Journey

Video: Two weeks on…

Well, we’ve walked very slowly fom Somerton to Bath.

How very tricky it can be, living on foot, we had eagerly forgotten.

But how very golden, we are glad to confirm.

Here is a small video of various moments from the first two weeks of walking.

 

Video: Cave song – Gower in Wookey, day:6

Day 6: video of song in cave.

Recorded in secret caves near Wookey, where the paper mill had produced vellum – cotton paper – for 400 years. During the US civil war Wookey Hole paper was used for banknotes. It closed 5 years ago, alas. Each vent had a ladies’ name.

Now Wookey Hole has a very different central industry – entertainment.

Somerset’s best bowling green – “a lawn like glass” – was last year dug up for pirate themed crazy golf. Council are prosecuting, but lazily. Pirates are pretty popular.

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Walking North

Today, on June 5th, we walk north for Liverpool.

From south Somerset, we aim to cross the Welsh mountains for Anglessey, an old centre, before hitting the modern cultural capital.

We travel light, having manufactured and discarded a high-tech handcart before leaving.

Song shall be our staff and mainstay. We record an album whilst walking, in acoustic hotspots, those nooks and crannies we love.

We also seek historic springs and wells, to get a taste of Britain’s heritage drinking water.

Come join us and sing along. It is not getting dark.

Ed and Will, 2013
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Helena Handcart

Our handcart dreams started with this goat-cart, bought by Ed’s partner from an antique shop.

To cart or not to cart...

 

We researched possible options for walking 1000km over rough terrain and mountains. A German man was making top-quality versions, but they were expensive, and he wouldn’t send us a review version.

So we built one ourselves, thinking of all the axes, sheepskins, woolen trousers, ventile jackets, mozzie-nets, and various luxury paraphialia we could carry with the aid of a wheel.

The forgotten handcart...

 

This is what we made:

It was great fun to build. Hazel, steel, aluminium, ply, and gold paint.

Our new handcart....

 

The angles share the weight between the frame and the wheel, so only half the load sits on the carrier, and half goes free-wheeling.

 

Our new handcart....

 

But though it is a triumphant glory, this prototype is not coming with us on the path to Liverpool. Climbing over stiles is too difficult, and the carter has very little access to the world around them.

So we’ve packed very light backpacks instead. We hope Helena Handcart (aka Green Gloria) will prove useful when family come out visiting/walking.

We leave any moment now…