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Winter Sunlight

Light on the Track

Light on the Track


After the rain, midday sunshine breaks through to illuminate the puddles on the old track to Dunstall.

© 2017 Peter Young


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October Sunrise

Sunrise 2
To see the sunrise be prepared
To get up early, wear warm clothes;
Be sure to bring good walking boots.

To go this way and tread this path,
Bear in mind the going’s rough,
Uneven, stony, all uphill,
The track itself is nothing much,

A steady climb on jumbled stones.
A flock of sheep already up.
A tunnel through the trees – the home
Of badgers, rabbits, and flapping crows.

Ebrington TrackAt every twist, you see your gaffe:
The summit still seems far above,
The track deceived you one more time.
Keep going now, you can’t turn back.

At last this hill’s wide brow appears
But now a dirty trick is played:
The path is gated: you must turn right
Along the contour, not the slope.

Take care: a wide brown puddle spreads
From hedge to hedge; your patterned prints
Are adding texture to the mud.

TelecomsNow turn again – the final stretch,
Straight to the summit, crowned it is
With three communications masts,
So silent in the tingling air,

A place to stop, to rest and see
The rising sun is peeping through
The Eastern cloudbank duvet-like
That covers slumbering Oxfordshire.

While nearer blow thin wisps of cloud
Like candyfloss set loose to fly.
The molten morning follows suit,
The blazing sun warms up the sky.

Sunrise 1© 2016 Peter Young

This walk starts at the carpark at Hidcote, and follows the track shown in the previous entry.

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The Old Track

Hidcote TrackAutumn sunlight shines through the early morning mist on the track that leads uphill from the National Trust carpark at Hidcote.
© 2016 Peter Young


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The Other Side of The Trek

Each day I set a goal, and that involves some planning because it’s important that I achieve it. I let people know where and when to expect me because that’s not only common decency, it’s a safety factor.
You go bounding off like a dog let off the leash. I often have no idea where you are and I worry in case of accident happens.
I like to keep moving, enjoying a steady pace.
You keep on stopping to admire the scenery, or you’ve stopped to look at a flower you’ve spotted in the hedgerow. Or, worst of all, you’re fiddling about taking a photograph. Or several.
I like to keep to the designated path. It’s being responsible.
You’re more likely to be somewhere else, trespassing on private land, and not abiding by the code of conduct for walkers. It may seem fun for you, but one day there’s going to be trouble.
I’m prepared for all weathers, for whatever might happen. That means keeping my batteries charged, and taking stuff with me, just in case. I’m not overloaded; I can manage what I have.
You just haven’t thought it through what could happen out here away from civilisation. You might twist your ankle, or fall down a ditch and not be able to get help. And if you need something, you’ll go scrounging around until you find it.
I like to acknowledge and greet other walkers. I feel we share something which cannot be put into words, and so there’s no need to be nosey or rude nor get bogged down in irrelevant personal details.
You can’t hold back, telling everyone about your personal life and ambitions. So it’s a really good thing you’re not going to meet these people again,
I know my limits and I know my needs. So if I’m going to be able to keep up the pace tomorrow, I need to have rest times, so that I can feel good if I’m going to enjoy the next stage.
You just don’t care.
© 2016 Peter Young

(It was suggested that the other point of view be expressed in order to achieve some kind of balance with the previous post.)

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