The Makers Barn

The Makers Barn

It’s a miserable, wet, Saturday afternoon in February when I arrive at The Maker’s Barn, Petworth. I am there to chat to dynamic owner Rosie Rendell. I’m greeted with a curtain over the doorway, which enchantingly I have to throw aside to enter. This reveals an...
The Walker Beneath The Cap

The Walker Beneath The Cap

My name is Malinka and I am Rural Strides. If you are a Rural Strider, or perhaps follow me on social media, you will know that I rarely go out walking without my Silverback baseball cap. Delve deep into my psychology and there will be a link to me being an introvert:...
A Woody Western Weald

A Woody Western Weald

Kipling, Blake, and Woolf all helped the Eastern Downs become known as the fairest and most famous landscape of Southern England. However, not everyone shared this view. Others complained about their bare, nakedness, and compared them to “the limbs and shoulders of...
Very Little In Life Is Free

Very Little In Life Is Free

Very little in life is free…… As we contend with the rising cost of living and grasping tentacles of government, never has this statement felt more true. However, we should not forget that many simple pleasures in life have no price tag. Precious moments...
Why Use A Walking Guide?

Why Use A Walking Guide?

Holiday makers roughly split into one of two camps: those who prefer the ease of buying off the shelf and those who like to be more independent. Although I’d put myself in the latter camp, I am not wholly self-sufficient. Money saved on planning and booking my own...
Plan Your Own Serpent Trail Adventure

Plan Your Own Serpent Trail Adventure

If you have read Snaking Along The Serpent Trail and are now inspired to plan your own adventure along this marvellous trail, you will be needing some route guidance. Depending on how far you enjoy walking and whether you have your own transport, there are two main...