Another Paglesham Walk

Walk 38 from 50 Walks on the Essex Coast today – Paglesham Circular (South). Starting at the Plough & Sail, the walk soon reaches the River Roach, once busy with fishermen, smugglers and revenue men. HMS Beagle, the ship which took Charles Darwin on his...

Paglesham Walk

50 Walks on the Essex Coast is now down to the last 300 copies so will be reprinted for a second time in the summer. Meanwhile I’m checking the remaining walks to make sure nothing needs to be changed in the reprint. With a work trip to Scotland having been cancelled...

Dartmoor Book

My next book, a walking guide to visit lesser known places on Dartmoor, is progressing. It’s taking longer than the Essex coast guide as walking on Dartmoor is often far less straightforward. Many paths are less defined and I will probably need to do each walk about...

A Day Trip to Mallaig

Maybe it wasn’t right to feel a tinge of smugness as I looked down on Euston’s concourse packed with commuters waiting for their delayed trains home. Maybe though it was forgivable, as unlike most this evening, my train was on time and rather than taking tired workers...

Caledonian Sleeper – Making the Most of Scotland

Since 2002, about four times a year I’ve visited Scotland for work, always travelling at least one way on the wonderful Caledonian Sleeper. At first I’d get a day train home, or spend the evening in Glasgow waiting for the sleeper back to London, but then I realised...

A Walk by the Crouch

A windy, muddy but most enjoyable walk from South Woodham Ferrers this afternoon. Commencement was somewhat delayed by a bit of trouble with the train. Just outside Billericay there was a lot of noise and a sudden stop. A tree had fallen onto the third coach and...