Banburyshire Rambles

Paul Mobbs’ photographic record of his walks around ‘Banburyshire’ and ‘The Irondowns’, and occasionally, as part of his work around Britain, the areas beyond

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Banburyshire Rambles Journal, 17th August 2019:

“And it’s no small wonder”

I’m at the turnover point in my year, where traditionally one lot of work gets tidied away and another begins – with work trialled over the Summer in festival season being finalised to start new lectures and workshops for the next 9 months. This year, though, is radically different. I’m heading off on a different path, and that necessitates some reorganisation of the baggage I routinely carry with me… though I’m not sure how many “friends” will react to that.

Metrics: Distance, 6.1km/3⅘ miles; ascension 45m/150ft; duration, 1⅖ hours.

Banburyshire Rambles Journal, 10th August 2019:

“Wind blows, rain falls…”, but no time for a fire

A month of getting ready for the festival season, followed by a month of travelling around for talks and workshops, and returning to a couple of thousand unanswered emails and much else besides. Everything now squared away for another year I ponder what to do next, but first, my necessary remittance… time to go for a walk!

Metrics: Distance, 8.7km/5⅖ miles; ascension 155m/500ft; duration, 2½ hours.

Banburyshire Rambles Journal, 30th June 2019:

“Well I’ll go to the foot of our garden!”

Our garden is ‘wild’ yet still productive. It’s full of insects, and birds, and a fox has been sighted every now and then. In early Summer though it does become a bit of a jungle. Irrespective of everything else in the world, the raspberries still need picking, and as it’s so beautiful right now I though I’d take my camera on an ‘expedition to the jungle’.

Route: Back door, end of garden, and return.

Metrics: Distance, 15 metres, 15 minutes.

Banburyshire Rambles Journal, Sunday 16th June 2019:

To Adderbury Gathering

I skirt the town centre to Banbury Quaker Meeting House, and after checking for walkers it's time to head-off cross-country to Adderbury – via the ‘alternative route’. Flooding prevents use of the shorter, prettier route (pretty precisely because it crosses the flat, wildflower-rich flood meadows). There's a brisk wind and the animated cloudscape promises heavy rain. I'm going to get wet!

Route: Banbury Meeting House, Bodicote, East Adderbury, Adderbury Meeting House; East Adderbury, Twyford, Oxford Canal, Banbury.

Metrics: Distance, 15.6km/9¾ miles; ascension, 145m/475ft; duration, 3¼ hours.

Banburyshire Rambles Journal, Thursday 13th June 2019:

‘For the rain it raineth every day’; exploring the route of a guided walk I must lead, in the floods

This Sunday I'm leading a walk to Adderbury Meeting House; across two brooks that are likely to be flooded. I set out to assess which route it will be possible to use – finding mud, floods, dramatic cloudscapes, and, inevitably, rain showers. However, I've also got a few things to do in my head along the way, the results of which, if all goes right, you should be looking at right now.

Route: Adderbury Meeting House, Milton, ‘The Groves’, Bodicote, Banbury.

Metrics: Distance, 11.5km/7⅙ miles; ascension, 135m/450ft; duration, 2¼ hours.

Banburyshire Rambles Journal, Wednesday 22nd May 2019:

A Journey to the Deep South (of the county)

Six months ago today my eye fell apart; I’m having a ‘day off’ to celebrate. There’s a walk I’ve wanted to do for ages, revisiting sites I frequented thirty years ago, but which I kept putting off because of work. With June fast approaching I decide that it’s high time I did it, and go in search of “the last man in Europe” – or at least, his creator.

Route: Didcot Parkway, Wittenham Clumps, Little Wittenham, Day's Lock, River Thames, Clifton Hampden, UKAEA Culham, Culham Lock, Sutton Courtenay, Appleford Crossing, Didcot.

Metrics: Distance, 27km/16¾ miles; ascension, 165m/540ft; duration, 7½ hours.

Banburyshire Rambles Journal, Wednesday 15th May 2019:

Finding a Road to Nowhere

Lately I’ve been “going places” – walking somewhere, be it following the route of HS2 or looking for megaliths. I realise how much I miss just leaving the house and taking whichever path ‘seems to look most interesting’. A walk to, ‘nowhere’. Or, as that great character once said when trying to divine the way, “It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.”

Route: Banbury, Bretch Hill, North Newington, Broughton, Crouch Hill, Banbury.

Metrics: Distance, 13.3km/8¼ miles; ascension, 205m/670ft; duration, 3 hours.