As I walked out


We have started a new Mystery Days Out project: walking the Capital Ring. The mystery is not where we are going, which is handily mapped out for us, but what we will find along the way.

Section 2: Falconwood to Grove Park, March 2020

Section 1: Woolwich to Falconwood, February 2020


What would happen if we set out one morning on a train journey without knowing where we were going?

We decided to find out.

It all sounds very carefree but there are some practical problems to overcome: ‘on the day’ train fares are very expensive for long journeys for a start! But we have simplified our approach so our destination is still a mystery until we pick a train and get on board.

Each place provides a different kind of inspiration. We don’t know what we will find when we get there, what we will feel about it, let alone what work we might produce as a result. Here are highlights of our visits so far.

Carshalton, Surrey in June 2019

There was a gap for bad weather, the Paris trip in March and the Drawing Breath retreat in April but this time we were not deterred by a bit of rain.

Elstree, Hertfordshire in January 2019

West Drayton, Middlesex in December 2018

Watford, Hertfordshire in November 2018

Greenwich, London in October 2018

Trinity Buoy Wharf, London in July 2018


Woolwich, London in June 2018

Chislehurst, Kent in May 2018

High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire in April 2018

Richmond, Surrey in December 2017

Stanford-le-Hope, in Essex, November 2017