Inspired by Eliza’s post, I set off with Miss E, Master R and Little Miss M to record our walk yesterday, a glorious October morning.

setting out

This Autumn is truly deliciously spectacular.

Little Miss M reminded me to put Strava on so that we could record our distance to add to our target of 500 miles.

This is one of our favourite walks and we have been doing it since they were all babies, but it has been a long time since we were here Β ….

….. imagine their delight when they spied the river and remembered the swing!

bridge, river, country walk

Miss E was first to get there

ford in the river

But of course they all had a turnrope swingΒ  I think we could have stayed there all daypaddling, rope swing

whilst they explored in their own inimitable waysbridge

walks are never dull with this lot!

But we had to cover some ground if Little Miss M and I are going to reach our goal – onward.walktober

and upward.

Whilst they were looking at the cows and chatting together I went up ahead


wait for us Granny!

sunken lane

old tree

There is something magical about sunken lanes lined with old knarled trees, contorted by their history

is this one a camel?camel?

or a hare?

face in a tree

Fairy fungi everywhere – we had to look up the name of this one – Fly Agaric

fly agaric

and do you think this one might be the rare: Iodine Bolete

fungi for elves

It looked the perfect home for an evil elf!


At the top of the hill we found coconut-scented gorse flowers to nibble and were treated to some glorious viewsDSC_0485

Here we sat for a drink and a snack. We all thought of three words each to describe our walk so far, and as we walked on the children composed little poems using the words – it all got very giggly as they created weird and wonderful rhymes.

And then we found ourselves in a prickly gorse tunnel where the path had become overgrowngorse

I was hoping it would end and we would come out on clear path so we battled on for quite a way getting stabbed with prickles and feeling like badgers in the undergrowth. We sent Master R ahead to see if there was light at the end of the tunnel – but no – we had to turn back and make our way back the way we had come.

glorious view

Our batteries fully recharged by the wonderful views, the sunshine and that blue sky

sunken lane

Oh the joy of autumn sunshine through trees and walking the sunken lanes.

Happy sigh!

Back to the car and Little Miss M and I checked Strava. We had added 2.4 miles to our total. We have now done 54 miles – only 446 to go!

I hope you enjoyed scampering along with us.

I’m joining Robin at Breezes at Dawn for her annualΒ Walktober Gathering

40 responses to “Walktober

  1. Wonderful walk, thanks for sharing, and the swing over the water… That looked especially inviting, I could have stayed there with you all for ages too. πŸ˜€ Pity about the gorse making you turn back, it would be fun to visit again with a pair or two of secateurs in your pocket to carve your way through, I don’t think Ma Nature would mind a little trim here and there.

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    • Great minds … Sallyann, but I think I’ll need huge loppers or a mechanical strimmer! I’m going to try the walk from the other direction one day to see how far the gorse jungle stretches. So glad you enjoyed our adventures.

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  2. I LOVED scampering along with you. Especially loved that photo that looks like the kids are in a tree tunnel!


  3. What a wonderful walk, Sandra. And that “hare” or “llama” – what a wonderful discovery. Thank you for sharing your Walktober with us.

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  5. As our surname is “Larmar”, pronounced “Llama”, you can guess what I think the tree looks like! Such wonderful photos of the English countryside – reminds me why I could never live abroad.

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    • Ah yes! a Llama! it does!
      I know what you mean about the English countryside, it’s in our bones isn’t it – although I did fall in love with Australia when I was there for a month 20 odd years ago and would have stayed there if I had not 3 children to go home to!

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  6. What a wonderful ramble on such a glorious day! I truly envy you your sunken lanes and holloways – we have nothing like that here! I’m glad you found the mushrooms – aren’t those Fly Agaric just the quintessential fairytale mushroom? Thank you for bringing us along.

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  7. Looks like a lovely walk with such fun company. Fly algaric isn’t that the fungi that are called magic mushrooms and I have a vague memory were favoured by witches?

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  8. (Over from Robin’s) Thanks for sharing the variety in while walking the English countryside. The little ones sure seem to be enjoying themselves. Cheers to that! Thanks for participating.

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  9. Oh, what a delightful walk, Sandra. It looks like it was a perfect autumn day and the company couldn’t have been better! πŸ™‚

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  10. What a beautiful, magical walk! I did see a camel. And then a hare. lol! Thank you so much for joining Walktober. I’m so glad you did. I thoroughly enjoyed this walk. πŸ™‚

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  11. I did enjoy scampering along with you. Magical is exactly the right word. And because there is magic, it is both a camel AND a hare. πŸ˜‰

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  12. Lisa at Greenbow

    I am always amazed at the romantic lovely walks in your country. I have never thought about camels and rabbits looking something alike. They certainly do in this context. Happy day.

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  13. Oh, what a lovely walk! I love the last image of the path through the woods, and that beautiful old tree. And what gorgeous weather you had too. πŸ™‚

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  14. Breathtaking!
    Having never been to England, I always imagine that scenes/views like your photo where you stopped for a snack and drink, must be exactly what all British people savor! (besides the Sea!) Am I right? Is it not “the” view of your Country? Just like the Highlands are Scotland and the Mountains are Wales? Well that’s what I image :o) And I thank my relatives for leaving all that beauty to come here! It must have been incredibly hard!

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    • You are right Eliz – well for this Brit anyway. Maybe some people who live in the cities feel differently, but I truly adore every hill, vale, river and yes, coastline too.
      I love the majesty of Scotland, but find it too harsh to be there for long. Being half Welsh I also love any bit of Wales, but my Mum came from the coast so it is the coastline of Wales where I find peace and happiness.
      Do you know which part of the British Isles your ancestors came from?


  15. I thought a hare too. That was a good walk – with lots of fun on the way.

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  16. I loved your walk, thank you. So are you knitting the evil elf?

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  17. A lovely time you all had – autumn walks are the best.
    It’s definitely a hare.

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