In the United Kingdom, walking is one of the most popular recreational activities and England is a great destination for hikers. A vast network of public footpaths and national trails allows day ramblers or long-distance hikers to experience beautiful and dramatic coastal scenery, lovely countryside with attractive villages with thatched-roof cottages, attractive gardens, historic monuments, abbey ruins and more. Due to the liberal rules for rights of way, UK citizens and visitors alike are permitted easy access to most of the countryside.
In this single session, Professor Emeritus of Biology Floyd Sandford will introduce two of the many long-distance hiking trails that are available for hikers and ramblers in England. Both hikes were accomplished by Sandford. Each hike exceeded 60 miles, occurred over the course of five to eight days, and will be visualized by photographs taken during the hike.
Professor Sandford will begin by a description with photos of the first 80 miles of the SW Coast Path in Somerset and Devon. The entire path is a distance of 360 miles, England’s longest coast path. The hike begins in Minehead and finishes 84 miles down the coast in the lovely historic town of Bideford, where in 1682 the three Bideford witches became the last women in England to be hanged for witchcraft. The lecture will also take participants to Northern England to the two large and relatively unpopulated counties of Cumbria and Northumberland. Following an introduction to the early history of the Roman occupation of Brittania and the important roles played by Julius Caesar, Emperor Claudius and Emperor Trajan, attendees will experience the national trail that follows Hadrian’s Wall, one of the largest Roman constructions ever built.