Thursday Forum to explore "Two Scenically Beautiful Hikes in the English Countryside"

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Secretary of the College
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2018-02-15 08:33:36 - General

Floyd Sandford, Professor Emeritus of Biology
Floyd Sandford,
Professor Emeritus of Biology

In a special Thursday Forum presentation, 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. The one-time lecture entitled "Two Scenically Beautiful Hikes in the English Countryside" will be held on Thursday, March 1, beginning at 9:15 a.m.

Thursday Forum lectures are held in Kesler Lecture Hall in Hickok Hall on the Coe campus. Each session begins with registration and refreshments from 8:45-9:15 a.m., followed by the class until 11:30 a.m.

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.

Professor Sandford has completed hikes on both trails. Each hike exceeded 60 miles, occurred over the course of five to eight days, and will be visualized by photographs taken during the hike.

In his Thursday Forum presentation, Sandford will begin by a description with photos of the first 80 miles of the South West 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.

The Coe College Thursday Forum Series

Coe College Thursday Forum courses are open to all adults. Admission to this one-time lecture is $12. Payment can be made in person on Thursday morning by cash or personal check. Credit card payments can be processed online only. For more information about paying by credit card or directly from your checking account, or to order gift certificates, call (319) 399-8623.

For the remainder of the 2017-18 academic year, the Thursday Forum schedule includes:

  • "Songs of Protest and Resistance" - March 8, 15, 22, 29
  • "Saints, Sinners and Secularists: Religion and Politics on the World Stage" - April 5, 12, 19, 26

Floyd Sandford hiking in Europe
Floyd Sandford will present a lecture entitled "Two Scenically Beautiful Hikes in the English Countryside" on Thursday, March 1, beginning at 9:15 a.m.