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Journey South

July 19th, 2015

It occurred to me recently that despite living in Maidenhead for nearly six years I’ve made hardly any forays southwards, except the occasional visit to Windsor or Staines. Yesterday I decided to rectify that and bravely strode across the M4 into uncharted lands (over a bridge, mind you).

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I walked roughly parallel to the M4 from home to Wokingham, which I’ve never visited before. After a while I remembered the reason I don’t go this way much: the land is flat and featureless; footpaths are few and far between; and where they do exist they have a habit of terminating unexpectedly on busy roads.

Here’s a path through some farmland which was fairly typical of the scenery. Lots of horses around!

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Wokingham is mostly famous for having the best quality of life of anywhere in the UK, and being at the bottom of the social deprivation league table. The town itself was a bit underwhelming. The most interesting feature I found was this Victorian town hall.

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Marlborough

July 12th, 2015

Feels like ages since I’ve been out exploring. Largely due to a combination of illness, house purchasing, and it being just too hot. So yesterday I went for an adventure around the Wiltshire market town of Marlborough. If you’re a connoisseur of quaint English towns you’ll love Marlborough. A photo would be useful here but there aren’t any unfortunately due to camera troubles. 🙁

Afterwards a did a sort of loop around the Ridgeway to Avebury via Barbary Castle. This route felt pretty optimal in terms of distance and local scenery so maybe I’ll try it again in another season.