
Makes both the donkey and you happy and feeling good!  :)

Cooler here too (with a spot of rain yesterday; it felt sooo good!  And nice cool morning here today....ahhh!

Would love to visit Tintagal someday.

PD
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: steve ridgway on August 17, 2020, 03:51:03 AM
We are staying near Glastonbury for a week. Today's walk was from where we are staying to the top of Glastonbury Tor and then on to Glastonbury Abbey, where King Arthur is allegedly buried - very Arthurian!

Sounds nice, very wise of you not to go abroad :).
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Dry Brett Kavanaugh on August 17, 2020, 05:14:34 AM
Kyoto is a beautiful area (and also lots of amazing artists live there--beautiful work....*traditional and natural indigo dying and more)..so much to see and appreciate...temples, etc.  Would love to go back there.  Do you have relatives there and/or friends?

*I purchased some gorgeous pieces from a wonderful and rightfully renowned artist there at one point in time...still enjoying them.   :)
Best wishes,

PD

I have friends and relatives in Tokyo. But mostly every year, I take a bullet train to Kyoto (2hrs) and stay there about a week. Yes many artists live there. Also there are several classical music cafe bars. The North side of Kyoto is popular, but the South side has many nice Zen temples and good family restaurants, and it is less pricy.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on August 17, 2020, 10:23:22 PM
Yesterday we did a six mile walk around the top of the Cheddar (as in the cheese) Gorge. It was very up and down but good exercise with added drama when my wife lost her mobile phone en route (a kind member of the public heard it ringing in a bush and returned it to her). It looked like a tropical storm was going to break out when I reached the top (a long way behind my wife, as usual) but we managed to miss it:
(http://)
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: MusicTurner on August 18, 2020, 12:08:22 AM
That photo is top-notch!
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Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on August 18, 2020, 01:59:57 AM
That photo is top-notch!
+1!

And what a wonderful spot that would be to paint too!

Jeffrey,

So glad that she managed to get her phone back.  How did that manage to happen?  Was she asking everyone she bumped into along the way?

PD

p.s.  I'd bring that to a place that does digital printing (if they still exist?) and/or buy some good quality photograph stock and print it at home.  And then frame it with pride.   :)
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on August 18, 2020, 10:35:36 AM
That photo is top-notch!
Thanks although not my photo - found on the Internet.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on August 18, 2020, 10:38:46 AM
+1!

And what a wonderful spot that would be to paint too!

Jeffrey,

So glad that she managed to get her phone back.  How did that manage to happen?  Was she asking everyone she bumped into along the way?

PD

p.s.  I'd bring that to a place that does digital printing (if they still exist?) and/or buy some good quality photograph stock and print it at home.  And then frame it with pride.   :)
I phoned her mobile and someone happened to hear it in a bush! She headed back to where she was last aware of using it (to tell me to get a move on of course   ::)) but in the meantime I heard that a mobile had been found and then someone came along with it.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on August 18, 2020, 10:41:53 AM
I phoned her mobile and someone happened to hear it in a bush! She headed back to where she was last aware of using it (to tell me to get a move on of course   ::)) but in the meantime I heard that a mobile had been found and then someone came along with it.
Ah, smart thinking!   :)
Thanks although not my photo - found on the Internet.
Hmmm...well, perhaps future inspiration then for you re photographing there?   ;)
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Scion7 on August 18, 2020, 11:08:28 AM
When I am not astral-travelling to Pluto:
(https://i.postimg.cc/Hk3FBMj9/plutonian-Surface.jpg)


I walk in the lane to feed the deer:
(https://i.postimg.cc/N0cL7W9H/000-0005.jpg)


Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on August 18, 2020, 12:34:18 PM
When I am not astral-travelling to Pluto:
(https://i.postimg.cc/Hk3FBMj9/plutonian-Surface.jpg)


I walk in the lane to feed the deer:
(https://i.postimg.cc/N0cL7W9H/000-0005.jpg)
We have local deers as well.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on August 18, 2020, 12:58:53 PM
This is a genuine photo from myself, its authenticity guaranteed by the fact that I've also photographed the cover of my mobile phone case (additional black arch at top). The photo is at Wells Cathedral and that is my wife through the archway:
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Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on August 18, 2020, 01:02:24 PM
When I am not astral-travelling to Pluto:
(https://i.postimg.cc/Hk3FBMj9/plutonian-Surface.jpg)


I walk in the lane to feed the deer:
(https://i.postimg.cc/N0cL7W9H/000-0005.jpg)
Hi Scion7,

Um, it's sweet that you care about the deer.  Are they starving where you live?  I love nature, animals, etc., but that's possibly (and sorry, I hate to say this) mucking up things re the balance and more?  In my country, deer are in some areas very plentiful and have become serious pests...becoming too used to humans (which wild animals shouldn't become under normal circumstances) and can help spreading things like the very debilidating Lyme Disease and leaving them at a risk of being too trusting of humans too.  And, I'm truly asking this kindly, are they o.k. on their own?  It sounds like you're a very caring person?  Perhaps, instead, look to helping/volunteering at a local wildlife institute?  :)  Pardon, not trying to hurt your feelings, but I'm trying to help to make your efforts matter (as best that I can...I'm certainly no expert).  I just want your love of wildlife to matter.   :)

Best wishes,

PD
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on August 18, 2020, 01:03:48 PM
This is a genuine photo from myself, its authenticity guaranteed by the fact that I've also photographed the cover of my mobile phone case (additional black arch at top). The photo is at Wells Cathedral and that is my wife through the archway:
(http://)
;D
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Andante on August 19, 2020, 02:12:22 AM
Any walk would be a joy for me as I have just developed a back problem that has put me on crutches but fingers crossed it wont be permanent ...
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on August 19, 2020, 02:36:41 AM
Any walk would be a joy for me as I have just developed a back problem that has put me on crutches but fingers crossed it wont be permanent ...
Very sorry to hear that!  Hope that you heal quickly.   :)

PD
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Andante on August 19, 2020, 01:42:16 PM
Very sorry to hear that!  Hope that you heal quickly.   :)

PD

Thank you, most kind.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: greg on August 22, 2020, 08:45:40 AM
I visit Tokyo and Kyoto almost every year. Over-there, I jog 2-3 miles every morning.
The pics of my jog route in Kyoto here.
Here's a view of the city of Kyoto.
(https://scontent-dfw5-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/42194692_10156648082251240_7292207663713091584_o.jpg?_nc_cat=107&_nc_sid=cdbe9c&_nc_ohc=Avl7z17wIPIAX8RY3_c&_nc_ht=scontent-dfw5-2.xx&oh=fed11967d47c5d50963c70af24cf9e08&oe=5F67E271)

Which direction might your jog be? Left or right?


As for favorite walks, this will do:
(https://scontent-dfw5-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/42275843_10156648082991240_2071045247449694208_o.jpg?_nc_cat=100&_nc_sid=cdbe9c&_nc_ohc=KsaejJczxkgAX9MVzsB&_nc_ht=scontent-dfw5-2.xx&oh=56320b37e28e43f34aae82e3f321a218&oe=5F675D3A)
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Post by: Dry Brett Kavanaugh on August 22, 2020, 09:42:30 AM
Here's a view of the city of Kyoto.
(https://scontent-dfw5-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/42194692_10156648082251240_7292207663713091584_o.jpg?_nc_cat=107&_nc_sid=cdbe9c&_nc_ohc=Avl7z17wIPIAX8RY3_c&_nc_ht=scontent-dfw5-2.xx&oh=fed11967d47c5d50963c70af24cf9e08&oe=5F67E271)

Which direction might your jog be? Left or right?


As for favorite walks, this will do:
(https://scontent-dfw5-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/42275843_10156648082991240_2071045247449694208_o.jpg?_nc_cat=100&_nc_sid=cdbe9c&_nc_ohc=KsaejJczxkgAX9MVzsB&_nc_ht=scontent-dfw5-2.xx&oh=56320b37e28e43f34aae82e3f321a218&oe=5F675D3A)

😍😍😍

I usually jog around Imperial Palace, Heian Shrine and Maruyama Park.
The pic below is a Matcha ice cream in Kyoto.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on August 23, 2020, 09:49:23 PM
Any walk would be a joy for me as I have just developed a back problem that has put me on crutches but fingers crossed it wont be permanent ...
I hope not and hope that you are out walking again soon.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on August 23, 2020, 09:51:33 PM
Here's a view of the city of Kyoto.
(https://scontent-dfw5-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/42194692_10156648082251240_7292207663713091584_o.jpg?_nc_cat=107&_nc_sid=cdbe9c&_nc_ohc=Avl7z17wIPIAX8RY3_c&_nc_ht=scontent-dfw5-2.xx&oh=fed11967d47c5d50963c70af24cf9e08&oe=5F67E271)

Which direction might your jog be? Left or right?


As for favorite walks, this will do:
(https://scontent-dfw5-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/42275843_10156648082991240_2071045247449694208_o.jpg?_nc_cat=100&_nc_sid=cdbe9c&_nc_ohc=KsaejJczxkgAX9MVzsB&_nc_ht=scontent-dfw5-2.xx&oh=56320b37e28e43f34aae82e3f321a218&oe=5F675D3A)
Great photos + DBK's ice cream shot. :)
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Dry Brett Kavanaugh on August 24, 2020, 06:25:54 PM
According to her FB post today, Ms. AS Mutter is hiking Alps now. I guess/hope she has recovered from Covid19.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Dry Brett Kavanaugh on August 24, 2020, 06:26:23 PM
No. 2
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: MusicTurner on August 24, 2020, 08:27:49 PM
According to her FB post today, Ms. AS Mutter is hiking Alps now. I guess/hope she has recovered from Covid19.

Nice.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on August 24, 2020, 10:20:21 PM
According to her FB post today, Ms. AS Mutter is hiking Alps now. I guess/hope she has recovered from Covid19.
Good to hear. It looks like a scene from 'The Sound of Music'. She doesn't seem to be in hiking gear  ;D
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Andante on August 25, 2020, 02:04:52 AM
I hope not and hope that you are out walking again soon.
 
Thank you sir, you are most kind all I can say is that growing old is not for the faint hearted.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Dry Brett Kavanaugh on August 25, 2020, 06:26:10 AM
She doesn't seem to be in hiking gear  ;D

😄😄😄

The below is her message Yesterday:

The Austrian Alps – my favorite place by far …
Hiking here is such a present – as will be to finally perform again soon!! The Wildpark in Aurach is a magical place. Look at these flowers! And one more of these Austrian desserts and my dirndl is going to explode 😀
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on August 25, 2020, 07:57:43 AM
 
Thank you sir, you are most kind all I can say is that growing old is not for the faint hearted.
Yes, I can relate to that!
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on August 25, 2020, 08:01:32 AM
😄😄😄

The below is her message Yesterday:

The Austrian Alps – my favorite place by far …
Hiking here is such a present – as will be to finally perform again soon!! The Wildpark in Aurach is a magical place. Look at these flowers! And one more of these Austrian desserts and my dirndl is going to explode 😀

I have had two lovely holidays hiking in the Austrian Alps. Including getting stuck in the revolving door of our hotel, with my rucksack, on two consecutive days. On the second occasion a fellow hotel guest jumped up and announced 'Did you see that? He did the same thing yesterday!' Presumably he thought that I'd been employed by the hotel to provide the comic entertainment for fellow guests.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on August 25, 2020, 08:45:04 AM
I have had two lovely holidays hiking in the Austrian Alps. Including getting stuck in the revolving door of our hotel, with my rucksack, on two consecutive days. On the second occasion a fellow hotel guest jumped up and announced 'Did you see that? He did the same thing yesterday!' Presumably he thought that I'd been employed by the hotel to provide the comic entertainment for fellow guests.
Oh, no! lol So, I'm guessing that the next time, you decided to take your sack off of your back before going through the door?  I'm guessing that that was the issue?  ;)

Love her comment about the Austrian desserts...made me laugh!  Though to be fair, I'll have to watch it with tart baking; even though they are savory, there's a goodly bit of butter in the crusts and cheese of some sort (goat cheese lately) in the filling!  :(

PD
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Dry Brett Kavanaugh on August 25, 2020, 05:47:11 PM
I have had two lovely holidays hiking in the Austrian Alps. Including getting stuck in the revolving door of our hotel, with my rucksack, on two consecutive days. On the second occasion a fellow hotel guest jumped up and announced 'Did you see that? He did the same thing yesterday!' Presumably he thought that I'd been employed by the hotel to provide the comic entertainment for fellow guests.

I don’t like revolving doors. They make me dizzy. There are scenes of people stuck in revolving doors in numerous movies. In Godfather, one of Mafia dons was shot in a revolving door.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on August 26, 2020, 01:45:53 AM
I don’t like revolving doors. They make me dizzy. There are scenes of people stuck in revolving doors in numerous movies. In Godfather, one of Mafia dons was shot in a revolving door.
Careful now!  You'll be making Jeffrey even more paranoid about going through revolving doors!  ;)

PD
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on August 26, 2020, 02:26:50 AM
Careful now!  You'll be making Jeffrey even more paranoid about going through revolving doors!  ;)

PD

 ;D

That was the same holiday during which I set off on my bicycle with the handlebars the wrong way round, crashed into a wall and toppled off, whilst my wife and daughter looked on in a state of hysterical laughter.

My daughter loves telling everyone about 'The Austrian Bike Ride' it has become a legendary event in family history.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: MusicTurner on August 26, 2020, 03:56:30 AM
Good to hear. It looks like a scene from 'The Sound of Music'. She doesn't seem to be in hiking gear  ;D

On many routes, they mostly put on the hiking gear for indicating hiking; usually, it's not really necessary, since everything is pretty well-organized and neat, facilities good, etc. So she has just chosen one type of traditional dress in stead of another ;D
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on August 26, 2020, 04:06:01 AM
;D

That was the same holiday during which I set off on my bicycle with the handlebars the wrong way round, crashed into a wall and toppled off, whilst my wife and daughter looked on in a state of hysterical laughter.

My daughter loves telling everyone about 'The Austrian Bike Ride' it has become a legendary event in family history.
Poor Jeffrey!
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: MusicTurner on August 31, 2020, 12:46:11 PM
A great weekend break to hitherto unvisited areas in the Jutland region, staying at the excellent Pallisgaard B&B near Struer town, resulted in selected walks in some unusually grand landscapes, by Danish standards - the Toftum Bjerge fiord viewpoint; the Bovbjerg Fyr lighthouse sandy coast by the North Sea; the Hald Sø lake; and the Hanklit coastal hills on Mors island.

A really refreshing trip.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on September 01, 2020, 02:58:48 AM
Looks inviting MT!
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Dry Brett Kavanaugh on September 01, 2020, 07:37:32 AM
A great weekend break to hitherto unvisited areas in the Jutland region, staying at the excellent Pallisgaard B&B near Struer town, resulted in selected walks in some unusually grand landscapes, by Danish standards - the Toftum Bjerge fiord viewpoint; the Bovbjerg Fyr lighthouse sandy coast by the North Sea; the Hald Sø lake; and the Hanklit coastal hills on Mors island.

A really refreshing trip.

Great places!  Beautiful.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: MusicTurner on September 01, 2020, 09:22:09 AM
Thank you, we really enjoyed it.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: (: premont :) on September 01, 2020, 12:32:28 PM
A great weekend break to hitherto unvisited areas in the Jutland region, staying at the excellent Pallisgaard B&B near Struer town, resulted in selected walks in some unusually grand landscapes, by Danish standards - the Toftum Bjerge fiord viewpoint; the Bovbjerg Fyr lighthouse sandy coast by the North Sea; the Hald Sø lake; and the Hanklit coastal hills on Mors island.

A really refreshing trip.

Nice pictures, Music Turner, displaying the athmosphere of the locations very well. When younger I lived in this area for about a dozen years and used of course the opportunity to visit much of the landscape.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: MusicTurner on September 01, 2020, 12:43:37 PM
Nice pictures, Music Turner, displaying the athmosphere of the locations very well. When younger I lived in this area for about a dozen years and used of course the opportunity to visit much of the landscape.

Tak.
If there are/were other places there you've found particularly rewarding, it would be nice hearing about it. I could see myself paying a visit again.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on September 14, 2020, 09:45:57 PM
On Sunday my wife and I did a 7.5 mile walk to Cissbury Ring on the South Downs. It is an ancient hill fort. I always associate these kinds of places with the music of John Ireland who lived locally (in a windmill). Photo from Internet:
(http://)
There's some information about it here.
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cissbury-ring
The good thing about this walk is that the route is very clear so, unusually for us, we didn't get lost.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Andante on September 15, 2020, 02:34:15 AM
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On Sunday my wife and I did a 7.5 mile walk to Cissbury Ring on the South Downs. It is an ancient hill fort. I always associate these kinds of places with the music of John Ireland who lived locally (in a windmill). Photo from Internet:
(http://)
There's some information about it here.
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cissbury-ring
The good thing about this walk is that the route is very clear so, unusually for us, we didn't get lost.

This takes me back to my school years in England we did a school trip to south England and visited a hill fort called Maiden Castle in Dorset dates back to the iron age I think and parts go back to Neolithic man, oh those were the days mad impetuous  youth.  :)
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Biffo on September 15, 2020, 02:51:00 AM
This takes me back to my school years in England we did a school trip to south England and visited a hill fort called Maiden Castle in Dorset dates back to the iron age I think and parts go back to Neolithic man, oh those were the days mad impetuous  youth.  :)

Maiden Castle inspired Ireland's work Mai-Dun
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on September 15, 2020, 04:08:54 AM
On Sunday my wife and I did a 7.5 mile walk to Cissbury Ring on the South Downs. It is an ancient hill fort. I always associate these kinds of places with the music of John Ireland who lived locally (in a windmill). Photo from Internet:
(http://)
There's some information about it here.
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cissbury-ring
The good thing about this walk is that the route is very clear so, unusually for us, we didn't get lost.
Nice!  Did you see the ponies at work there Jeffrey?   :)

PD
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on September 15, 2020, 07:36:15 AM
Nice!  Did you see the ponies at work there Jeffrey?   :)

PD

I did indeed PD although I'm not sure they were 'at work' unless that definition includes their clear interest in each other!  :o We sat at the top of the hill fort with our backs to the ponies, who suddenly seemed rather interested in our packed lunch!
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on September 15, 2020, 07:37:29 AM
This takes me back to my school years in England we did a school trip to south England and visited a hill fort called Maiden Castle in Dorset dates back to the iron age I think and parts go back to Neolithic man, oh those were the days mad impetuous  youth.  :)

Nice! Where did you go to school?
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Andante on September 15, 2020, 12:59:32 PM
Nice! Where did you go to school?

A boy’s boarding school just outside of Cleobury Mortimer in Shropshire nothing elete just a normal school for boys only. 
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on September 15, 2020, 03:47:20 PM
I did indeed PD although I'm not sure they were 'at work' unless that definition includes their clear interest in each other!  :o We sat at the top of the hill fort with our backs to the ponies, who suddenly seemed rather interested in our packed lunch!
lol  :) I suspect that they might have been fed some bits of apple and carrots by some there?  Or maybe 'at home'?  Reading about them on the website, I wondered if perhaps a few goats might be helpful in some of the more awkward to reach areas?

Is the rampart fairly steep and/or high?  Hard to tell by the photo.  And interesting to read that it was used even as late as WWII!

Best,

PD

p.s.  Nothing too exciting around here....though (whilst on a short walk with a friend), we spied several herons flying by.  The other day, I also looked up and saw two red-tailed hawks flying over a local building (circling)....that made my day!  :)
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on September 15, 2020, 10:40:40 PM
A boy’s boarding school just outside of Cleobury Mortimer in Shropshire nothing elete just a normal school for boys only.
Interesting. Thanks
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Andante on September 16, 2020, 01:33:45 AM
Maiden Castle inspired Ireland's work Mai-Dun
 

Thanks for that Biffo I had no idea
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on September 16, 2020, 10:04:55 AM
 

Thanks for that Biffo I had no idea

It's one of my favourite works by Ireland along with 'The Forgotten Rite'
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: MN Dave on September 16, 2020, 11:27:01 AM
Off a short pier.  8)
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: MusicTurner on September 19, 2020, 09:26:11 AM
On this the last day on the island of Møn, it was time to re-visit parts of the famous walk along the ridges of the white, forested cliffs, rising up to 120 m from the blue and green sea. They are mostly beech forests. Weather was beautiful too. There's a chalet and a park from the 18-19th century there, 'Liselund', with various follies and a path down to the stony beach below. They've now introduced picturesque herds of goats in the hills too, giving an almost South-European impression. One of the best scenic spots in the country. Did about 1/3 of the total hiking route.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: krummholz on September 19, 2020, 02:31:45 PM
On this the last day on the island of Møn, it was time to re-visit parts of the famous walk along the ridges of the white, forested cliffs, rising up to 120 m from the blue and green sea. They are mostly beech forests. Weather was beautiful too. There's a chalet and a park from the 18-19th century there, 'Liselund', with various folies and a path down to the stony beach below. They've now installed picturesque herds of goats in the hills too, giving an almost South-European impression. One of the best scenic spots in the country. Did about 1/3 of the total hiking route.

Beautiful, MT. :)

Myself, I enjoy hiking in the Green Mountains here in Vermont, though this summer I've done precious little, partly due to prepping for online classes and partly due to racing to finish my latest piece before classes started. Mostly I have been limited to local hikes. From my house I can leave town on foot and hike up into the hill country to the east, covered with mixed New England forests (oak, maple, ash, birch, and several different species of conifers). Unfortunately the Green Mountains require a car to get to, but they're quite inspiring with 3 summits that stick up above timberline. The Worcester Range is also very beautiful and rugged, makes for challenging hiking even in dry weather.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: MusicTurner on September 19, 2020, 11:58:10 PM
The Vermont forests, especially in Autumn, are definitely one of the places I'd like to see if visiting the Northern US; also, you have the reputation for lovely, rural landscapes, and low-key neighbourhoods, as a contrast to the biggest cities. I've only been to New York, but hope to maybe-maybe visit in the future ... I guess some cycling is even an option there too, in the easier valleys etc. Nice with the mentioning of some of your favourites.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on September 20, 2020, 12:04:34 AM
On this the last day on the island of Møn, it was time to re-visit parts of the famous walk along the ridges of the white, forested cliffs, rising up to 120 m from the blue and green sea. They are mostly beech forests. Weather was beautiful too. There's a chalet and a park from the 18-19th century there, 'Liselund', with various follies and a path down to the stony beach below. They've now introduced picturesque herds of goats in the hills too, giving an almost South-European impression. One of the best scenic spots in the country. Did about 1/3 of the total hiking route.
Beautiful images. Where is the Island of Møn?

Yesterday, on a local walk, I came across the grave of former Prime Minister Harold MacMillan:
Some parts of the church at Horsted Keynes go back to the 12th Century.

(http://)
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: krummholz on September 20, 2020, 05:58:31 AM
The Vermont forests, especially in Autumn, are definitely one of the places I'd like to see if visiting the Northern US; also, you have the reputation for lovely, rural landscapes, and low-key neighbourhoods, as a contrast to the biggest cities. I've only been to New York, but hope to maybe-maybe visit in the future ... I guess some cycling is even an option there too, in the easier valleys etc. Nice with the mentioning of some of your favourites.

Yes, Vermont is very much a rural state, with even the largest city, Burlington, having a population a little under 43,000. I live in a small college town near the center of the state. My neighbors keep chickens (illegal inside city limits in most states) and there are farms and rolling fields within walking distance.

And yes, bicycling is very popular here. Until the highway was torn up two summers ago for construction, I did a 12-km each way ride up the valley to the next town and back on a regular basis. Now the construction is finished and my bicycle is sitting unused because it needs maintenance, and so few bike stores are open (due to the pandemic) that the waiting list is several months long. :(  So I hike as much as I can. :D
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Dry Brett Kavanaugh on September 20, 2020, 06:55:30 AM
On this the last day on the island of Møn, it was time to re-visit parts of the famous walk along the ridges of the white, forested cliffs, rising up to 120 m from the blue and green sea. They are mostly beech forests. Weather was beautiful too. There's a chalet and a park from the 18-19th century there, 'Liselund', with various follies and a path down to the stony beach below. They've now introduced picturesque herds of goats in the hills too, giving an almost South-European impression. One of the best scenic spots in the country. Did about 1/3 of the total hiking route.

Wow, such a wonderful place! I am envious.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: MusicTurner on September 21, 2020, 04:12:23 AM
Beautiful images. Where is the Island of Møn?

(...)

Yes, due to the peculiar spelling, it might be a bit difficult to find on the various web sources. But it's roughly 100 km directly to the south of Copenhagen (as the crow flies), and there's a free bridge from Sjælland/Zealand, the blob-island where Copenhagen is situated.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C3%B8n

Lots of sights, besides the white cliffs of Møns Klint; also a series of medieval, frescoed churches (Fanefjord, Elmelunde, Keldby etc.), nice beaches, pretty villages (Nyord, Stege), galleries, ceramics places, and some local gastronomy/food products ... well worth a visit/stay for a few days, or longer. I had to go home after 6 nights, but could easily have stayed for another week, or more - particularly with the lovely weather, that still allowed swimming.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: krummholz on September 21, 2020, 06:04:55 AM
Yes, due to the peculiar spelling, it might be a bit difficult to find on the various web sources. But it's soughly 100 km directly to the south of Copenhagen (as the crow flies), and there's a free bridge from Zealand, the blob-island where Copenhagen is situated.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C3%B8n

Lots of sights, besides the white cliffs of Møns Klint; also a series of medieval, frescoed churches (Fanefjord, Elmelunde, Keldby etc.), nice beaches, pretty villages (Nyord, Stege), galleries, ceramics places, and some local gastronomy/food products ... well worth a visit/stay for a few days, or longer. I had to go home after 6 nights, but could easily have stayed for another week, or more - particularly with the lovely weather, that still allowed swimming.

Of all of the countries in Europe, the two I've been most keen on visiting have been France (the southern part, le Midi) and Denmark... the latter partly because two of the top composers in my pantheon are Danish. I wonder what has become of the property Vagn Holmboe owned on Lake Arresø? I always wanted to see the setting where Holmboe composed the vast majority of his works.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: André on September 21, 2020, 08:13:29 AM
A long stroll in the streets of Montreal’s Mile End area with my son this weekend. Being the Jewish New Year, shtreimels and talits were very much on display (for the men of course). It was a beautiful fall afternoon. I brought back a dozen Montreal bagels  :D.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: MusicTurner on September 21, 2020, 08:39:28 AM
Of all of the countries in Europe, the two I've been most keen on visiting have been France (the southern part, le Midi) and Denmark... the latter partly because two of the top composers in my pantheon are Danish. I wonder what has become of the property Vagn Holmboe owned on Lake Arresø? I always wanted to see the setting where Holmboe composed the vast majority of his works.

I've sent you a PM with some info on the matter ...


Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Christo on September 21, 2020, 09:18:27 AM
One of my favourite walks is simply from my home to an Ice Age morene landscape nearby, a slope next to a 'sandr', topped with five tumuli, the remains of a paleolithic (c. 3300 BC) settlement. Most times with our dog [not the one on the photo], who has free movement here. Always a sense of eternity when the wind blows and the views from the top are wide and liberating:
(https://f.jwwb.nl/public/w/p/f/temp-nedrcqgskhoeucnbrdzo/57bcyc/DSC04722.jpg)
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: André on September 21, 2020, 09:51:47 AM
A view from the top must be a rare occurence indeed in the Netherlands ! :D
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: MusicTurner on September 21, 2020, 09:54:41 AM
A view from the top must be a rare occurence indeed in the Netherlands ! :D

Was wondering whether it's perhaps a bit to the south in the Netherlands ? And it looks quite forested?
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Christo on September 21, 2020, 09:58:07 AM
Was wondering whether it's perhaps a bit to the south in the Netherlands ? And it looks quite forested?
No it is the - almost exact - geographical centre of The Netherlands, quite forested indeed and the hill tops are just 50 meters over sea level. But that's enough for terrific views, I'm fond of them and enjoy the walk very much. The landscape resembles the Sussex Downs where Jeffrey is often found BTW.  :)
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on September 21, 2020, 10:17:20 AM
Yes, due to the peculiar spelling, it might be a bit difficult to find on the various web sources. But it's roughly 100 km directly to the south of Copenhagen (as the crow flies), and there's a free bridge from Sjælland/Zealand, the blob-island where Copenhagen is situated.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C3%B8n

Lots of sights, besides the white cliffs of Møns Klint; also a series of medieval, frescoed churches (Fanefjord, Elmelunde, Keldby etc.), nice beaches, pretty villages (Nyord, Stege), galleries, ceramics places, and some local gastronomy/food products ... well worth a visit/stay for a few days, or longer. I had to go home after 6 nights, but could easily have stayed for another week, or more - particularly with the lovely weather, that still allowed swimming.
Thank you - it looks like a very attractive spot indeed.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on September 21, 2020, 10:19:32 AM
A long stroll in the streets of Montreal’s Mile End area with my son this weekend. Being the Jewish New Year, shtreimels and talits were very much on display (for the men of course). It was a beautiful fall afternoon. I brought back a dozen Montreal bagels  :D.

Sounds like a very nice thing to do.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on September 21, 2020, 10:21:04 AM
No it is the - almost exact - geographical centre of The Netherlands, quite forested indeed and the hill tops are just 50 meters over sea level. But that's enough for terrific views, I'm fond of them and enjoy the walk very much. The landscape resembles the Sussex Downs where Jeffrey is often found BTW.  :)

Indeed - or at least in a nearby pub (until they are all closed down again).
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Dry Brett Kavanaugh on September 21, 2020, 03:39:59 PM
Indeed - or at least in a nearby pub (until they are all closed down again).

Do many pubs over there serve fish and chips? What kind of fish do they offer? Maybe cod (my fav)??  Is the sauce tartar sauce?
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on September 21, 2020, 10:14:02 PM
Do many pubs over there serve fish and chips? What kind of fish do they offer? Maybe cod (my fav)??  Is the sauce tartar sauce?

OT

Yes, we also have a van which turns up in the village every Wednesday and serves fish and chips. Many pubs will serve cod and chips but there is usually a range of fish dishes. Fish Pie seems to be a popular pub meal. Not sure about the tartar sauce but I expect that you are right. Speaking personally, I'm addicted to tomato ketchup, which I have on almost everything (not breakfast cereal or porridge however).  ;D

My wife takes a dim view of my ketchup addiction  ::)
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Andante on September 22, 2020, 01:26:28 AM
Can you still get 'Draught Bass' it was my beer of choice when I was in England?
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Dry Brett Kavanaugh on September 22, 2020, 07:03:39 AM
OT

Yes, we also have a van which turns up in the village every Wednesday and serves fish and chips. Many pubs will serve cod and chips but there is usually a range of fish dishes. Fish Pie seems to be a popular pub meal. Not sure about the tartar sauce but I expect that you are right. Speaking personally, I'm addicted to tomato ketchup, which I have on almost everything (not breakfast cereal or porridge however).  ;D

My wife takes a dim view of my ketchup addiction  ::)

The fish van sounds wonderful. I am envious. I live in the deep south in the U.S.A. and effectively there is no sea food restaurant. I haven’t seen fish pie, but that sounds great and I would like to try one day. I ate good fish and chips at Heathrow Airport a few times, but it costed around €30. The best fish and chips I ate were those at my favorite pub in Vancouver. They were Cod, Halibut, and Sockeye Salmon. While I like tartar sauce, I like squeezed lemon as well. I imagine there are many local ales at pubs in your area. Such a great place. One day I will visit England, Wales, and Scotland, look at Gothic buildings during day, and eat fish pie with ale during night.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on September 22, 2020, 08:37:21 AM
Can you still get 'Draught Bass' it was my beer of choice when I was in England?

I think so but no sure. My favourite beer is 'Old' - a very dark local Sussex beer from the Harvey's Brewery in Lewes.

Here's one of the village pubs with their beer delivery van:
(http://)
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on September 22, 2020, 08:38:30 AM
The fish van sounds wonderful. I am envious. I live in the deep south in the U.S.A. and effectively there is no sea food restaurant. I haven’t seen fish pie, but that sounds great and I would like to try one day. I ate good fish and chips at Heathrow Airport a few times, but it costed around €30. The best fish and chips I ate were those at my favorite pub in Vancouver. They were Cod, Halibut, and Sockeye Salmon. While I like tartar sauce, I like squeezed lemon as well. I imagine there are many local ales at pubs in your area. Such a great place. One day I will visit England, Wales, and Scotland, look at Gothic buildings during day, and eat fish pie with ale during night.

If you come to England I'll buy you a fish pie.  :)

Yes, I'd imagine that fish and chips at Heathrow would be horribly over-priced. The fish van is much cheaper!
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Dry Brett Kavanaugh on September 22, 2020, 08:57:00 AM
I think so but no sure. My favourite beer is 'Old' - a very dark local Sussex beer from the Harvey's Brewery in Lewes.

Here's one of the village pubs with their beer delivery van:
(http://)

As for “Irish” ale, Joseph Mitchell’s well-known story maintains that it is supposed to be heated/warmed up and served in authentic way. I imagine they all are served cold in the U.K. today.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on September 23, 2020, 09:26:41 PM
As for “Irish” ale, Joseph Mitchell’s well-known story maintains that it is supposed to be heated/warmed up and served in authentic way. I imagine they all are served cold in the U.K. today.
Yes, probably true.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Christo on September 24, 2020, 04:33:57 AM
I think so but no sure. My favourite beer is 'Old' - a very dark local Sussex beer from the Harvey's Brewery in Lewes.

Here's one of the village pubs with their beer delivery van:
(http://)
Hope to take one during our next visit!  ;D
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on September 24, 2020, 05:11:54 AM
Hope to take one during our next visit!  ;D
That would be very nice indeed - and hopefully as less traumatic visit than last time!
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: BasilValentine on September 24, 2020, 08:29:17 PM
Mine are in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, where I live. This is a shot of me enjoying one of them: a descent down a long ridge from Grace Mountain. I ascended via the valley below to the left and up an old landslide track. The return is down the ridge and then a plunge left back into the valley:

Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: BasilValentine on September 24, 2020, 08:35:33 PM
Here's the ascent up the landslide track:

Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Christo on September 24, 2020, 09:09:09 PM
Mine are in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, where I live. This is a shot of me enjoying one of them: a descent down a long ridge from Grace Mountain. I ascended via the valley below to the left and up an old landslide track. The return is down the ridge and then a plunge left back into the valley:
I wrote a monograph on my compatriot Abraham Kuyper (1837-1920), who did an American tour in 1898. As an alternative for the Alps he normally would visit, he chose the Adirondack Mountains and found them not high, but pleasant walking and with enough fresh air.  :)
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: MusicTurner on September 24, 2020, 09:30:07 PM
Mine are in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, where I live. This is a shot of me enjoying one of them: a descent down a long ridge from Grace Mountain. I ascended via the valley below to the left and up an old landslide track. The return is down the ridge and then a plunge left back into the valley:

That is superb & not quite what I expected of scenery up there. Lovely.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on September 24, 2020, 10:42:18 PM
Mine are in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, where I live. This is a shot of me enjoying one of them: a descent down a long ridge from Grace Mountain. I ascended via the valley below to the left and up an old landslide track. The return is down the ridge and then a plunge left back into the valley:
Great photos, although not sure that I fancy the 'landslide track'!
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: krummholz on September 25, 2020, 02:15:12 AM
Mine are in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, where I live. This is a shot of me enjoying one of them: a descent down a long ridge from Grace Mountain. I ascended via the valley below to the left and up an old landslide track. The return is down the ridge and then a plunge left back into the valley:

Beautiful! As an aside, the scenery in Vermont is very similar, maybe a bit craggier in places. New Hampshire is even more spectacular and almost "alpine", with many summits sticking up well above timberline. I have many pictures taken in the New England mountains but it's hard to choose one as the best! I will try to come up with something...
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: BasilValentine on September 25, 2020, 04:46:30 AM
Great photos, although not sure that I fancy the 'landslide track'!

The Adirondacks are prone to large landslides. After Hurricane Irene in 2011 there were more than 20 major slides in a matter of days. It was like an amusement park opening up. So many new routes to walk! Here is one of the most famous Adirondack routes, on Mt. Colden. From a deep glacial lake surrounded by thousand foot cliffs one ascends the defile in the lower middle-frame, then out onto that bright white slide track (new in 2011) nearly to the summit.



Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: André on September 25, 2020, 05:04:44 AM
Very impressive. Reminds me of my youth  ::).
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on September 26, 2020, 11:12:48 AM
The Adirondacks are prone to large landslides. After Hurricane Irene in 2011 there were more than 20 major slides in a matter of days. It was like an amusement park opening up. So many new routes to walk! Here is one of the most famous Adirondack routes, on Mt. Colden. From a deep glacial lake surrounded by thousand foot cliffs one ascends the defile in the lower middle-frame, then out onto that bright white slide track (new in 2011) nearly to the summit.
Extraordinary!

Today, as a belated 90th birthday present for my father-in-law we took my in laws to Hampton Court Palace, sometime home of Henry VIII. It has beautiful grounds.
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Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on September 26, 2020, 11:28:08 AM
Extraordinary!

Today, as a belated 90th birthday present for my father-in-law we took my in laws to Hampton Court Palace, sometime home of Henry VIII. It has beautiful grounds.
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Oh, neat!  I'd love to see that sometime.  Hope that everyone, especially your father-in-law, enjoyed it?

PD
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on September 26, 2020, 11:32:17 AM
Oh, neat!  I'd love to see that sometime.  Hope that everyone, especially your father-in-law, enjoyed it?

PD

Yes, we all had a great day thank you PD. My mother-in-law has already been on the phone saying that they would like to go again. The staff were brilliant (especially as 50% of them are about to be made redundant) in accommodating my in law's wheel chairs and finding special routes and lifts for us. I hope that you too get there one day PD.

Installation at Hampton Court Palace
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Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on September 26, 2020, 12:18:42 PM
Yes, we all had a great day thank you PD. My mother-in-law has already been on the phone saying that they would like to go again. The staff were brilliant (especially as 50% of them are about to be made redundant) in accommodating my in law's wheel chairs and finding special routes and lifts for us. I hope that you too get there one day PD.

Installation at Hampton Court Palace
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I'm happy to hear that things went so well....yeah staff!!!  I feel horrible that 50% of them will be laid off though!!  Any system in place in which they will be hired back when things are normal?  At least first offerings (I imagine that at least a goodly amount of them will be trying to find new jobs)?

And, I'll make it there....somehow, someday.  Thanks Jeffrey for your kind wishes.

PD
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on September 27, 2020, 05:49:18 AM
I'm happy to hear that things went so well....yeah staff!!!  I feel horrible that 50% of them will be laid off though!!  Any system in place in which they will be hired back when things are normal?  At least first offerings (I imagine that at least a goodly amount of them will be trying to find new jobs)?

And, I'll make it there....somehow, someday.  Thanks Jeffrey for your kind wishes.

PD

Hi PD I had a chat with one of the guides and she told me that there was a good chance that they will be re-appointed when and if things return to normal. It is the current uncertainly which is dispiriting for them. I've twice had to reapply for my job and I know how stressful that is.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on September 27, 2020, 01:18:52 PM
Hi PD I had a chat with one of the guides and she told me that there was a good chance that they will be re-appointed when and if things return to normal. It is the current uncertainly which is dispiriting for them. I've twice had to reapply for my job and I know how stressful that is.
You've had to reapply for your current teaching position?  And twice?!  ???

PD
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Brian on September 27, 2020, 01:20:30 PM
By coincidence at my office, 50% of us are being laid off next month and we are all re-applying for our own jobs right now...
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on September 27, 2020, 01:31:41 PM
By coincidence at my office, 50% of us are being laid off next month and we are all re-applying for our own jobs right now...
Wow!  :(  All the best to you Brian.  I hope that everything works out well in the end for you.

PD
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Dry Brett Kavanaugh on September 27, 2020, 05:34:54 PM
The economic and psychological impact of lay-off could substantially differ depending upon the governmental unemployment insurance policy of the nation one live. If you live in the U.S.A., you have to constantly worry about lay-off until you retire and you will economically suffer a lot when you are laid-off.

https://www.statista.com/chart/21701/jobless-benefits-selected-countries-oecd/

Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on September 29, 2020, 09:21:30 AM
You've had to reapply for your current teaching position?  And twice?!  ???

PD

No, my previous one PD. On both occasions I managed to hang on to my job. Once was when there was a merger with another school and the other time was when they thought that we simply were not good enough. It was incredibly divisive (intentionally I suspect) and worrying.

You can see why I like long walks in the countryside!
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on September 29, 2020, 11:13:55 AM
No, my previous one PD. On both occasions I managed to hang on to my job. Once was when there was a merger with another school and the other time was when they thought that we simply were not good enough. It was incredibly divisive (intentionally I suspect) and worrying.

You can see why I like long walks in the countryside!
You?!  No way!!

And, yes, keep moving!  Get those endorphins going.  :)

PD
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on October 12, 2020, 12:33:19 PM
You?!  No way!!

And, yes, keep moving!  Get those endorphins going.  :)

PD
Thanks PD  ;D

Actually yesterday I did a great walk over the South Downs, over Windover Hill. The weather was fine and there were some great views. I took quite a few photos on my mobile but I'm having problems emailing them to myself. Anyway I found a couple of images online of the route - that's the sea in the distance. 'SDW' on the lower image finger-post stands for South Downs Way:
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Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on October 12, 2020, 03:05:45 PM
Thanks PD  ;D

Actually yesterday I did a great walk over the South Downs, over Windover Hill. The weather was fine and there were some great views. I took quite a few photos on my mobile but I'm having problems emailing them to myself. Anyway I found a couple of images online of the route - that's the sea in the distance. 'SDW' on the lower image finger-post stands for South Downs Way:
(http://)
I do envy your walks Jeffrey; you have such beautiful countryside....and so close too!

PD
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on October 12, 2020, 10:53:57 PM
I do envy your walks Jeffrey; you have such beautiful countryside....and so close too!

PD

Yes PD - we are lucky to live here. I was walking in the village yesterday on a shopping errand to buy some parsnips (my life is so exciting); my car was in the garage for a service (no doubt incredibly expensive) and as I was walking I could hear cows and it occurred to me just how rural it is round here. We are about a 30 minute drive to the South Downs and it's easy to get up to London on the train. We only live here (I'm from central London) because at the time when we moved it was an equidistant location between my wife's job and my own.

PS I managed to email some of my own photos from that walk - so, here goes:
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I've included the nice church at Jevington, where I popped in for a few moments. We spent a bit longer in the pub at the end of our walk  :).
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on October 13, 2020, 03:41:35 AM
Beautiful!  Looks very tranquil.  :)

PD
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: MusicTurner on October 13, 2020, 04:48:23 AM
Really lovely scenes & photos there ... so the silvery sea can be seen in the background?
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: André on October 13, 2020, 05:22:19 AM
Earth and clouds communing. Makes one feel so close to nature...
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on October 13, 2020, 01:21:30 PM
Really lovely scenes & photos there ... so the silvery sea can be seen in the background?

Yes, it was quite beautiful with the light reflecting on the water and a quite fantastic cloudscape, although it was a fine and quite warm and sunny day for walking. The first and third photos show the sea in the background. The order in which the photos were taken were 2,3,1,4.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on October 13, 2020, 01:24:57 PM
Earth and clouds communing. Makes one feel so close to nature...

Yes, I agree.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on October 27, 2020, 01:38:58 PM
As part of my new health regime I've decided that I should go for a walk every day. So, this afternoon, despite the fact that it was bucketing down with rain I drove up to Ashdown Forest (home of Winnie-the Pooh). Amazingly, as I approached the car park the rain stopped and I took some photos:
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Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on October 28, 2020, 08:25:52 AM
A good sign then (rain stopping).  :)  Was your hike very soggy/muddy?

PD
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on October 28, 2020, 11:29:18 AM
A good sign then (rain stopping).  :)  Was your hike very soggy/muddy?

PD
Well, I was up there again today and got caught in a hailstorm but otherwise it was fine!
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on October 29, 2020, 12:45:07 PM
Well, I was up there again today and got caught in a hailstorm but otherwise it was fine!
Good for you with sticking with the regular walks/hikes Jeffrey!  :)

PD
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on January 06, 2021, 08:38:37 AM
Good for you with sticking with the regular walks/hikes Jeffrey!  :)

PD

Since we couldn't see family over Christmas we did more walks that usual. Since I've now entered the 20th Century ( 8)) and have worked out how to send photos from my mobile phone to the laptop I thought that I'd show some photos here. They are all of local walks on Ashdown Forest (Memorial stone for A A Milne and E H Shepherd of 'Winnie the Pooh' fame) or of Firle Beacon on the South Downs or of the coast near Pevensey near where William the Conqueror landed in Pre-Brexit Britain.

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Post by: vandermolen on January 06, 2021, 08:40:46 AM
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Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: MusicTurner on January 06, 2021, 08:48:09 AM
Those are some lovely photos & impressive landscapes!
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on January 06, 2021, 09:46:13 AM
Nice Jeffrey!  :)

And is that the 'other half' in one of your photos?

PD
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on January 06, 2021, 01:13:26 PM
Those are some lovely photos & impressive landscapes!
Thank you - I enjoy taking the photos on my walks.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on January 06, 2021, 01:15:40 PM
Nice Jeffrey!  :)

And is that the 'other half' in one of your photos?

PD
Indeed it is PD, although I'm fairly sure that neither of us have ever referred to the other one as 'my other half'  ;D

The photo was taken in the village of Firle, Sussex before we walked up Firle Beacon (which you can see in the next photo and then the views from the top). I took the photo as the start of the walk, which is usually the only time that we are actually together as she is invariably miles ahead of me and we communicate by mobile phone!
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Rosalba on January 06, 2021, 01:31:25 PM
Usually we walk round the streets of our little Yorkshire town - there are green verges, a market square, lots of Georgian houses, also a field-and-woodland community park. We can also be walking through country fields in five minutes from our house. Or we can drive to several picturesque villages within five or ten miles of where we live, and it's one of those photos that I hope to share now.

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Sutton-on-the-Forest this November.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on January 06, 2021, 01:57:50 PM
Usually we walk round the streets of our little Yorkshire town - there are green verges, a market square, lots of Georgian houses, also a field-and-woodland community park. We can also be walking through country fields in five minutes from our house. Or we can drive to several picturesque villages within five miles of where we live, and it's one of those photos that I hope to share now.

(https://scontent-lht6-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/129005562_3434585079972859_2065050091682573819_o.jpg?_nc_cat=103&ccb=2&_nc_sid=b9115d&_nc_ohc=KgLc7KHyYToAX8ZZpxb&_nc_ht=scontent-lht6-1.xx&oh=f8377a243db8790a9832bd8855d71ea9&oe=6019E829)

Sutton-on-the-Forest this November.
How nice! I like the look of the pub over the road. We look forward to the day when, after a walk, we can drop into the pub for a drink as in 'the good old days'. I hope that we never take these little, but important, pleasures for granted ever again.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Rosalba on January 07, 2021, 06:27:28 AM
How nice! I like the look of the pub over the road. We look forward to the day when, after a walk, we can drop into the pub for a drink as in 'the good old days'. I hope that we never take these little, but important, pleasures for granted ever again.

Hear hear!!!
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on January 21, 2021, 12:32:48 PM
Here are some recent local walks during lockdown featuring 'my other/better half' in two locations. The frosty day pictures are near a village called Groombridge in Kent. In the photo featuring my wife standing by a direction sign you can see a Second World War pill-box (Gun emplacment) in the background to the right. The farmers/landowners are (fortunately) not allowed to demolish them due to their historical importance. They were there to guard the railway line which is immediately behind me (not in the photo). The two other images were taken on nearby Ashdown Forest. The hills in the background in the third photo down are the South Downs and beyond them is the English Channel. In the lowest picture you can see quite a few other people around. More people are getting out into the countryside for exercise and mental relaxation as there is not much else to do. We are lucky to have nice countryside near to us:
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: André on January 21, 2021, 01:25:48 PM
I like # 2. Nice subject and nice shot !
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on January 21, 2021, 02:20:46 PM
I like # 2. Nice subject and nice shot !

Thanks André. I was pleased with that one too.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on March 23, 2021, 01:44:36 PM
Any new walks or trips for anyone here?  I really want to venture further afield to see more nature sites and places whether for birding or just to get a good walk/hike in and see some new topography.  Have also been thinking how much I miss going to museums, but perhaps that's for another thread.  Weather has been warming up nicely, so I hope to soon put some air in my bike's tires and getting more active.  Need to check into rules too re masks and special bike trails....no idea what the current rules are.  Do many countries have rules about wearing masks whilst biking?

PD
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: MusicTurner on March 23, 2021, 02:04:54 PM
Have had some problems with my foot, so no long walks recently, but luckily cycling is still fine. Went in a car with a relative to the southern tip of the Amager island suburb of Copenhagen on Sunday, and did a small walk in an old fortress/moat area there, where we never were before, and the sky was impressive. There was also an area with houseboats and alternative housing projects in containers etc.

Masks are only indoors and in queues here in DK, not when biking.

Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on March 23, 2021, 02:18:20 PM
Have had some problems with my foot, so no long walks recently, but luckily cycling is still fine. Went in a car with a relative to the southern tip of the Amager island suburb of Copenhagen on Sunday, and did a small walk in an old fortress/moat area there, where we never were before, and the sky was impressive. There was also an area with houseboats and alternative housing projects in containers etc.
How beautiful!

And, I'm so sorry to hear about your foot....hopefully it's temporary?

Best wishes,

PD
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: MusicTurner on March 23, 2021, 02:36:01 PM
Thanks, well, I got a diagnosis of some osteoarthritis in one foot, and also got a really hard hit on a toe recently, before the diagnosis. Add to this a swollen right hand for some days, when recently falling on my bike at a crossing with humid, irregular cobblestones, so that I had to go to the emergency unit. And that fall was on the evening before a small operation for some not so dangerous skin cancer. So overall it's been a bit messy recently ... :)

But luckily, things are improving now ... and I'm looking forward to being more outdoors during the Spring.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on March 23, 2021, 02:48:47 PM
Thanks, well, I got a diagnosis of some osteoarthritis in one foot, and also got a really hard hit on a toe recently, before the diagnosis. Add to this a swollen right hand for some days, when recently falling on my bike at a crossing with humid, irregular cobblestones, so that I had to go to the emergency unit. And that fall was on the evening before a small operation for some not so dangerous skin cancer. So overall it's been a bit messy recently ... :)

But luckily, things are improving now ... and I'm looking forward to being more outdoors during the Spring.
I feel for you....that is a bunch of bad news and falls all in a row.  Just please, take skin cancer seriously.  Hopefully, it was a minor event.  But do mind your sunscreen and visiting a dermatologist regularly.

All the best to you,

PD
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: MusicTurner on March 23, 2021, 02:51:53 PM
Yes, I will. Thank you for your thoughts  :)
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on March 24, 2021, 01:42:57 AM
Thanks, well, I got a diagnosis of some osteoarthritis in one foot, and also got a really hard hit on a toe recently, before the diagnosis. Add to this a swollen right hand for some days, when recently falling on my bike at a crossing with humid, irregular cobblestones, so that I had to go to the emergency unit. And that fall was on the evening before a small operation for some not so dangerous skin cancer. So overall it's been a bit messy recently ... :)

But luckily, things are improving now ... and I'm looking forward to being more outdoors during the Spring.
Wishing you well MT.
I have arthritis in my foot - it comes and goes but if I wear walking boots it's fine. I used to get bad pain in my knee and I was worried about not being able to go walking in the countryside. Then, a colleague at work recommended Glucosamine and Chondroitin tablets and, for whatever reason, the pain went away.
Recently, my wife had a bad accident, fell down the stairs, knocked herself unconscious, broke her clavicle, two ribs and punctured a lung. Luckily I was here to call for an ambulance. After a week in hospital and an operation she is recovering well. So, we have been on some local walks, to Sheffield Park and to Burwash, the home of Rudyard Kipling, the writer. I was delighted to discover a new sculpture of him sitting on a bench in the village. We often visit his home 'Batemans' which is open to the public. Kipling's son John (Jack) who was killed at the Battle of Loos in the First World War is featured on the war memorial in the village. There is a drama 'My boy Jack' about his life. Here are some photos (Kipling's home is the bottom picture and Sheffield Park is the second one down):
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Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on March 24, 2021, 01:49:08 AM
Here's another photo of Sheffield Park and a surprising new addition to the pond in Kipling's garden!
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Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on March 24, 2021, 02:22:41 AM
Wishing you well MT.
I have arthritis in my foot - it comes and goes but if I wear walking boots it's fine. I used to get bad pain in my knee and I was worried about not being able to go walking in the countryside. Then, a colleague at work recommended Glucosamine and Chondroitin tablets and, for whatever reason, the pain went away.
Recently, my wife had a bad accident, fell down the stairs, knocked herself unconscious, broke her clavicle, two ribs and punctured a lung. Luckily I was here to call for an ambulance. After a week in hospital and an operation she is recovering well. So, we have been on some local walks, to Sheffield Park and to Burwash, the home of Rudyard Kipling, the writer. I was delighted to discover a new sculpture of him sitting on a bench in the village. We often visit his home 'Batemans' which is open to the public. Kipling's son John (Jack) who was killed at the Battle of Loos in the First World War is featured on the war memorial in the village. There is a drama 'My boy Jack' about his life. Here are some photos (Kipling's home is the bottom picture and Sheffield Park is the second one down):
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Jeffrey,

Oh, no!  How horrible!  Glad that she is recovering well though.  So this happened at your home?  That must have been quite frightening for both of you.  Glad that you were there when it happened though.

Batemans looks like a very lovely home and estate.

PD
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Papy Oli on March 24, 2021, 02:51:17 AM
Wishing you well MT.
I have arthritis in my foot - it comes and goes but if I wear walking boots it's fine. I used to get bad pain in my knee and I was worried about not being able to go walking in the countryside. Then, a colleague at work recommended Glucosamine and Chondroitin tablets and, for whatever reason, the pain went away.
Recently, my wife had a bad accident, fell down the stairs, knocked herself unconscious, broke her clavicle, two ribs and punctured a lung. Luckily I was here to call for an ambulance. After a week in hospital and an operation she is recovering well. So, we have been on some local walks, to Sheffield Park and to Burwash, the home of Rudyard Kipling, the writer. I was delighted to discover a new sculpture of him sitting on a bench in the village. We often visit his home 'Batemans' which is open to the public. Kipling's son John (Jack) who was killed at the Battle of Loos in the First World War is featured on the war memorial in the village. There is a drama 'My boy Jack' about his life. Here are some photos (Kipling's home is the bottom picture and Sheffield Park is the second one down):

Nasty one, Jeffrey. Speedy recovery wishes to Madame Vandermolen  :)

Your mention of Batemans took me right back. I spent a week holiday visiting East Sussex (back in 2004 !!) and Batemans was one of my visits. I just had a look at my pictures archives. Did a lot that week. Hastings, Battle, Rye, Batemans, Bexhill, Beachy Head, Alfriston, Birling Gap, Bodiam Castle, Eastbourne, Pevensey Castle, Saint Leonards, Winchelsea.

Batemans & Rye were really the high points.  8)

I also took a drive down to Dungeness. Now, that was eerie.  ???
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on March 24, 2021, 03:27:47 AM
Jeffrey,

Oh, no!  How horrible!  Glad that she is recovering well though.  So this happened at your home?  That must have been quite frightening for both of you.  Glad that you were there when it happened though.

Batemans looks like a very lovely home and estate.

PD

Thanks PD.
Batemans is one of our favourite local places to visit and, even as of now, when the house is shut there are some lovely local walks from the house, which are well signposted. Yes, it was in our house. The staircase is quite steep and she was carrying a glass and a bowl of popcorn which meant that she wasn't holding the bannister and she came down backwards. Although she is very slim and small it sounded like a fridge had been thrown down the stairs. I found her lying unconscious surrounded by popcorn. As soon as I'd consumed the popcorn I put her into the recovery position and called for an ambulance (I didn't really consume the popcorn  ;D). Yes, it was frightening and I was not allowed to go with her to hospital. Anyway, she is progressing very well.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on March 24, 2021, 03:31:02 AM
Nasty one, Jeffrey. Speedy recovery wishes to Madame Vandermolen  :)

Your mention of Batemans took me right back. I spent a week holiday visiting East Sussex (back in 2004 !!) and Batemans was one of my visits. I just had a look at my pictures archives. Did a lot that week. Hastings, Battle, Rye, Batemans, Bexhill, Beachy Head, Alfriston, Birling Gap, Bodiam Castle, Eastbourne, Pevensey Castle, Saint Leonards, Winchelsea.

Batemans & Rye were really the high points.  8)

I also took a drive down to Dungeness. Now, that was eerie.  ???
Thanks Olivier!
All those places, apart from Dungeness are familiar to us. We had a nice few days away in Winchelsea some years ago. Rye is very nice as is Battle, if you have been there.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: André on March 24, 2021, 04:42:53 AM
Typical british humour even in the most upsetting circumstances. Couldn’t help laughing at your popcorn munching pause even as the whole scene must have been heart-stoppingly scary. All best wishes for a full recovery  :-*
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on March 24, 2021, 04:49:29 AM
Typical british humour even in the most upsetting circumstances. Couldn’t help laughing at your popcorn munching pause even as the whole scene must have been heart-stoppingly scary. All best wishes for a full recovery  :-*
Thanks André  :)
Actually, you'll be pleased to hear that it's an example of Canadian humour!
I stole the comment from my daughter's Canadian boyfriend who, when hearing about the incident, commented 'I wouldn't have been able to resist eating the popcorn!'
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: DavidW on March 24, 2021, 05:27:23 AM
A few favorite walks, well at local state parks.

Cheraw:
(https://www.scpictureproject.org/wp-content/uploads/cheraw-state-park-boardwalk.jpg)
Myrtle Beach:
(https://i.pinimg.com/originals/1c/80/b0/1c80b0ccfe76be6b6244b76971ad4ce9.png)
Huntington Beach:
(https://scpictureproject.org/wp-content/uploads/huntington-beach-state-park-sc-sunset-marsh.jpg)
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Biffo on March 24, 2021, 06:02:08 AM
Wishing you well MT.
I have arthritis in my foot - it comes and goes but if I wear walking boots it's fine. I used to get bad pain in my knee and I was worried about not being able to go walking in the countryside. Then, a colleague at work recommended Glucosamine and Chondroitin tablets and, for whatever reason, the pain went away.
Recently, my wife had a bad accident, fell down the stairs, knocked herself unconscious, broke her clavicle, two ribs and punctured a lung. Luckily I was here to call for an ambulance. After a week in hospital and an operation she is recovering well. So, we have been on some local walks, to Sheffield Park and to Burwash, the home of Rudyard Kipling, the writer. I was delighted to discover a new sculpture of him sitting on a bench in the village. We often visit his home 'Batemans' which is open to the public. Kipling's son John (Jack) who was killed at the Battle of Loos in the First World War is featured on the war memorial in the village. There is a drama 'My boy Jack' about his life. Here are some photos (Kipling's home is the bottom picture and Sheffield Park is the second one down):
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Sorry to hear about your troubles but glad to hear your wife is recovering well. Hope you will soon be able to get out and about.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: steve ridgway on March 24, 2021, 07:56:17 AM
We’re looking forward to revisiting a lot of favourite places from next Monday when some of the lockdown restrictions in England are eased. It’s not easy to work out what’s actually allowed in the confusing mix of actual laws and government “advice” but I’m hoping we’ll be able to travel a lot further in England without the police being able to arbitrarily fine us depending on what the individual officer feels at that moment is “unreasonable” (i.e. the seaside, Lake District, well known beauty spots etc.). I’m going to take the good camera and get plenty of photos while I have the chance in case the “irreversible” lifting of restrictions goes into reverse again.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on March 24, 2021, 03:14:51 PM
Sorry to hear about your troubles but glad to hear your wife is recovering well. Hope you will soon be able to get out and about.
Thanks so much - she is already much more mobile and complaining about my slow pace on our walks - so that is more like 'business as usual'.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on March 24, 2021, 03:16:09 PM
A few favorite walks, well at local state parks.

Cheraw:
(https://www.scpictureproject.org/wp-content/uploads/cheraw-state-park-boardwalk.jpg)
Myrtle Beach:
(https://i.pinimg.com/originals/1c/80/b0/1c80b0ccfe76be6b6244b76971ad4ce9.png)
Huntington Beach:
(https://scpictureproject.org/wp-content/uploads/huntington-beach-state-park-sc-sunset-marsh.jpg)
Amazing photos!
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on March 24, 2021, 03:16:51 PM
We’re looking forward to revisiting a lot of favourite places from next Monday when some of the lockdown restrictions in England are eased. It’s not easy to work out what’s actually allowed in the confusing mix of actual laws and government “advice” but I’m hoping we’ll be able to travel a lot further in England without the police being able to arbitrarily fine us depending on what the individual officer feels at that moment is “unreasonable” (i.e. the seaside, Lake District, well known beauty spots etc.). I’m going to take the good camera and get plenty of photos while I have the chance in case the “irreversible” lifting of restrictions goes into reverse again.
Yes, it's very confusing!
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: MusicTurner on March 25, 2021, 02:51:44 AM
Wishing you well MT.
I have arthritis in my foot - it comes and goes but if I wear walking boots it's fine. I used to get bad pain in my knee and I was worried about not being able to go walking in the countryside. Then, a colleague at work recommended Glucosamine and Chondroitin tablets and, for whatever reason, the pain went away.
Recently, my wife had a bad accident, fell down the stairs, knocked herself unconscious, broke her clavicle, two ribs and punctured a lung. Luckily I was here to call for an ambulance. After a week in hospital and an operation she is recovering well. So, we have been on some local walks, to Sheffield Park and to Burwash, the home of Rudyard Kipling, the writer. I was delighted to discover a new sculpture of him sitting on a bench in the village. We often visit his home 'Batemans' which is open to the public. Kipling's son John (Jack) who was killed at the Battle of Loos in the First World War is featured on the war memorial in the village. There is a drama 'My boy Jack' about his life. Here are some photos (Kipling's home is the bottom picture and Sheffield Park is the second one down):
(http://[img][img])[/img][/img]

Thank you for the sympathy, I'm also still in the age where a good deal of recovering is an option, and it's really nice to hear that your wife is doing better too, following that nasty accident. Especially when active outdoor life means so much for us people ... I've heard about the benefits of glucosamine & will definitely try it later, currently it's what we call 'fish oil' tablets I'm trying, and I've also bought Nigella seeds oil, recommended by someone, and will be buying some improved shoes. Chondroitin I don't know, will explore. I went for a foot X-ray today, but am actually feeling better than in quite a long time, even after cycling quite a bit yesterday.

Thank you for the interesting posts, it's always nice with those shapshots of quintessentially English scenes, to explore and bring back good memories of one's own travels and other acquaintances with the British heritage ! :)
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: steve ridgway on March 25, 2021, 07:36:26 AM
I've heard about the benefits of glucosamine & will definitely try it later, currently it's what we call 'fish oil' tablets I'm trying, and I've also bought Nigella seeds oil, recommended by someone, and will be buying some improved shoes. Chondroitin I don't know, will explore.

We started our first dog on Glucosamine and Chondroitin tablets which helped with her joint problems. When we told the vet he said yes he'd used them on his dog successfully but wasn't allowed to mention them first as they hadn't been approved by the authorities. ::)
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on April 19, 2021, 10:38:31 PM
As my wife is now recovering from her bad accident (fell down stairs, broke ribs and clavicle, punctured lung, unconscious, one week in hospital, operation to repair clavicle) we are starting to get out more and the other day we went for a walk around Penshurst Place, which is local. It is 14th Century and was the birthplace of the Elizabethan Poet Sir Philip Sidney. The House is closed but the gardens are open and there are some great walks nearby. As you can see, it was unusually quiet:
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on April 20, 2021, 02:36:44 AM
Beautiful grounds!

PD
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on April 20, 2021, 04:06:08 AM
Thank you for the sympathy, I'm also still in the age where a good deal of recovering is an option, and it's really nice to hear that your wife is doing better too, following that nasty accident. Especially when active outdoor life means so much for us people ... I've heard about the benefits of glucosamine & will definitely try it later, currently it's what we call 'fish oil' tablets I'm trying, and I've also bought Nigella seeds oil, recommended by someone, and will be buying some improved shoes. Chondroitin I don't know, will explore. I went for a foot X-ray today, but am actually feeling better than in quite a long time, even after cycling quite a bit yesterday.

Thank you for the interesting posts, it's always nice with those shapshots of quintessentially English scenes, to explore and bring back good memories of one's own travels and other acquaintances with the British heritage ! :)
My pleasure and hope that you continue to make good progress. If I'm wearing my 'Hi-Tec' walking boots I usually have no pain at all on our various expeditions.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: steve ridgway on April 23, 2021, 06:15:32 AM
Penshurst Place looks wonderful to have to oneself. ;D

I've started taking one or other of the dogs for an extra walk from the house after lunch and took the camera along today.

Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on April 23, 2021, 06:55:28 AM
Looks like a fun place to explore.

And cute dog!  :)

PD
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: steve ridgway on April 24, 2021, 05:08:00 AM
Thank you PD, that is Milka.🐺🇷🇴
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on April 24, 2021, 01:07:06 PM
Thank you PD, that is Milka.🐺🇷🇴
Is Milka a Romanian raven sheepdog?  How old is she and what's her story?  :)

PD
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: steve ridgway on April 24, 2021, 08:33:04 PM
Is Milka a Romanian raven sheepdog?  How old is she and what's her story?  :)

She looks like one of those but much smaller. Four years old now and one of those street dogs that various animal charities rescue from places like Romania, Spain, Greece and Cyprus and bring to the UK. She’s generally happy here, loves the garden and walks although she’s very wary of other people, particularly children, so we need to keep away from playgrounds and schools.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on April 24, 2021, 09:33:24 PM
Penshurst Place looks wonderful to have to oneself. ;D

I've started taking one or other of the dogs for an extra walk from the house after lunch and took the camera along today.
Very nice Steve - is that in Cheshire. Your dog seems to be enjoying it.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: steve ridgway on April 25, 2021, 03:28:27 AM
Very nice Steve - is that in Cheshire. Your dog seems to be enjoying it.

Yes, we don’t take any notice of that “Greater Manchester” nonsense - it’s at the very north end and we sometimes walk over the border into Lancashire.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on April 25, 2021, 03:57:53 AM
She looks like one of those but much smaller. Four years old now and one of those street dogs that various animal charities rescue from places like Romania, Spain, Greece and Cyprus and bring to the UK. She’s generally happy here, loves the garden and walks although she’s very wary of other people, particularly children, so we need to keep away from playgrounds and schools.
Sounds like she found a good home--and wise dog-parents.  :)

PD
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: steve ridgway on April 25, 2021, 07:17:15 AM
Joe went to one of the nearby parks this afternoon.

Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on April 25, 2021, 08:56:33 AM
Joe went to one of the nearby parks this afternoon.
Excellent! We went for a nice walk today. I hope to post some photos soon.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: steve ridgway on April 26, 2021, 06:37:24 AM
This afternoon's walk from home.

Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on April 27, 2021, 11:48:38 PM
This afternoon's walk from home.
Lovely and nicely contrasted, colourful images.

We did another walk from Penshurst recently and here are some snaps. There was a car rally going on in the car park and I was delighted to see my favourite car on display - a two-tone grey Citroen 2CV6. I once owned a yellow one - it was always breaking down but I loved it.
The wider river is the Eden and the smaller one is the Medway:
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Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on April 27, 2021, 11:51:21 PM
Here are some more images:

The top photo has a 'Pill Box' World War Two defence bunker in the middle of the field. Some of them are used as bat sanctuaries now. The archway is the entrance to Penshurst Place:
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: steve ridgway on April 28, 2021, 05:23:06 AM
Looks like you made the most of the sunny weather Jeffrey. It’s gone all grey here today.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on April 28, 2021, 07:34:11 AM
Lovely photos Jeffrey!  And looks like you're getting your walks in too.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on April 28, 2021, 09:44:17 AM
Looks like you made the most of the sunny weather Jeffrey. It’s gone all grey here today.
Same here Steve. It was colder than it looks. For the first time in a year we were able to visit a pub  :) :) :)
However we had to freeze at an outside, socially-distanced table with our drinks. Still, was great to be able to go to the pub again.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on April 28, 2021, 09:46:08 AM
Lovely photos Jeffrey!  And looks like you're getting your walks in too.
Thanks PD and I enjoy the walks and the therapeutic affects of being outside in nice countryside - especially now that we can go to the pub afterwards  ;D
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on April 28, 2021, 10:06:45 AM
Thanks PD and I enjoy the walks and the therapeutic affects of being outside in nice countryside - especially now that we can go to the pub afterwards  ;D
Yes, getting outdoors is important to keep ones sanity--particularly in these times!  Glad that you were able to enjoy your pub visit (albeit a rather cold one).

PD
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: MusicTurner on April 28, 2021, 12:39:08 PM
Nice photos and congrats, good to hear.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: MusicTurner on May 09, 2021, 09:39:29 AM
Had a lovely walk round the Karlstrup Kalkbrud old quarry lake, around 20 km south from Copenhagen. It's a local place, not very well-known, but quite exotically looking, with some huge fish in the crystal clear, turquoise waters. Could be a lot of other places than Denmark. Some people were fishing, though it wasn't allowed, cf. the signs there.

The first really warm day this year, weather has been mostly chilly, for longer than average.

We also visited some open art studios at a former airforce base in Værløse, very interesting, with some talkative/informative people around.

EDIT: Turns out that fishing is allowed if you have a special club membership.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: MusicTurner on May 09, 2021, 09:52:43 AM
Yesterday I cycled out to Dragør (20 km away) an old fishing village, now an upscale place, where locals are grumpy about the likely prospect of becoming a UNESCO site, due to increased tourist invasion. I toured the village and the sea front on foot. It was a quiet day with a friendly atmosphere, and a couple sitting on their terrace invited me in to see their grounds, when they saw my interest in their cosy house designs.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: (: premont :) on May 09, 2021, 10:28:18 AM
Had a lovely walk round the Karlstrup Kalkbrud old quarry lake, around 20 km south from Copenhagen.

Yesterday I cycled out to Dragør (20 km away) an old fishing village, now an upscale place..

Very nice MT.  :)
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: steve ridgway on May 10, 2021, 05:27:31 AM
Yes it looks lovely in Denmark, very bright and clean. :)
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on May 10, 2021, 12:01:31 PM
Had a lovely walk round the Karlstrup Kalkbrud old quarry lake, around 20 km south from Copenhagen. It's a local place, not very well-known, but quite exotically looking, with some huge fish in the crystal clear, turquoise waters. Could be a lot of other places than Denmark. Some people were fishing, though it wasn't allowed, cf. the signs there.

The first really warm day this year, weather has been mostly chilly, for longer than average.

We also visited some open art studios at a former airforce base in Værløse, very interesting, with some talkative/informative people around.

EDIT: Turns out that fishing is allowed if you have a special club membership.
What beautiful waters!  :)

PD
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on May 11, 2021, 12:21:44 AM
Yesterday I cycled out to Dragør (20 km away) an old fishing village, now an upscale place, where locals are grumpy about the likely prospect of becoming a UNESCO site, due to increased tourist invasion. I toured the village and the sea front on foot. It was a quiet day with a friendly atmosphere, and a couple sitting on their terrace invited me in to see their grounds, when they saw my interest in their cosy house designs.
Very nice photos! + the quarry lake. I've only been to Denmark once (day-trip 'mini-cruse' to Esjberg). The sea was terribly rough, so that by the time we got to Esjberg we, more-or-less, had to get back on the ship for the return journey! My friend, rather unwisely, eat a large smorgasbord meal whilst we were still in port and was then ill all the way back. My brother has been to visit Nielsen's home - a more successful trip I think.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: steve ridgway on May 11, 2021, 03:23:35 AM
Very nice photos! + the quarry lake. I've only been to Denmark once (day-trip 'mini-cruse' to Esjberg). The sea was terribly rough, so that by the time we got to Esjberg we, more-or-less, had to get back on the ship for the return journey! My friend, rather unwisely, eat a large smorgasbord meal whilst we were still in port and was then ill all the way back. My brother has been to visit Nielsen's home - a more successful trip I think.

I once spent a week in Svendborg for work. We successfully ate loads of smorgasbord (washed down with akvavit and lager) although were dying for a curry when we got back. :P
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: MusicTurner on May 11, 2021, 04:15:31 AM
Thanks folks. I did some further research on the inviting quarry lake with the blue water at Karlstrup.They say that it's deep, and the water tends to be surprisingly cold just a bit below the surface, making the contrast in temperature even unexpectedly dangerous for swimmers. But they won't be introducing a ban on any swimming there. The lake was an unexpected find, and looks more southern or outlandish than much of our local scenery. A bloke and his son were climbing almost vertical cliffs there with a hammer, hunting for fossils ...

Esbjerg is probably not the most charming place in DK, it's a new town, but those UK ferries are missed these days, in spite of the rough waters there were at times. I also went to Nielsen's birthplace on Funen last year, but it's rather sparse, and the surroundings include a highway right next to it, yet still it's nice to know that he actually lived there. Generally, we could do better as regards museums dealing with our classical music heritage. Composers have often had interesting lives, knowing many people, and there are actually quite a few such potential Danish candidates ...   I visited the Svendborg area just a month ago, including staying at a B&B on the nearby island of Tåsinge, the place for the original Elvira Madigan story, commemorated ever since. It's a nice, often pretty, and diverse region, recommendable. I might be going there again this summer, including to some of the smaller islands.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: steve ridgway on June 04, 2021, 03:56:24 AM
Alderley Edge this morning, including entrance to ancient copper mines and view to Jodrell Bank radio telescope.

Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: MusicTurner on June 05, 2021, 11:05:18 AM
Back on tranquil, unpretentious Agersø island for a couple of nights with a tent at a campsite. Did a tour today, including some walks, the lush scenery of course being a contrast to the austerity of April and early Springtime earlier this year.

Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: MusicTurner on June 05, 2021, 11:12:33 AM
Here's a farm booth selling hand-knitted socks (cheap, around 5-7 Euros; 'penge' means 'money'), typical Danish rapeseed fields, and a sauna barrell (5 persons maximum !) at the island harbour ...
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: DaveF on June 05, 2021, 11:36:15 AM
Alderley Edge this morning, including entrance to ancient copper mines and view to Jodrell Bank radio telescope.

Ah, so you're in that part of Cheshire.  Are you an Alan Garner fan (I hope)?
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: steve ridgway on June 07, 2021, 04:32:23 AM
Ah, so you're in that part of Cheshire.  Are you an Alan Garner fan (I hope)?

I did read The Weirdstone of Brisingamen many years ago and these woods are on his map. I've also been on a couple of tours of the mines which were very atmospheric, particularly as they've never been brought up to visitor attraction standard. We were round there again this morning.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: steve ridgway on June 07, 2021, 04:34:56 AM
Here's a farm booth selling hand-knitted socks (cheap, around 5-7 Euros; 'penge' means 'money'), typical Danish rapeseed fields, and a sauna barrell (5 persons maximum !) at the island harbour ...

This looks very nice although I'm not a fan of the yellow weed. :'(
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on June 07, 2021, 04:51:00 AM
Back on tranquil, unpretentious Agersø island for a couple of nights with a tent at a campsite. Did a tour today, including some walks, the lush scenery of course being a contrast to the austerity of April and early Springtime earlier this year.

Here's a farm booth selling hand-knitted socks (cheap, around 5-7 Euros; 'penge' means 'money'), typical Danish rapeseed fields, and a sauna barrell (5 persons maximum !) at the island harbour ...

Beautiful!  Are you able to swim around there?  How's the water temp?

Hadn't heard of a sauna barrel before.  How are they?

PD
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: MusicTurner on June 07, 2021, 04:56:16 AM
Beautiful!  Are you able to swim around there?  How's the water temp?

Hadn't heard of a sauna barrel before.  How are they?

PD

Sea water is now 18-19 degrees C, but the current heat wave will make it warmer soon. I only took a morning swim, which was certainly doable. Just had 1 whole day and two halfdays there. Beaches on Agersø apparently weren't really top notch, last year nearby Omø had better ones. Hope to do many more trips around the country this summer, since going abroad will be cancelled, or very limited.

I don't know much about the sauna barrell, but it was a funny feature for users of the harbour and summer guests on the island :). The price is apparently modest, DKK 40 or less than 5 Euros per hour. Generally, Finns, Swedes and Norwegians are probably more into saunas than we are. But here you could jump right into the water afterwards.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on June 07, 2021, 05:12:36 AM
Sea water is now 18-19 degrees C, but the current heat wave will make it warmer soon. I only took a morning swim, which was certainly doable. Just had 1 whole day and two halfdays there. Beaches on Agersø apparently weren't really top notch, last year nearby Omø had better ones. Hope to do many more trips around the country this summer, since going abroad will be cancelled, or very limited.

I don't know much about the sauna barrell, but it was a funny feature for users of the harbour and summer guests on the island :). The price is apparently modest, DKK 40 or less than 5 Euros per hour. Generally, Finns, Swedes and Norwegians are probably more into saunas than we are. But here you could jump right into the water afterwards.
Interesting to read about their pros and cons....particularly during wintertime.  I enjoyed using one when I belonged to a gym that had one.

https://www.saunatimes.com/building-a-sauna/types-of-saunas/10-things-you-may-want-to-know-about-barrel-saunas/

Went outside to water my veg/herb garden and to fill up the bird bath.  Already toasty at 8-something this morning!  Yesterday I did see my first cherry tomato forming on a plant though.  :)

PD
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: MusicTurner on June 07, 2021, 05:23:58 AM
Interesting to read about their pros and cons....particularly during wintertime.  I enjoyed using one when I belonged to a gym that had one.

https://www.saunatimes.com/building-a-sauna/types-of-saunas/10-things-you-may-want-to-know-about-barrel-saunas/

Went outside to water my veg/herb garden and to fill up the bird bath.  Already toasty at 8-something this morning!  Yesterday I did see my first cherry tomato forming on a plant though.  :)

PD

Lovely with all the delights of summer now, following such a harsh year. The host at the camp site was very much into birds and talked of the owls residing there, and there was also a hare with her 3 offsprings, who'd play shyly on the tenting grounds every evening, in spite of the people and dogs there.

Thanks for the link, I didn't know barrell saunas was that much a thing. So they probably bought a complete one for Agersø too, and didn't manufacture it by themselves ...
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Irons on June 08, 2021, 10:12:33 PM
Interesting to read about their pros and cons....particularly during wintertime.  I enjoyed using one when I belonged to a gym that had one.

https://www.saunatimes.com/building-a-sauna/types-of-saunas/10-things-you-may-want-to-know-about-barrel-saunas/

Went outside to water my veg/herb garden and to fill up the bird bath.  Already toasty at 8-something this morning! Yesterday I did see my first cherry tomato forming on a plant though.  :)

PD

Way ahead of me PD. :P
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on June 08, 2021, 10:35:00 PM
Back on tranquil, unpretentious Agersø island for a couple of nights with a tent at a campsite. Did a tour today, including some walks, the lush scenery of course being a contrast to the austerity of April and early Springtime earlier this year.
Very nice images. The last one reminds me of a setting for an Edvard Munch painting.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on June 08, 2021, 10:36:37 PM
Alderley Edge this morning, including entrance to ancient copper mines and view to Jodrell Bank radio telescope.
Very nice Steve but where is Jodrell Bank?
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on June 09, 2021, 05:41:32 AM
Way ahead of me PD. :P
Well, there are at least a few benefits from the heatwave and storms that we've been having lately...the tomatoes, peppers and eggplants like it; personally, I've hated the times that I've gone out lately and am doing my best to hang out by my a/c!  Your current weather sounds heavenly Irons!

PD
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: foxandpeng on June 10, 2021, 03:48:33 AM
Alderley Edge this morning, including entrance to ancient copper mines and view to Jodrell Bank radio telescope.

If I looked out of my window, I could probably wave to you.

Well, almost...
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on June 10, 2021, 04:01:27 AM
If I looked out of my window, I could probably wave to you.

Well, almost...
I just googled Alderley Edge and read about a fascinating legend involving a farmer, a white horse and an old man.  :)  Is it well known?  At least in the area?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alderley_Edge#Notable_residents

PD
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: steve ridgway on June 11, 2021, 06:12:21 AM
Very nice Steve but where is Jodrell Bank?

It's not so obvious in that photo; this one was taken not far away but with a much larger telephoto lens.

Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: steve ridgway on June 11, 2021, 06:20:13 AM
If I looked out of my window, I could probably wave to you.

Well, almost...

We actually live 15 miles away in Sale but visit this part of Cheshire a lot as well as closer areas such as the airport and Wilmslow. The last few days though I've been walking the dogs from home, one at a time as it's a much more relaxing experience and different walks are better suited to each of them. Today Ralph went round the nearby park, Joe along the canal and Miko to the woods.

Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: MusicTurner on June 11, 2021, 06:31:43 AM
Lovely, the scenery looks very fresh and lush.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: steve ridgway on June 11, 2021, 06:37:52 AM
I just googled Alderley Edge and read about a fascinating legend involving a farmer, a white horse and an old man.  :)  Is it well known?  At least in the area?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alderley_Edge#Notable_residents

PD

I suspect it might be true as Ralph the dog once ran off in the woods and came back pouring blood from a long, clean and straight cut to his ear - just like a sword might inflict. :o
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on June 11, 2021, 07:09:44 AM
I suspect it might be true as Ralph the dog once ran off in the woods and came back pouring blood from a long, clean and straight cut to his ear - just like a sword might inflict. :o
???  Poor dog!  And lucky you!  Three dogs to choose from when taking a walk.  ;) :)

I tried getting my cats used to being on a leash outside...that didn't go over well!  One of them kept circling around one of my rose bushes which made it quite challenging for the walker.

PD
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: foxandpeng on June 11, 2021, 10:17:42 AM
We actually live 15 miles away in Sale but visit this part of Cheshire a lot as well as closer areas such as the airport and Wilmslow. The last few days though I've been walking the dogs from home, one at a time as it's a much more relaxing experience and different walks are better suited to each of them. Today Ralph went round the nearby park, Joe along the canal and Miko to the woods.

Ah, we're not quite close enough to wave, then. We're just outside Sandbach, so we'd need to turn up the music pretty loud to be able to hear one another.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: steve ridgway on June 11, 2021, 08:18:46 PM
Ah, we're not quite close enough to wave, then. We're just outside Sandbach, so we'd need to turn up the music pretty loud to be able to hear one another.

Allegaeon it is then. 8)

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Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: foxandpeng on June 12, 2021, 01:10:36 AM
Allegaeon it is then. 8)

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Ah, buddy. What a great choice. A man of taste. My non-classical choice this morning is Uada.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: steve ridgway on June 12, 2021, 02:43:36 AM
I tried getting my cats used to being on a leash outside...that didn't go over well!  One of them kept circling around one of my rose bushes which made it quite challenging for the walker.

LOL we once saw someone in Lancashire taking a ferret for a walk on a leash. They'd need to keep a sharp lookout for dogs. :o

I'm making an effort to do different walks from home so today Joe's been to the lake - and in it.

Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on June 12, 2021, 04:51:07 AM
LOL we once saw someone in Lancashire taking a ferret for a walk on a leash. They'd need to keep a sharp lookout for dogs. :o

I'm making an effort to do different walks from home so today Joe's been to the lake - and in it.
I know someone who has two cats (Bengals I believe) which he puts on leashes.  The older male one (which he acquired first) is fairly adventurous and they'll take short walks around their neighborhood.  The more recently acquired and younger female has gotten used to the leash but is much more people afraid and is reluctant to leave their yard.  They also have two stakes in their yard to which they have attached long leads(?).  They'll bring their cats outside when they (the couple) are hanging out in their yard.  The cats seem to enjoy it (and have access to shady areas out of the sun)...watching the birds, etc. (but can't get at them).

Yes, dogs love to go splashing around in the water...particularly on warm days.  :)

PD
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: VonStupp on June 17, 2021, 10:22:39 AM
There is a 26-mile forested walking/biking trail near where I live, and we use it all of the time. Today, the girls and I went out geocaching along the way, which they like to call treasure hunting. The verge was pretty high and I got caught up in some gooseberries. Now it looks like I was attacked by a Liger.

It was a good time regardless, a beautiful day to be out and about, and the flora and fauna are always giving us surprises, like a fawn that leapt out and scared me out of my wits. The girls think it is hilarious when inevitably, at the end of each of our excursions, I lament needing blood-pressure medicine for our adventures.

-picture included-
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: steve ridgway on June 17, 2021, 08:10:25 PM
There is a 26-mile forested walking/biking trail near where I live, and we use it all of the time. Today, the girls and I went out geocaching along the way, which they like to call treasure hunting. The verge was pretty high and I got caught up in some gooseberries. Now it looks like I was attacked by a Liger.

It was a good time regardless, a beautiful day to be out and about, and the flora and fauna are always giving us surprises, like a fawn that leapt out and scared me out of my wits. The girls think it is hilarious when inevitably, at the end of each of our excursions, I lament needing blood-pressure medicine for our adventures.

That looks good, nice to have some shade from the sun. We’ve stumbled across a few of those geocaches over the years, they have all sorts of treasure in them. :)
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on June 18, 2021, 04:37:11 AM
There is a 26-mile forested walking/biking trail near where I live, and we use it all of the time. Today, the girls and I went out geocaching along the way, which they like to call treasure hunting. The verge was pretty high and I got caught up in some gooseberries. Now it looks like I was attacked by a Liger.

It was a good time regardless, a beautiful day to be out and about, and the flora and fauna are always giving us surprises, like a fawn that leapt out and scared me out of my wits. The girls think it is hilarious when inevitably, at the end of each of our excursions, I lament needing blood-pressure medicine for our adventures.

-picture included-

That looks good, nice to have some shade from the sun. We’ve stumbled across a few of those geocaches over the years, they have all sorts of treasure in them. :)
Hadn't heard of geocaching before now...had to go and look it up.  Sounds like it could be fun!  What kinds of things have you guys found and what have you added to them?

PD
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on June 18, 2021, 05:37:11 AM
It's not so obvious in that photo; this one was taken not far away but with a much larger telephoto lens.
Great image! Thanks Steve.
 :)
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on June 18, 2021, 05:39:09 AM
There is a 26-mile forested walking/biking trail near where I live, and we use it all of the time. Today, the girls and I went out geocaching along the way, which they like to call treasure hunting. The verge was pretty high and I got caught up in some gooseberries. Now it looks like I was attacked by a Liger.

It was a good time regardless, a beautiful day to be out and about, and the flora and fauna are always giving us surprises, like a fawn that leapt out and scared me out of my wits. The girls think it is hilarious when inevitably, at the end of each of our excursions, I lament needing blood-pressure medicine for our adventures.

-picture included-
Had to look up 'Geocaching' - how interesting!
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on June 18, 2021, 06:37:12 AM
Had to look up 'Geocaching' - how interesting!
Nice to know that I'm not alone!  ;D

PD
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: VonStupp on June 18, 2021, 06:38:35 AM
Hadn't heard of geocaching before now...had to go and luck it up.  Sounds like it could be fun!  What kinds of things have you guys found and what have you added to them?

PD

Had to look up 'Geocaching' - how interesting!

That looks good, nice to have some shade from the sun. We’ve stumbled across a few of those geocaches over the years, they have all sorts of treasure in them. :)

We started geocaching to add a little fun to our daily constitutionals with the children, and they enjoyed the added mystery aspect of being out and about. But, it has really been a great way to explore areas that we would have never found or looked for on our own.

Last week, we went to an 1800's cemetery that was in the middle of nowhere. This particular geocache had you use the dates on the gravestones to point you to a specific GPS coordinate, although they were so untouched by the passage of time, it was very challenging to decipher. In this case, it was fun exploring an homage to the past in this area, and a great way to connect with the natural world. The cemetery was in the middle of a forest, a ghost-town location I was unaware of. My girls were fascinated by an inchworm most of the time.

The treasures are usually for children, where you can exchange doodads. But, there are also special medals you can put in that can be tracked across the country to see who picks it up and where it goes. Otherwise, you log yourself on a paper provided when you find it and you can use the geocaching website to keep track of your finds and connect with the larger geocaching community. Some caches range from easy, humorous locations, to microscopic challenging finds, to multi-step, clue-based searches, to history/geology lessons.

It has been a good time since we discovered this activity. If you have a little detective burgeoning within, it adds the physical outdoors and community exploration to a curious mind and a body wanting to get out and about.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: steve ridgway on July 08, 2021, 02:34:53 AM
We've been walking round Wythenshawe Park a lot lately, it's less than 3 miles from home and has plenty of open parkland and wooded areas. Rather cloudy today but no actual rain.

Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Mandryka on July 08, 2021, 02:43:16 AM
We've been walking round Wythenshawe Park a lot lately, it's less than 3 miles from home and has plenty of open parkland and wooded areas. Rather cloudy today but no actual rain.

We get a lot of wild parrots in the garden - they make a hell of a noise. Outside my house there’s an enormous plane tree, a street tree, with a hole in it, which they use every year as a nesting spot. The contrast of the green of the parrot and the dappled peeling bark of the plane is rather nice.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on July 08, 2021, 03:39:53 AM
We've been walking round Wythenshawe Park a lot lately, it's less than 3 miles from home and has plenty of open parkland and wooded areas. Rather cloudy today but no actual rain.
Beautiful!
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: steve ridgway on July 08, 2021, 04:06:02 AM
We get a lot of wild parrots in the garden - they make a hell of a noise. Outside my house there’s an enormous plane tree, a street tree, with a hole in it, which they use every year as a nesting spot. The contrast of the green of the parrot and the dappled peeling bark of the plane is rather nice.

We’ve only been seeing many of these parakeets in the last couple of years but they’re pretty common now. It’s more crows, wood pigeons and sparrows in our garden.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: MusicTurner on July 18, 2021, 10:05:49 AM
Yet again staying a few days on the Stevns peninsula a bit south of Copenhagen, with the coastal cliffs that have become a UNESCO site, due to their geological interest.

Today I walked along a good part of the lovely 'Stevns Trampesti' hiking path, from Rødvig village, where I'm staying on a farm, about 6km up to Højerup village with the cliff-hanging, medieval church. This was a new section of the path for me. Having pulled my bike, I then cycled back. Glad that I could in spite of my at times aching foot.

The old limestone quarries include a gigantic, round hall for storing crushed stone powder, that would be dumped from the top center of the roof there.

Out on the sea, the Danish queen's old ship 'Dannebrog' was moving around, a beautiful sight, but photo-wise not that interesting.

There are also large Cold War underground fortifications dug out in a part of the cliffs, with guns etc., now a museum.

One can see up to Copenhagen and the bridge to Sweden, and southwards, down to the island of Møn.

There are no roads along the cliffs, only footpaths, I think about 20 km totally.

We've had a heat wave, but today was windy, yet beautiful and sunny.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on July 18, 2021, 11:54:02 AM
Yet again staying a few days on the Stevns peninsula a bit south of Copenhagen, with the coastal cliffs that have become a UNESCO site, due to their geological interest.

Today I walked along a good part of the lovely 'Stevns Trampesti' hiking path, from Rødvig village, where I'm staying on a farm, about 6km up to Højerup village with the cliff-hanging, medieval church. This was a new section of the path for me. Having pulled my bike, I then cycled back. Glad that I could in spite of my at times aching foot.

The old limestone quarries include a gigantic, round hall for storing crushed stone powder, that would be dumped from the top center of the roof there.

Out on the sea, the Danish queen's old ship 'Dannebrog' was moving around, a beautiful sight, but photo-wise not that interesting.

There are also large Cold War underground fortifications dug out in a part of the cliffs, with guns etc., now a museum.

One can see up to Copenhagen and the bridge to Sweden, and southwards, down to the island of Møn.

There are no roads along the cliffs, only footpaths, I think about 20 km totally.

We've had a heat wave, but today was windy, yet beautiful and sunny.
Terrific photos - I assume that the third photo down is the Cold War bunker.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: MusicTurner on July 18, 2021, 07:37:23 PM
The interior is actually the quarry-related deposit hall from this round, peculiar, hat-like building (doors just stand open ...).

Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Irons on July 19, 2021, 02:37:02 AM
The interior is actually the quarry-related deposit hall from this round, peculiar, hat-like building (doors just stand open ...).

Going by the two figures walking away it is big.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on July 19, 2021, 02:54:02 AM
Last Friday we did a three mile walk from Rudyard Kipling's house 'Bateman's' which is not far away. I liked the wooden sculpture of Kipling:
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Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on July 19, 2021, 02:58:09 AM
On Saturday, as it was hot, we set off early and did a c.7 mile walk on the South Downs near Firle. Look our for the WW2 bomb crater at the top right of one photo - a surreal sight up there. That's the English Channel in the distance, looking unusually blue:
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Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: MusicTurner on July 20, 2021, 01:04:46 AM
Going by the two figures walking away it is big.

Got the measurements - the pyramid hall is 20 m high and 60 m wide. It dates from 1967. The whole quarry is being refurbished, in relation to future tourist visits and UNESCO obligations. They found some minute traces of old asbest in the floor sections, and it was thus closed for some time during investigations, but it has been measured not to be a danger to the public.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: MusicTurner on July 20, 2021, 01:09:01 AM
On Saturday, as it was hot, we set off early and did a c.7 mile walk on the South Downs near Firle. Look our for the WW2 bomb crater at the top right of one photo - a surreal sight up there. That's the English Channel in the distance, looking unusually blue:
(http://)

Beautiful scenery, and with a certain desolate, hilly grandeur in spite of the agriculture. Perhaps a high summer landscape one doesn't typically associate with England, maybe-maybe with say central France a bit more ...
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Irons on July 20, 2021, 07:11:01 AM
Got the measurements - the pyramid hall is 20 m high and 60 m wide. It dates from 1967. The whole quarry is being refurbished, in relation to future tourist visits and UNESCO obligations. They found some minute traces of old asbest in the floor sections, and it was thus closed for some time during investigations, but it has been measured not to be a danger to the public.

Thanks. Most impressive.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on July 20, 2021, 10:45:05 AM
Beautiful scenery, and with a certain desolate, hilly grandeur in spite of the agriculture. Perhaps a high summer landscape one doesn't typically associate with England, maybe-maybe with say central France a bit more ...
Thanks. It's fairly typical of rural Sussex but obviously high up.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on August 01, 2021, 05:46:12 AM
Recently we've been in Lincolnshire to visit a recently bereaved university friend of my wife and we took the opportunity to have a few days away. Lincolnshire is not somewhere I know well but we had a very good time, including one or two nice walks. We were surprised how quiet the roads were even on weekdays. Included are photos that I took of the Humber Bridge and the statue of the poet Tennyson (complete with dog) at Lincoln Cathedral. The impressive sculpture (so much better than the naff one of Princess Diana and Mary Wollstonecraft in London) was by a great artist G.F. Watts (Stanford 6th Symphony was in his memory):

Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Irons on August 24, 2021, 06:13:21 AM
My favourite walk is along the coast from Aldeburgh to Thorpeness and back but being aware of one's limitations is sensible. The knees are not up to it anymore. Instead we clocked up a fair distance locating Britten's grave in the cemetery of Aldeburgh Parish Church. I found it surprising that both BB (on the left) and Peter Pears gravestone are so plain, name and birth/death dates that is all. The grave in the middle at the rear is Imogen Holst. Quite by accident in another part of the cemetery we stumbled on the grave of the music critic John Amis.

(https://i.imgur.com/UfCaGJT.jpg) (https://i.imgur.com/AxTHMuG.jpg)

Any visit to Aldeburgh has to include the tribute to BB in the form of "Scallop Shell" - how can you miss it! Unlike most sculptures I think the shell is more impressive from distance with the surrounding coastline then up close.

(https://i.imgur.com/uWGQSqD.jpg) (https://i.imgur.com/tzaS4w7.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/yxKwGMj.jpg)



 
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: steve ridgway on August 24, 2021, 06:45:14 AM
That "Scallop Shell" stands out very well on the flat beach. I was reading only yesterday that scallops have up to 200 very small eyes that don’t operate by means of the usual lenses, but are actually constructed of parabolic mirrors. And they have a double layered retina . :o
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: MusicTurner on August 24, 2021, 07:55:55 AM
I guess you could compare it to an advanced smiley :)
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: MusicTurner on August 24, 2021, 07:59:55 AM
My favourite walk is along the coast from Aldeburgh to Thorpeness and back but being aware of one's limitations is sensible. The knees are not up to it anymore. Instead we clocked up a fair distance locating Britten's grave in the cemetery of Aldeburgh Parish Church. I found it surprising that both BB (on the left) and Peter Pears gravestone are so plain, name and birth/death dates that is all. The grave in the middle at the rear is Imogen Holst. (...)

Any visit to Aldeburgh has to include the tribute to BB in the form of "Scallop Shell" - how can you miss it! Unlike most sculptures I think the shell is more impressive from distance with the surrounding coastline then up close.
(...)
 


That's interesting. One almost expects that lonely peacock-like shell thing on the beach to start moving ... a daring placement.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on August 24, 2021, 08:07:35 AM
My favourite walk is along the coast from Aldeburgh to Thorpeness and back but being aware of one's limitations is sensible. The knees are not up to it anymore. Instead we clocked up a fair distance locating Britten's grave in the cemetery of Aldeburgh Parish Church. I found it surprising that both BB (on the left) and Peter Pears gravestone are so plain, name and birth/death dates that is all. The grave in the middle at the rear is Imogen Holst. Quite by accident in another part of the cemetery we stumbled on the grave of the music critic John Amis.

(https://i.imgur.com/UfCaGJT.jpg) (https://i.imgur.com/AxTHMuG.jpg)

Any visit to Aldeburgh has to include the tribute to BB in the form of "Scallop Shell" - how can you miss it! Unlike most sculptures I think the shell is more impressive from distance with the surrounding coastline then up close.

(https://i.imgur.com/uWGQSqD.jpg) (https://i.imgur.com/tzaS4w7.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/yxKwGMj.jpg)



 
I'm glad to see that you were able to make your yearly visit to Aldeburgh Irons!  The Scallop is great; love the shape and the words that were carved into it (tribute to Britten).

And thank you for the graveyard shots too!  :)

PD
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Iota on August 24, 2021, 09:12:57 AM
That's the English Channel in the distance, looking unusually blue:

(https://www.good-music-guide.com/community/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=30052.0;attach=75687)

True! The bluest I've ever seen the Channel was in Hythe, Kent about three years ago, it quite took my breath away. I'm so used to the usual grey/green.



I found it surprising that both BB (on the left) and Peter Pears gravestone are so plain, name and birth/death dates that is all.

(https://i.imgur.com/UfCaGJT.jpg)

I agree that is surprising. But actually on reflection, it does seem somehow appropriate considering the general aura of his character and music. Touchingly so.

Thanks for posting the pics, nice to see.




 
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Iota on August 24, 2021, 11:58:46 AM
Interesting, thanks! We didn't having swimming stuff with us at the time, but if we had I'd have been sorely tempted. It looked so inviting! Perhaps the depth explains the unusual blue-ness?
Can't remember any anglers, but agree swimming and fishing hooks not a good mix! Anyway, will be better prepared next time!  :)
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Irons on August 24, 2021, 11:36:42 PM
That "Scallop Shell" stands out very well on the flat beach. I was reading only yesterday that scallops have up to 200 very small eyes that don’t operate by means of the usual lenses, but are actually constructed of parabolic mirrors. And they have a double layered retina . :o

The wonder of nature!


That's interesting. One almost expects that lonely peacock-like shell thing on the beach to start moving ... a daring placement.

Don't know how anchored but the shell is solid as a rock. Kids are often climbing all over it.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Papy Oli on August 25, 2021, 12:05:53 AM
My favourite walk is along the coast from Aldeburgh to Thorpeness and back but being aware of one's limitations is sensible. The knees are not up to it anymore. Instead we clocked up a fair distance locating Britten's grave in the cemetery of Aldeburgh Parish Church. I found it surprising that both BB (on the left) and Peter Pears gravestone are so plain, name and birth/death dates that is all. The grave in the middle at the rear is Imogen Holst. Quite by accident in another part of the cemetery we stumbled on the grave of the music critic John Amis.

Any visit to Aldeburgh has to include the tribute to BB in the form of "Scallop Shell" - how can you miss it! Unlike most sculptures I think the shell is more impressive from distance with the surrounding coastline then up close.

(https://i.imgur.com/yxKwGMj.jpg)
 

It is a very special place there. Loved that walk all the way to the boat lake and the House in the Clouds.

Thank you for posting those, Lol.

You can take the boy out of Suffolk, etc etc...  :)
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on August 25, 2021, 02:40:50 AM
My favourite walk is along the coast from Aldeburgh to Thorpeness and back but being aware of one's limitations is sensible. The knees are not up to it anymore. Instead we clocked up a fair distance locating Britten's grave in the cemetery of Aldeburgh Parish Church. I found it surprising that both BB (on the left) and Peter Pears gravestone are so plain, name and birth/death dates that is all. The grave in the middle at the rear is Imogen Holst. Quite by accident in another part of the cemetery we stumbled on the grave of the music critic John Amis.

(https://i.imgur.com/UfCaGJT.jpg) (https://i.imgur.com/AxTHMuG.jpg)

Any visit to Aldeburgh has to include the tribute to BB in the form of "Scallop Shell" - how can you miss it! Unlike most sculptures I think the shell is more impressive from distance with the surrounding coastline then up close.

(https://i.imgur.com/uWGQSqD.jpg) (https://i.imgur.com/tzaS4w7.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/yxKwGMj.jpg)



 
Very nice Lol - I was there a couple of years ago although I never got to the cemetery.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: MusicTurner on August 25, 2021, 11:20:50 AM
Have been to Bornholm island for a couple of stays recently, but am now in Northern Jutland for a few days with a family member, and took a walk along the North Sea in the sunset, from the B&B to Thorup Strand hamlet. One of the last places in Denmark where they pull up the fishing boats on the beach with a wire system and 'park' them there, since there's no harbour.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on August 26, 2021, 02:50:43 AM
Have been to Bornholm island for a couple of stays recently, but am now in Northern Jutland for a few days with a family, and took a walk along the North Sea in the sunset, from the B&B to Thorup Strand hamlet. One of the last places in Denmark where they pull up the fishing boats on the beach with a wire system and 'park' them there, since there's no harbour.
Looks very calm and lovely!  Enjoy your trip!  :)

PD
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: MusicTurner on August 26, 2021, 10:48:56 AM
Looks very calm and lovely!  Enjoy your trip!  :)

PD

Thank you. Today's photos were better & we had a great evening fish dish in an unpretentious eating hall next to the ships, the sea was raging, but there was evening sun too.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Irons on August 26, 2021, 11:00:00 PM
It is a very special place there. Loved that walk all the way to the boat lake and the House in the Clouds.

Thank you for posting those, Lol.

You can take the boy out of Suffolk, etc etc...  :)

Is the house in the clouds the windmill, Olivier?

Very nice Lol - I was there a couple of years ago although I never got to the cemetery.

We would never have found Britten's grave, only my wife had the brilliant idea of finding an image on Google. After that, relatively easy.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Irons on August 26, 2021, 11:01:57 PM
Thank you. Today's photos were better & we had a great evening fish dish in an unpretentious eating hall next to the ships, the sea was raging, but there was evening sun too.

Lovely photo.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Papy Oli on August 26, 2021, 11:05:32 PM
Is the house in the clouds the windmill, Olivier?

Yes the red and black former windmill, turned into flats, sticking out of the trees. Lovely conversion, except for taking the shopping up  ;D
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on August 27, 2021, 01:33:07 AM
Have been to Bornholm island for a couple of stays recently, but am now in Northern Jutland for a few days with a family member, and took a walk along the North Sea in the sunset, from the B&B to Thorup Strand hamlet. One of the last places in Denmark where they pull up the fishing boats on the beach with a wire system and 'park' them there, since there's no harbour.
Looks absolutely beautiful.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on August 27, 2021, 01:34:08 AM
Thank you. Today's photos were better & we had a great evening fish dish in an unpretentious eating hall next to the ships, the sea was raging, but there was evening sun too.
Wonderful! Looks like a painting by J M W Turner (maybe a relative of yours?  ;D).
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Irons on August 27, 2021, 06:42:46 AM
Yes the red and black former windmill, turned into flats, sticking out of the trees. Lovely conversion, except for taking the shopping up  ;D

Ahh, thanks.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: flyingdutchman on August 28, 2021, 10:35:53 PM
I usually take a walk up a ridge in East Honolulu that is about 4 miles round trip.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on August 29, 2021, 02:55:26 AM
Thank you. Today's photos were better & we had a great evening fish dish in an unpretentious eating hall next to the ships, the sea was raging, but there was evening sun too.
Fresh fish....yummmm!  ;D  Looks like a beautiful place to visit.

PD
I usually take a walk up a ridge in East Honolulu that is about 4 miles round trip.
I'll bet that that is a beautiful hike!

PD
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on August 29, 2021, 09:39:54 PM
Here are some images from a walk that my wife and I went on last Saturday (I would have been quite happy to stay at home, read the newspaper, play with the cat and listen to my CDs  ::)) Anyway, it was a beautiful walk and good exercise. It started from the village of East Dean on the South Coast and then follows the 'Seven Sisters' cliffs for a few miles, with spectacular views of the cliffs and the English Channel. Sections were a bit steep and maybe not the wisest choice for someone currently suffering from vertigo and balance problems! On Saturday we are going to Stockholm but that, sadly, is for my brother-in-law's funeral. We are staying for few nights so might get a chance to look around the city and the beautiful archipelago. If so I'll try to take some photos:
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Post by: Irons on August 30, 2021, 12:09:52 AM
Here are some images from a walk that my wife and I went on last Saturday (I would have been quite happy to stay at home, read the newspaper, play with the cat and listen to my CDs  ::)) Anyway, it was a beautiful walk and good exercise. It started from the village of East Dean on the South Coast and then follows the 'Seven Sisters' cliffs for a few miles, with spectacular views of the cliffs and the English Channel. Sections were a bit steep and maybe not the wisest choice for someone currently suffering from vertigo and balance problems! On Saturday we are going to Stockholm but that, sadly, is for my brother-in-law's funeral. We are staying for few nights so might get a chance to look around the city and the beautiful archipelago. If so I'll try to take some photos:

Take care, Jeffrey. I was reading yesterday that there is surprisingly a gang culture in Stockholm that has got out of control.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: MusicTurner on August 30, 2021, 01:32:42 AM
That's first and foremost in some Stockholm suburbs, possibly with some problems near the Central Station too.

Stockholm is a beautiful city, of course especially the centre of Gamla Stan. Very expensive, though - and budget options are few and far between.
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Post by: steve ridgway on August 30, 2021, 07:21:53 AM
Well done for completing the walk Jeffrey. 8)
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Post by: vandermolen on August 30, 2021, 07:29:01 AM
Well done for completing the walk Jeffrey. 8)
Thanks Steve - it was a relief not to have call out Air-Sea Rescue  ;D
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on August 30, 2021, 07:30:01 AM
Take care, Jeffrey. I was reading yesterday that there is surprisingly a gang culture in Stockholm that has got out of control.
I read that too Lol. Perfect timing for my visit!
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on August 30, 2021, 09:42:49 AM
Well done for completing the walk Jeffrey. 8)
+1  Though the cat might have been annoyed at with you for less playtime; or then again, happy to have been able to have taken [yet another] nap.  ;)

PD
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on August 30, 2021, 12:29:11 PM
+1  Though the cat might have been annoyed at with you for less playtime; or then again, happy to have been able to have taken [yet another] nap.  ;)

PD
;D
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on August 30, 2021, 11:21:26 PM
Another walk yesterday - 6 miles around Bodiam Castle. The river is the Rother from where the village I live in gets its name:
(http://)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bodiam_Castle
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: steve ridgway on August 31, 2021, 02:54:33 AM
Another walk yesterday - 6 miles around Bodiam Castle. The river is the Rother from where the village I live in gets its name:
(http://)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bodiam_Castle

No shortcuts through the castle then. ;)
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on August 31, 2021, 02:57:01 AM
No shortcuts through the castle then. ;)
Perhaps added exercise:  rowing over to it?  :)

PD
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on August 31, 2021, 04:04:34 AM
No shortcuts through the castle then. ;)
Haha - no but we did visit the castle after our walk and, as there is a bridge across, I didn't have to swim!

My wife liked to look at the potted plants for sale at the castle; personally I was much more interested in the second-hand bookshop (with strict instructions not to buy anything - 'YOU DON'T NEED ANY MORE BOOKS!')  ::)
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on August 31, 2021, 04:05:44 AM
Perhaps added exercise:  rowing over to it?  :)

PD

We saw quite a few people in canoes on the River Rother yesterday.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Roasted Swan on August 31, 2021, 04:23:39 AM
On a walk near me - a disused quarry in Somerset - one for the group's geologists!
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Post by: vandermolen on August 31, 2021, 04:26:59 AM
On a walk near me - a disused quarry in Somerset - one for the group's geologists!
Very nice.
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Post by: steve ridgway on August 31, 2021, 04:41:52 AM
On a walk near me - a disused quarry in Somerset - one for the group's geologists!

Very obvious layers there. :)
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on August 31, 2021, 04:56:07 AM
Haha - no but we did visit the castle after our walk and, as there is a bridge across, I didn't have to swim!

My wife liked to look at the potted plants for sale at the castle; personally I was much more interested in the second-hand bookshop (with strict instructions not to buy anything - 'YOU DON'T NEED ANY MORE BOOKS!')  ::)
Looks like that's Bodiam Castle?

I did a quick read-through the Wiki article about it and noticed that they have done restoration work on it over the years.  Bet that it's interesting to explore.

And now how many books did you manage to smuggle home Jeffrey?  ;)

PD
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on September 01, 2021, 04:56:53 AM
Looks like that's Bodiam Castle?

I did a quick read-through the Wiki article about it and noticed that they have done restoration work on it over the years.  Bet that it's interesting to explore.

And now how many books did you manage to smuggle home Jeffrey?  ;)

PD
Hi PD - yes, it's Bodiam Castle - I placed the Wiki link to it above. Sadly no books as I left my rucksack with my wife, which negated any smuggling opportunities. Still, I saw a couple of History and Art History books of interest, so, next time... >:D
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on September 07, 2021, 11:57:38 PM
I was in Stockholm, earlier this week for a sad reason (my brother-in-law's funeral) but I had a lovely day with the British/Swedish family walking around Stockholm, including, on my own, visiting the amazing Vasa Museum where the battleship, which sunk almost immediately after being launched in 1628, is 98% perfectly preserved - it was like being able to go back 400 years in time:
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on September 08, 2021, 12:08:25 AM
I was in Stockholm, earlier this week for a sad reason (my brother-in-law's funeral) but I had a lovely day with the British/Swedish family walking around Stockholm, including, on my own, visiting the amazing Vasa Museum where the battleship, which sunk almost immediately after being launched in 1628, is 98% perfectly preserved - it was like being able to go back 400 years in time:
I remember going there years ago.  Yes, it is cool to see that ship.   :)

Again, sorry for the reason for your sad trip, but glad that you were able to and feeling like exploring a bit.

PD

p.s.  What did you see/experience regarding Covid restrictions, etc. whilst you were there?
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on September 08, 2021, 01:12:51 AM
I remember going there years ago.  Yes, it is cool to see that ship.   :)

Again, sorry for the reason for your sad trip, but glad that you were able to and feeling like exploring a bit.

PD

p.s.  What did you see/experience regarding Covid restrictions, etc. whilst you were there?
OT
Thank you PD.
Actually, quite apart from the very sad reason for the trip, the logistics of getting there through the Covid regulations was very stressful in itself. You have to have a test within 48 hours of departure. To do that I've had to miss some of my teaching commitments, which I was not prepared to do. So we had to get to the airport (London Heathrow) very early to get the test there. That was very straightforward and I received the negative result after 45 minutes - It's the 'Fit to travel Test' (Sweden is an Orange List country). You also have to show that you have arranged a test to be done in Sweden within 72 hours of departure. This was a DIY test and you have to scan the results to the company in the UK who email a certificate back (had I been positive I'd have had to stay in Sweden in quarantine, teaching my lessons remotely from a laptop from a Swedish hotel - a nightmare scenario for me). Then to get back into the UK you have to show proof that you've booked another test to be done within two days after returning home, which I will do later today. Fortunately my kindly, very well-organised, Canadian son-in-law was with us to help make sense of the administrative tangle!
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on September 08, 2021, 01:51:02 AM
OT
Thank you PD.
Actually, quite apart from the very sad reason for the trip, the logistics of getting there through the Covid regulations was very stressful in itself. You have to have a test within 48 hours of departure. To do that I've had to miss some of my teaching commitments, which I was not prepared to do. So we had to get to the airport (London Heathrow) very early to get the test there. That was very straightforward and I received the negative result after 45 minutes - It's the 'Fit to travel Test' (Sweden is an Orange List country). You also have to show that you have arranged a test to be done in Sweden within 72 hours of departure. This was a DIY test and you have to scan the results to the company in the UK who email a certificate back (had I been positive I'd have had to stay in Sweden in quarantine, teaching my lessons remotely from a laptop from a Swedish hotel - a nightmare scenario for me). Then to get back into the UK you have to show proof that you've booked another test to be done within two days after returning home, which I will do later today. Fortunately my kindly, very well-organised, Canadian son-in-law was with us to help make sense of the administrative tangle!
Sounds like a nightmare, but necessary alas!  Trying to remember, but if I'm recalling correctly, they were still spraying the ship back then (took a quick look on their website).  Tempted to look at an old passport which would tell me when I was there last, but I believe that it is in a safety deposit box.  Pretty certain that they were still doing so as I *remember climbing metal stairs with handrails and I think bumps on the stairs to aid with traction and I think either reading and/or being told to be careful, etc.?  Haven't seen the "newly built museum" where it was moved to in 1988 alas.  *Who knows, my memory could be off though!  I do remember seeing it though.  :)  Well worth the time.

PD
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on September 08, 2021, 03:09:49 AM
Sounds like a nightmare, but necessary alas!  Trying to remember, but if I'm recalling correctly, they were still spraying the ship back then (took a quick look on their website).  Tempted to look at an old passport which would tell me when I was there last, but I believe that it is in a safety deposit box.  Pretty certain that they were still doing so as I *remember climbing metal stairs with handrails and I think bumps on the stairs to aid with traction and I think either reading and/or being told to be careful, etc.?  Haven't seen the "newly built museum" where it was moved to in 1988 alas.  *Who knows, my memory could be off though!  I do remember seeing it though.  :)  Well worth the time.

PD
Interesting PD. They certainly still have to treat the ship to delay the inevitable deterioration - seeing it was a most extraordinary experience.
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Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on September 08, 2021, 03:13:49 AM
Interesting PD. They certainly still have to treat the ship to delay the inevitable deterioration - seeing it was a most extraordinary experience.
There's a fascinating timeline here.  It shows what they have done to the ship over the years--figuring out how to preserve it.  https://www.vasamuseet.se/en/research/how-we-preserve-vasa/preservation-timeline  :)

PD
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: MusicTurner on September 08, 2021, 03:22:29 AM
Stockholm has material for a good deal of visits - those pictures made me wish for a second one, since Vasa wasn't included in the first ... and Swedish rural landscapes, though quite uniform with forested, lake-abundant scenery and those wooden, usually red-painted houses, are just wonderful.
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Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on September 08, 2021, 03:40:45 AM
Stockholm has material for a good deal of visits - those pictures made me wish for a second one, since Vasa wasn't included in the first ... and Swedish rural landscapes, though quite uniform with forested, lake-abundant scenery and those wooden, usually red-painted houses, are just wonderful.
Yes, I'd love to go back there--and check out more of Scandinavia while I'm at it too.   :)

PD
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: MusicTurner on September 08, 2021, 08:49:33 AM
Yes, I'd love to go back there--and check out more of Scandinavia while I'm at it too.   :)

PD

So you're quite acquainted with Stockholm? It's certainly one of the most scenic cities we have in the region, maybe the best introduction also; Copenhagen for example is a bit more German or Dutch-looking.

Alas, my Sweden visits, Sweden being just across the strait, have been put on a halt for a long time now, due to corona.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on September 08, 2021, 09:53:35 AM
There's a fascinating timeline here.  It shows what they have done to the ship over the years--figuring out how to preserve it.  https://www.vasamuseet.se/en/research/how-we-preserve-vasa/preservation-timeline  :)

PD
Most interesting - thanks PD.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on September 08, 2021, 09:56:27 AM
So you're quite acquainted with Stockholm? It's certainly one of the most scenic cities we have in the region, maybe the best introduction also; Copenhagen for example is a bit more German or Dutch-looking.

Alas, my Sweden visits, Sweden being just across the strait, have been put on a halt for a long time now, due to corona.
Yes, we were only allowed in due to special circumstances - I intend to go back. I was there in 2013 in happier circumstances when I arrived on the ship crossing from Helsinki. Sailing through the archipelago was a wonderful experience.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Irons on September 08, 2021, 10:48:43 PM
Yes, we were only allowed in due to special circumstances - I intend to go back. I was there in 2013 in happier circumstances when I arrived on the ship crossing from Helsinki. Sailing through the archipelago was a wonderful experience.

Sounds tempting, Jeffrey. We enjoy cruises. Looking up the P & O website, Swedish cruises look tempting indeed. How was the weather?
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Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on September 09, 2021, 02:17:32 AM
Yes, we were only allowed in due to special circumstances - I intend to go back. I was there in 2013 in happier circumstances when I arrived on the ship crossing from Helsinki. Sailing through the archipelago was a wonderful experience.
Bet that that would have been a cool experience!  Do you remember about how long the crossing took?  Just curious.

So you're quite acquainted with Stockholm? It's certainly one of the most scenic cities we have in the region, maybe the best introduction also; Copenhagen for example is a bit more German or Dutch-looking.

Alas, my Sweden visits, Sweden being just across the strait, have been put on a halt for a long time now, due to corona.
Only that one trip alas.  :(

PD
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on September 09, 2021, 03:48:03 AM
Bet that that would have been a cool experience!  Do you remember about how long the crossing took?  Just curious.
Only that one trip alas.  :(

PD
Yes it was a cool experience PD. About 11.5 hours for the crossing. I woke up in the night to find that the ship had docked at the Aaland Islands, which I also thought was cool. In the morning the journey through the archipelago to Stockholm should not be missed. Weather in Stockholm was pleasantly warm (about 15 to 19 degrees).
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on September 13, 2021, 09:12:57 AM
A few photos from our walk on the South Downs yesterday:
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Post by: MusicTurner on September 13, 2021, 09:20:02 AM
Great photos, and beautiful views down the valley. It looks like your wife is feeling better?
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Post by: vandermolen on September 14, 2021, 01:49:14 AM
Great photos, and beautiful views down the valley. It looks like your wife is feeling better?
Thank you! Yes, she's doing ok - just having her lunch in the photo. The valley, which you suddenly come across (bottom photo), is quite dramatic in its way.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on September 14, 2021, 11:40:10 PM
Another couple of photos from my walk over the weekend. Basically, the walk follows the path and then turns left up the hill ahead to reach a junction with the South Downs Way which it then follows for a couple of miles with fine views over the Downs and Sea before descending to the village of Jevington and then follows the valley back to Folkington where the walk starts. The 'Long Man of Wilmington' (Hill figure) is just ahead on the left, but not in the photos. The walk is c.6 miles but, with an extension, it can go on to 8.5 miles:
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Post by: krummholz on September 17, 2021, 06:44:41 PM
Yes it was a cool experience PD. About 11.5 hours for the crossing. I woke up in the night to find that the ship had docked at the Aaland Islands, which I also thought was cool. In the morning the journey through the archipelago to Stockholm should not be missed. Weather in Stockholm was pleasantly warm (about 15 to 19 degrees).

You must have a thick skin! I prefer hiking at those temperatures, but they definitely feel cool to me when standing still.
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Post by: MusicTurner on September 17, 2021, 06:51:29 PM
Looks superb indeed, great photos.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on September 17, 2021, 10:05:35 PM
You must have a thick skin! I prefer hiking at those temperatures, but they definitely feel cool to me when standing still.
Maybe it was a bit warmer. I checked the temperatures before going to Stockholm - but it felt warmer when we were there.
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Post by: vandermolen on September 17, 2021, 10:06:00 PM
Looks superb indeed, great photos.
Thank you!
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on September 18, 2021, 10:59:18 PM
I'd like you to think that this is a scene from my local village walk but it is actually Niagara Falls  ;D
My daughter is in Canada visiting the family of her new Canadian husband in Hamilton Ontario (by a weird coincidence my father trained there with the RAF in World War Two) and she sent this photo. I gather that that is the USA in the background - I am most jealous of her!
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Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on September 19, 2021, 02:05:17 AM
Cool photo!
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Post by: vandermolen on September 19, 2021, 07:00:49 AM
Cool photo!
Thanks PD - I agree  :)
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Post by: André on September 19, 2021, 10:10:39 AM
I'd like you to think that this is a scene from my local village walk but it is actually Niagara Falls  ;D
My daughter is in Canada visiting the family of her new Canadian husband in Hamilton Ontario (by a weird coincidence my father trained there with the RAF in World War Two) and she sent this photo. I gather that that is the USA in the background - I am most jealous of her!


Yup. Canadian falls on the right, american falls on the left. I believe this must be taken from the Skylon Tower. It didn’t exist when I visited - sometime in the 1980s.

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https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b6/Skylon-2.jpg)
(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b6/Skylon-2.jpg)
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Post by: vandermolen on September 19, 2021, 10:59:44 AM
Yup. Canadian falls on the right, american falls on the left. I believe this must be taken from the Skylon Tower. It didn’t exist when I visited - sometime in the 1980s.

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b6/Skylon-2.jpg)
Thanks André
I never knew that the Falls was on the Canada/USA border.
Here she is again:
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Post by: vandermolen on September 20, 2021, 09:27:55 PM
Closer to home I did a lot of walking round central London yesterday as I was on a school trip to the Tate Modern and Tate Britain art galleries. I also used the Uber River Ferry for the first time - I was unaware that they existed - it's a nice way to travel in London.
The building in the second photo, although not of great architectural importance, is where I went to school as a boy:
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Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on September 21, 2021, 01:06:49 AM
Closer to home I did a lot of walking round central London yesterday as I was on a school trip to the Tate Modern and Tate Britain art galleries. I also used the Uber River Ferry for the first time - I was unaware that they existed - it's a nice way to travel in London.
The building in the second photo, although not of great architectural importance, is where I went to school as a boy:
Oh, nice!  Were the museums very crowded?  And any special policies in place?

Hadn't heard of Uber River Ferry before now either.  Do they have a standardized route?

PD
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Post by: vandermolen on September 21, 2021, 01:26:03 AM
Oh, nice!  Were the museums very crowded?  And any special policies in place?

Hadn't heard of Uber River Ferry before now either.  Do they have a standardized route?

PD
Galleries were, unsurprisingly perhaps, unusually quiet with no queues for anything.
It's called 'Uber Boat' I see.
Yes, there's a set route - here's the map;
https://www.thamesclippers.com/plan-your-journey/route-map
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Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on September 21, 2021, 01:35:37 AM
Galleries were, unsurprisingly perhaps, unusually quiet with no queues for anything.
It's called 'Uber Boat' I see.
Yes, there's a set route - here's the map;
https://www.thamesclippers.com/plan-your-journey/route-map
Oh, cool!  I remember years ago taking a trip with my father on the Thames--purely for site seeing, but we both enjoyed it.  :)

PD
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Post by: vandermolen on September 21, 2021, 03:11:03 AM
Oh, cool!  I remember years ago taking a trip with my father on the Thames--purely for site seeing, but we both enjoyed it.  :)

PD
Yes, I always used to take visiting friends on that trip - from Charing Cross to Greenwich, have a look round Greenwich - lunch in a pub and then back again.
 :)
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Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on September 21, 2021, 03:48:18 AM
Yes, I always used to take visiting friends on that trip - from Charing Cross to Greenwich, have a look round Greenwich - lunch in a pub and then back again.
 :)
This past time was strictly a river cruise, but even further back in time, I do remember a visit to Greenwich to see the Royal Observatory--how we got there, no idea! lol  :)

PD
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Post by: Szykneij on September 21, 2021, 07:46:35 AM
I took my pups for a walk by a nearby river this morning. Very peaceful.
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Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on September 21, 2021, 08:40:49 AM
I took my pups for a walk by a nearby river this morning. Very peaceful.
Very pretty!  :)

PD
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Post by: vandermolen on September 21, 2021, 08:44:26 AM
I took my pups for a walk by a nearby river this morning. Very peaceful.
Very nice!
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Post by: MusicTurner on September 21, 2021, 09:10:32 AM
I took my pups for a walk by a nearby river this morning. Very peaceful.

That's nice. Seems to be a quite rural place, rather than a city park; surely peaceful.
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Post by: Irons on September 21, 2021, 10:57:42 PM
That's nice. Seems to be a quite rural place, rather than a city park; surely peaceful.

As long as the pups don't wade in.  ;D
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Post by: Szykneij on September 22, 2021, 01:43:53 AM
That's nice. Seems to be a quite rural place, rather than a city park; surely peaceful.

As long as the pups don't wade in.  ;D

There are busy roads on either side, but some nice walking paths in between. Definitely not water the pups or anyone would want to swim in, but popular for kayaking.
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Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on September 22, 2021, 02:55:09 AM
There are busy roads on either side, but some nice walking paths in between. Definitely not water the pups or anyone would want to swim in, but popular for kayaking.
I expect that the swans wouldn't be exactly cordial to dogs swimming around them either.

PD
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Post by: Szykneij on September 22, 2021, 04:32:56 AM
I expect that the swans wouldn't be exactly cordial to dogs swimming around them either.

PD

Nope, or the Canada Geese that can be especially nasty.

A few years ago, I was driving along the same river during a snowstorm when cars ahead of me were driving around a swan in the middle of the road. I pulled over to try to bring it to safety and discovered that swans are like icebergs -- there's way more of them under water than above! It looked like a big white goose with the same temperment. It hissed and pecked towards me as I tried to guide it to safety. Cars started to pull over to see what the crazy man dancing in the middle of the street during a blizzard was up to. I finally got it to move away from traffic and continued on my way, but I've never looked at swans the same way ever since.
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Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on September 22, 2021, 09:28:23 AM
Nope, or the Canada Geese that can be especially nasty.

A few years ago, I was driving along the same river during a snowstorm when cars ahead of me were driving around a swan in the middle of the road. I pulled over to try to bring it to safety and discovered that swans are like icebergs -- there's way more of them under water than above! It looked like a big white goose with the same temperment. It hissed and pecked towards me as I tried to guide it to safety. Cars started to pull over to see what the crazy man dancing in the middle of the street during a blizzard was up to. I finally got it to move away from traffic and continued on my way, but I've never looked at swans the same way ever since.
You're too kind for your own good (or safety)!  ;) :)

PD
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Post by: Irons on September 24, 2021, 06:09:20 AM
My wife's birthday yesterday and spent the day in the capital, first visit since Covid struck. Walked from the Embankment to Trafalgar Square with water fountains in full operation and a bizarre statue of an ice cream, cherry, drone and fly! Then on to Leicester Square where they were gearing up for the premiere of "The Last Duel", if I had known Jodie Comer was to walk the red carpet I may have waited for her appearance :P. Followed by a very busy China Town where we had a meal then a frantic dash to St Martins Lane for "2.22 A Ghost Story" at the Noel Coward Theatre.
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Post by: steve ridgway on September 24, 2021, 07:35:23 AM
A Chinese meal sounds good. :P
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Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on September 24, 2021, 08:33:21 AM
My wife's birthday yesterday and spent the day in the capital, first visit since Covid struck. Walked from the Embankment to Trafalgar Square with water fountains in full operation and a bizarre statue of an ice cream, cherry, drone and fly! Then on to Leicester Square where they were gearing up for the premiere of "The Last Duel", if I had known Jodie Comer was to walk the red carpet I may have waited for her appearance :P. Followed by a very busy China Town where we had a meal then a frantic dash to St Martins Lane for "2.22 A Ghost Story" at the Noel Coward Theatre.
That sounds like a fun-filled day!  And yes that is a strange statue!  Permanent or non?  I'll have to google the play.  Was it very crowded?  And did they have any distance/seating restrictions in place?

PD

p.s.  And please with Mrs. Irons a very happy birthday from me too!  :)
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Irons on September 24, 2021, 11:29:48 PM
A Chinese meal sounds good. :P

No messing. B Set Meal for Two. :)

That sounds like a fun-filled day!  And yes that is a strange statue!  Permanent or non?  I'll have to google the play.  Was it very crowded?  And did they have any distance/seating restrictions in place?

PD

p.s.  And please with Mrs. Irons a very happy birthday from me too!  :)

Thankfully not permanent. Previously a cockerel.

Two things struck me. Obviously the lack of tourists and lots of young people. Bars and restaurants were doing a roaring trade. Warm, with tables on pavements it was like strolling around Italy or Spain. Social distancing was non-existent. London's esteemed mayor Sadiq Khan decreed it compulsory for face masks to be worn on the Underground. Easily less then 50% bothered. I did not see one face mask in the theatre which was packed.

Mrs P asked me to pass on her thanks for your good wishes.   
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on October 04, 2021, 10:48:30 AM
My wife's birthday yesterday and spent the day in the capital, first visit since Covid struck. Walked from the Embankment to Trafalgar Square with water fountains in full operation and a bizarre statue of an ice cream, cherry, drone and fly! Then on to Leicester Square where they were gearing up for the premiere of "The Last Duel", if I had known Jodie Comer was to walk the red carpet I may have waited for her appearance :P. Followed by a very busy China Town where we had a meal then a frantic dash to St Martins Lane for "2.22 A Ghost Story" at the Noel Coward Theatre.
Sounds like a nice day Lol and I hope that you and your wife enjoyed it.

The 'Fourth Plinth' in Trafalgar Square has produced some excellent thought-provoking works. I have taught about it as part of a History of Art A Level course:
https://www.london.gov.uk/sites/default/files/shorthand/fourth_plinth/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fourth_plinth,_Trafalgar_Square

'The Invisible Enemy Should not Exist' made from used date cans and Mark Wallinger's 'Ecce Homo' are two of my favourites.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on October 04, 2021, 10:58:53 AM
Yesterday my wife and I went for a walk around Churchill's country house 'Chartwell' and visited the house (I have been there many times). Here are some images I took (some of the film 'The Gathering Storm' was filmed there):
(http://)
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: steve ridgway on October 05, 2021, 04:13:22 AM
Looks like a lovely day there Jeffrey. :)
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on October 06, 2021, 06:45:16 AM
Looks like a lovely day there Jeffrey. :)
It was very nice thanks Steve. We were lucky with the weather.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: krummholz on October 06, 2021, 07:09:27 AM
How do you post an inline picture on this forum? It seems I once figured out how, but cannot remember how to do it!
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: DavidW on October 06, 2021, 07:24:25 AM
How do you post an inline picture on this forum? It seems I once figured out how, but cannot remember how to do it!

When you write a post there is an option called "Attachments and other options"... click on it and then you will see Attach: underneath it click on "Browse" and then select your file.  You may now post.

If the image is from the web, you may instead type
Code: [Select]
[img][/img] and inbetween the two you put the url for the image.  For example

Code: [Select]
[img]https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/411BAKGEP3L.jpg[/img] produces
(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/411BAKGEP3L.jpg)
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Irons on October 07, 2021, 06:49:48 AM
Yesterday my wife and I went for a walk around Churchill's country house 'Chartwell' and visited the house (I have been there many times). Here are some images I took (some of the film 'The Gathering Storm' was filmed there):
(http://)

What a fabulous place to visit, Jeffrey. From the Churchill memorabilia in the house, to the rose garden, and then the lake. The volunteer unpaid guide on our visit was first class.
Cracking photos, by the way. 
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: krummholz on October 07, 2021, 07:03:40 AM
When you write a post there is an option called "Attachments and other options"... click on it and then you will see Attach: underneath it click on "Browse" and then select your file.  You may now post.

Yes, that's what I thought, but when I do that, the picture is uploaded as an attachment rather than an inline picture. If I knew the address of the place it was uploaded to, I could then enclose it with img codes, but I don't know how to find the address. Maybe it's a browser issue? I'm using Firefox v.92 or thereabouts.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: DavidW on October 07, 2021, 08:58:55 AM
Yes, that's what I thought, but when I do that, the picture is uploaded as an attachment rather than an inline picture. If I knew the address of the place it was uploaded to, I could then enclose it with img codes, but I don't know how to find the address. Maybe it's a browser issue? I'm using Firefox v.92 or thereabouts.

On most browsers if you right click on the image and then select "copy image address" that will do the trick.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on October 07, 2021, 09:28:52 AM
What a fabulous place to visit, Jeffrey. From the Churchill memorabilia in the house, to the rose garden, and then the lake. The volunteer unpaid guide on our visit was first class.
Cracking photos, by the way.
If I ever get to properly retire Lol I wouldn't mind volunteering as a guide there. I've taught a specialist A Level History course on Churchill and do a good Churchill impersonation, which amused my students, although I doubt that they'd let me do it at Chartwell!  ;D
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on October 07, 2021, 09:39:18 AM
If I ever get to properly retire Lol I wouldn't mind volunteering as a guide there. I've taught a specialist A Level History course on Churchill and do a good Churchill impersonation, which amused my students, although I doubt that they'd let me do it at Chartwell!  ;D
:laugh:

I have fond memories of visiting Chartwell some time ago.  Wish that I had been there when the roses were in bloom though. 

Great place to visit.  Loved to see the rooms, maps, and his studio in particular.

PD
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Irons on October 07, 2021, 11:42:05 PM
:laugh:

I have fond memories of visiting Chartwell some time ago.  Wish that I had been there when the roses were in bloom though.
 

Great place to visit.  Loved to see the rooms, maps, and his studio in particular.

PD

Yes, you felt the presence of the great man, PD.

One of the best collections of roses I have seen.



If I ever get to properly retire Lol I wouldn't mind volunteering as a guide there. I've taught a specialist A Level History course on Churchill and do a good Churchill impersonation, which amused my students, although I doubt that they'd let me do it at Chartwell!  ;D
 

You are properly qualified Jeffrey - A Level course not impersonation. ;D
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: MusicTurner on October 09, 2021, 08:10:49 AM
  Autumn is coming here in Denmark & I tend to hate the oncoming, long, cold and dark winter months. But there were quite a few domestic, short trips with staying, cycling and walks during the past summer - experiences to remember with fondness: to Agersø island, to the Stevns peninsula, twice to Bornholm island, once to Southern Funen, twice to Northern Jutland, once to Sejerø island, and once to Møn island. No trips abroad, due to corona.

  In September, I went to Sejerø, an oblong island with only limited tourism. Its about 15 km from the northern lighthouse to the southern end, where there is a colony of birds staying on a long promontory of stones and pebble, that go into the sea. The weather was nice & made it possible to sleep on the island's beaches for two nights. Ferries were free for pedestrians because of corona, an initiative to promote local tourism and recreational travel for the population generally. The lonely, grassy beaches on the southern end, with views towards the small, hilly island of Nekselø nearby and a few livestock animals, actually reminded me a bit of trips to the Hebrides and Orkney years ago, making this short trip even more pleasant. The sunsets were great, and the nights with clear skies had fabulous views of the stars, including the Milky Way. The tracks there, on the southern part, were definitely for walking, and not cycling. To avoid bike failures, and not at least to protect the paths, some fragile and close to small coastal cliffs ...
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: DavidW on October 09, 2021, 12:12:31 PM
I've found that in my new neighborhood it is very comfortable to walk around in my new neighborhood.  I'm surprised by how large the houses are and how sprawling the estates are.  I'm also pleased how quiet the neighborhood is.  This morning when I walked I listened to Buxtehude and never felt like I had to raise the volume on my headphones.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on October 10, 2021, 12:52:12 PM
  Autumn is coming here in Denmark & I tend to hate the oncoming, long, cold and dark winter months. But there were quite a few domestic, short trips with staying, cycling and walks during the past summer - experiences to remember with fondness: to Agersø island, to the Stevns peninsula, twice to Bornholm island, once to Southern Funen, twice to Northern Jutland, once to Sejerø island, and once to Møn island. No trips abroad, due to corona.

  In September, I went to Sejerø, an oblong island with only limited tourism. Its about 15 km from the northern lighthouse to the southern end, where there is a colony of birds staying on a long promontory of stones and pebble, that go into the sea. The weather was nice & made it possible to sleep on the island's beaches for two nights. Ferries were free for pedestrians because of corona, an initiative to promote local tourism and recreational travel for the population generally. The lonely, grassy beaches on the southern end, with views towards the small, hilly island of Nekselø nearby and a few livestock animals, actually reminded me a bit of trips to the Hebrides and Orkney years ago, making this short trip even more pleasant. The sunsets were great, and the nights with clear skies had fabulous views of the stars, including the Milky Way. The tracks there, on the southern part, were definitely for walking, and not cycling. To avoid bike failures, and not at least to protect the paths, some fragile and close to small coastal cliffs ...
Beautiful images.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on October 10, 2021, 01:11:40 PM
Yesterday we did a local walk of around 6 miles on Ashdown Forest (home of Winnie-the-Pooh). There is a nice pub around half way round. There's also a spot known as 'Airman's Grave' marking the spot where an RAF Wellington Bomber crashed returning from a mission in 1941, sadly killing all the crew, who are commemorated there. A few miles away there is an emergency airstrip which was built during World War Two to enable damaged aircraft to land. I fear that, in view of the location of the crash site, the crew may have mistaken it for the emergency landing strip without realising they were flying into a hill - very sad - they were all so young. In the lowest picture, featuring the memorial in the distance, you can see why they might have mistaken it for the landing strip.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on October 10, 2021, 01:15:39 PM
Another photo from the walk (looking south towards the South Downs and beyond them the sea):
(http://)
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on October 11, 2021, 03:53:04 AM
  Autumn is coming here in Denmark & I tend to hate the oncoming, long, cold and dark winter months. But there were quite a few domestic, short trips with staying, cycling and walks during the past summer - experiences to remember with fondness: to Agersø island, to the Stevns peninsula, twice to Bornholm island, once to Southern Funen, twice to Northern Jutland, once to Sejerø island, and once to Møn island. No trips abroad, due to corona.

  In September, I went to Sejerø, an oblong island with only limited tourism. Its about 15 km from the northern lighthouse to the southern end, where there is a colony of birds staying on a long promontory of stones and pebble, that go into the sea. The weather was nice & made it possible to sleep on the island's beaches for two nights. Ferries were free for pedestrians because of corona, an initiative to promote local tourism and recreational travel for the population generally. The lonely, grassy beaches on the southern end, with views towards the small, hilly island of Nekselø nearby and a few livestock animals, actually reminded me a bit of trips to the Hebrides and Orkney years ago, making this short trip even more pleasant. The sunsets were great, and the nights with clear skies had fabulous views of the stars, including the Milky Way. The tracks there, on the southern part, were definitely for walking, and not cycling. To avoid bike failures, and not at least to protect the paths, some fragile and close to small coastal cliffs ...
Great pictures MT!  Particularly of the sunset.  :)

PD
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: MusicTurner on October 11, 2021, 04:06:43 AM
Great pictures MT!  Particularly of the sunset.  :)

PD

Thank you. It's nice yes, and none of them are edited ...
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on October 11, 2021, 04:26:14 AM
I've found that in my new neighborhood it is very comfortable to walk around in my new neighborhood.  I'm surprised by how large the houses are and how sprawling the estates are.  I'm also pleased how quiet the neighborhood is.  This morning when I walked I listened to Buxtehude and never felt like I had to raise the volume on my headphones.
Nice!  Though you might reserve judgement a bit to see how loud and often the professional lawn mowers and leaf blowers are to maintain those lovely estates.   ;)  Oh, the joys of suburbia!  ::)

PD
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on October 11, 2021, 01:02:51 PM
Today we met up with an old colleague of mine for a walk around Sheffield Park Gardens, where I took this photo:
(http://)
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on October 11, 2021, 01:11:36 PM
Today we met up with an old colleague of mine for a walk around Sheffield Park Gardens, where I took this photo:
(http://)
Lovely!  :)

PD
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on October 11, 2021, 01:13:51 PM
Lovely!  :)

PD
Here's another photo I took today:
(http://)
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on October 11, 2021, 01:21:08 PM
Here's another photo I took today:
(http://)
Looks like it's probably a very old tree.  Any idea as to the species Jeffrey?

PD

p.s.  That photo reminded me of how folks are struggling to protect the ancient and giant sequoias in California right now.   :'(  The wild fires have been horrible there!

PD
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Irons on October 11, 2021, 01:26:13 PM
Here's another photo I took today:
(http://)

Had a peek at the National Trust website. The Autumn colours of the trees must be amazing.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: MusicTurner on October 11, 2021, 01:38:12 PM
Today we met up with an old colleague of mine for a walk around Sheffield Park Gardens, where I took this photo:
(http://)

That's like a painting, and tranquil. Lovely.
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on October 11, 2021, 01:42:59 PM
Looks like it's probably a very old tree.  Any idea as to the species Jeffrey?

PD

p.s.  That photo reminded me of how folks are struggling to protect the ancient and giant sequoias in California right now.   :'(  The wild fires have been horrible there!

PD
Not too sure PD. My wife would know but she's gone to bed, leaving me to communicate with my 'cat group' - I'll ask her in the morning.
Here's the website:
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sheffield-park-and-garden
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: vandermolen on October 11, 2021, 01:45:22 PM
That's like a painting, and tranquil. Lovely.
Thank you! Some of the photos came out well I think.
(http://)
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on October 12, 2021, 04:18:23 AM
Not too sure PD. My wife would know but she's gone to bed, leaving me to communicate with my 'cat group' - I'll ask her in the morning.
Here's the website:
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sheffield-park-and-garden
Thanks.  Interesting to look around the website.  Didn't see anything about trees there but did look at their map.  250 acres, oh boy!  :)

And I've figured out why you like to visit all of those national parks; they all have used bookstores in them!  ;D

And hello to your wife from Kitty No. 659 too.

PD
Title: Re: Where are your favourite walks?
Post by: JBS on October 21, 2021, 12:08:14 PM
Visited a small nature reserve near me yesterday. It's restored to its presumed original state.
https://www.broward.org/Parks/Pages/Park.aspx?=22
Before the 20th century, this was a small chain of islands in the surrounding Everglades. It was originally used by the Tequesta people in pre Columbian times. Disease and the Spanish killed them off by 1700.*
The Seminoles came next; this was one of their main settlements during the period of the Seminole Wars. In the end, they were forcibly removed (mostly to Oklahoma), with only about 300 evading capture. That group lived here for the next five or six decades before being transferred a few miles away to what is now the Hollywood Seminole Reservation (site of a Hard Rock Casino and Hotel). The site was then dredged and became orange groves in the early 20th century, and some EuroAmericans built homes here.  A large part of the dredged area is still private property with groves and homes. In the 1960s a small Western themed tourist attraction called Pioneer City operated on what is now the park's site. After it closed, a semi-fancy restaurant called the Kapok Tree Inn was built here. (I ate here with my parents at least twice during my teens.) In the late 1980s the restaurant closed, and Broward County bought the property, demolished the buildings, reversed the dredging, and began restoring both the oak hammocks and wetlands that existed here. (They kept several Roman style columns that decorated the restaurant's front drive.)
A small exhibit hall to show the history and ecology of the site was built where the restaurant stood (most of it aimed at kids).There's a walking trail and a longer equestrian trail through the oak hammocks.

Here's the link to my Instagram account where I posted a few photos.
https://www.instagram.com/jbennetsmith/

*the last Tequesta were taken to Havana by the Spanish. Any survivors presumably mixed into the general Cuban population.