Join us ‘Coming Up For Air’ in the Chilterns to discover George Orwell’s ‘golden country’. His childhood here in the Oxfordshire countryside can be seen to have influenced passages in some of his writing, as we will discover on our walk. We start out from Shiplake station along the Thames where Orwell loved to fish, then head up the hill to Binfield Heath and Crowsley Park to discover a ‘listening station’ with echoes of Big Brother. After a break at the Bottle & Glass Inn (with Orwell’s approval!) we continue through bluebell woods where 1984 hero Winston would go to escape the Thought Police. Finally returning to Shiplake we pass the house where Orwell once lived.
Please bring food and drink for personal consumption during the walk.
Mid walk break at the Bottle and Glass Inn, Binfield Heath (pay locally) (subject to covid restrictions)https://www.bottleandglassinn.com/
The Baskerville Pub at end of walk (optional)
Village shops in Shiplake and Binfield Heath
Participants are advised to carry hand sanitiser, face covering and presonal first aid.
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