Where’ere you walk

Hello! I hope you are well.

Today I am going to take you for a walk. We’re lucky here to have lovely places to walk to from the front door and as it was warm and sunny on Saturday we decided to do a long, full circuit that skirts Holkham Park, down to the beach, through the pines and along the beach bank back home.

A  few minutes from the house is the path that leads to the East Gate of Holkham park. I love these old twisted holm oaks, quercus ilex, that hold their arms up and over the path. There are a lot of holm oaks scattered all over the estate – apparently they come from the acorns that were used to pack cases of artefacts from the 1st Earl’s trips to Italy in the 18th century.


Just through the East gate there are more trees, beech, ash and silver birch. The sun shines down through the new lime, green leaves – bright, fresh and full of spring. Another sign of spring is the cuckoo that seems to follow us along the path with its loud, intermittent call.


A beckoning pastoral scene, but we head off down a path to the right towards the main gate.


Through the gate is the long sweep of the road right down to the beach. You can just see the pinewoods at the very end, and beyond that is the beach. Estate worker houses line the top end of the road, and beyond the main coast road, that crosses the path about half way down,

P1050522and past the cow parsley …..


…. is Lady Anne’s Drive. Looking back up the drive from the beach end you can see the beach carpark that is usually full of cars but at the moment it is completely empty.


So, along the duck boards that skirt the pines ….


to Holkham gap and the beach, where the tide is out.


Today we decide not to walk on the beach as there is a stiffish breeze coming from the east that would blow straight onto us, so instead we head into the pines.

The pinewoods run for three miles from Wells to Scolt Head and there are three kinds of pines that grow in the woods, Corsican (grey trunk, small cones), Scots (orange upper trunk) and Maritime (large cones in tree-top clusters). They were planted over 150 years ago to stabilise the sand and to form a barrier to stop the sand blowing onto the crops growing on the reclaimed land behind.


Apparently there are little owls in the woods and every time I walk through I look up into the trees in the hope that I might see one – but I never have.


The end of the beach huts appear …


… and before long we’re on the beach bank that runs for 1 mile from Wells to the beach.


Back to the quay and home for a cup of tea and a piece of cake …. we’ve deserved it!


I think the words to this aria from Handel’s opera Semele are very apt.

Where’er you walk
Cool gales shall fan the glade
Trees where you sit
Shall crowd into a shade

Where’er you tread
The blushing flowers shall rise
And all things flourish
Where’er you turn your eyes


9 thoughts on “Where’ere you walk

  1. Penny Newman

    Thank you for sharing this with is Debbie. I know and love Wells very much and stay there often. Reading this today brought back many happy memories, the feel of the breeze and smell of salty air. Thank you for making my day, Penny Newarket, Sufolk

    PS I love your work! I am an outdoor painter too and would like to do one of your courses one day …

  2. Cheryl Fillion

    What a fun journey you took us on. We have many varieties of trees on our property and throughout the Ozark Plateau all around us, but none of the ones that you have. Thanks for the peek into that world.

  3. Lethe

    Thank you, Debbie Lydon, for taking us on a virtual walk with you, through some truly beautiful countryside. You are blessed to live in such a place – tidelands are magical, liminal places, never really fully here nor there, but always in transition, and you have translated that ephemeral quality into your art. I envy you your ‘house on the borderland!’

  4. Susan McEwan

    Thank you for that lovely walk!! I love the acid green of new leaves on the trees and am missing them so much this year. And I love Were E’er YouWalk! We learned it in primary school many years ago and, like you I suspect, at times my surroundings bring it into my head.

  5. trudamason

    Thank you so much for taking me on such a beautiful walk !
    I am fortunate to be in Melbourne Australia but dream of trips to the UK sometime in the future….. your lovely images and descriptions have made me feel as if I have just been for a quick visit!

  6. Wrightrobby

    Debbie, Thankyou for that lovely walk we took. What an inspiring location for your work and just being. Keep safe and well, the UK seems to be a dangerous place at present.

    Regards, Robby Wright

    Sent from my iPad


  7. eganj1

    Thank you for reminding me of one of my favourite walks which I’ve done many times. Your photos are beautiful, I almost felt I was there. Thank you for sharing your walk.


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