northernvicarwalks June 2017

I only walked 55 miles in  June. By the end of the month I have walked 355 miles. I should have done 496. But I have enjoyed those I did walk.

I walked through Quarndon and Hazelwood to The Hanging Gate on 2 June. We had dined there the previous night. Tonight I treated myself to one of their small puddings before returning home on the bus.

On Friday 9 June, after a lack of sleeping watching the General Election, I had a day in Manchester to do the new tram link across the city, and walked beside the canal.

On Thursday 15 June I had a day in London to meet other Diocesan Ecumenical Officers at Church House in Westminster. I walked from Euston to Westminster, then back to Marylebone – an 8 mile walk. On the way to Westminster I took some photos. Francisco de Miranda (1750-1816) was a Venezuelan military leader and revolutionary. He lived in London in 1785. This statue is in Fitzroy Street. John Boulting and Son was founded in 1808. This building is in Riding House Street – see the blog.

I came down to Birdcage Walk by the statues to King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (by Philip Jackson and Paul Day), spotted the gas lamp, then stood to attention while Her Majesty and Prince Philip passed me – she obviously knew her new Ecumenical Officer for Derby Diocese was in Town.

I stopped to admire 55 Broadway, the original HQ of London Transport. It was designed by Charles Houlden, 1927-9, with the carvings by Jacob Epstein, Eric Gill and Samuel Rabinovitch. More info here. I will visit the inside in September.




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