20 Walks in Shipston Country

20 Walks in Shipston Country by Peter Titchmarsh

Ian McConnel & Robert Harper – Walk Book Coordinators

An enthusiastic supporter of Peter’s Walk Book and Shipston Home Nursing, Ian McConnel has completed all 20 walks and has compiled a summary of each. He would like to share his passion for the beautiful countryside which is on our doorstep and hopes his enthusiasm will encourage people to discover it for themselves or with his help.

Ian organises a walk every month loosely following one of Peter’s Walks from the book and any updates and information will be published on our Website and Facebook pages.

Ian has also enlisted the help of Robert Harper from Oxhill to make sure all the outlets which sell our Walk Book are kept fully stocked.

Click the links below to see all Ian’s hard work, or give him a call.

A reflection by Ian McConnel

The summary

Details, Time Distance

You can purchase a book from our website shop here or from many outlets and pubs in and around Shipston.

Ian’s 2020 review

Predictably, 2020 has been dominated by Covid Lockdowns. We were only able to sell our books and go on walks from January till March.

Lockdown prevented any activity during April, May and June. We had a short window during July through to September after which Lockdown effectively closed most of our sales outlets, in particular Inns and Pubs, for the rest of the Year. Our Total Donations to SHN for the year were £2088.
We are very grateful to you all who contributed towards these events and hope we will be able to renew our efforts in 2021 as and when Lockdown eases.

Time for a Handover

As I am now approaching my 80th Birthday in September
this year. I think it would be an appropriate moment for
me to stand down and make way for some younger blood
so a new team can take over once lockdown allows us to get underway again. I will be very happy to brief any successors on my sales outlets and Modus Operandi when lockdown allows us to. I always remember Rebecca asking me to “help” with the sales of the books. When I enquired what it involved, she cleverly said…
“You just have to visit all Pubs within c. 15m of Shipston” –
How could I refuse!
It has been a fascinating experience getting to know all the Landlords/Ladies and staff and their foibles. I learnt very early on that if I was asking them for a favour, it was best to start off by “ordering a drink and they had to listen”!
You, and all those involved in Shipston Home Nursing do a fantastic job and I have been proud to have been able to contribute to such an excellent organisation. I have often quoted
“If I ever have a need for SHN, I will have been glad to have supported their cause. If I do not ever need them I will be even more glad/relieved!”

Ian’s 2019 review


This excellent book compiled and provided by Peter Titchmarsh has continued to sell well and we are extremely grateful to the various Inns, Pubs, Shops and Surgeries who promote and sell it on behalf of Shipston Home Nursing.

Our star sales outlet has, once again, been The Red Lion at Long Compton who have sold over 70 copies during 2019. A special thank you to Lisa and her team.
Robert Harper kindly provides and collects from those outlets broadly North and West of Shipston Country and reports:

“From the north and west catchment area, the dozen or so outlets have all been supportive, the Ilmington shop and The Howard Arms continue to produce good sales, after all they have some of the best walks and walkers, the Ettington shop, the Ebrington Arms and The Horse and Groom at Bourton on the Hill all come a close second. Well over £350 having been donated for this area in the last 12 months from all sources.
From Shipston itself, and those to the South and East, particular thanks to The Rose and Crown at Ratley, the Hook Norton Brewery, The Norman Knight and the Pottery at Whichford who have all also sold over 20 copies during the year.”

The SHN Walkers meet monthly – 11am in Winter and 6pm in Summer, doing a circular walk of 1 – 1.30 hours returning to the start point – pub for well-earned refreshments!
The pace is gentle to allow plenty of gossip and exercise for dogs! Anyone who would like to join us, please let me have your email and I will circulate details of walks a week or so before. imcconnelhome@gmail.com
We are very grateful to Andrew and Josie Finding, and Jeremy and Wendy Townend who very generously provided lunch for the walkers raising additional funds for SHN.
Ian McConnel

Ian’s 2018 review


2018 will be remembered as the Year in which we needed a further Reprint of 2000 copies of our book which is for sale in 40 – 50 outlets from Hotels, Inns, Pubs. Shops and GP Surgeries within 10-15 miles of Shipston on Stour.

The ‘star sales outlet’ for 2018 is The Red Lion at Long Compton which has sold over 50 copies. A special thanks to Lisa and all her staff there. Thanks also to all outlets especially The Ettington Shop, The Norman Knight at Whichford, The Ebrington Arms, and The Howard Arms at Ilmington, all of whom have sold over 20 copies in 2018. Over 400 copies have been sold during the year, raising over £3,000 for SHN.

I would once again like to thank the author and compiler Peter Titchmarsh for a great production which continues to interest visitors and locals in, not only the Walks themselves, but also the 2nd Part of the Book which includes a fascinating – “Detailed Description of Towns, Villages and other Places of Interest in Shipston Country.”

I am most grateful to Robert Harper from Oxhill for joining me, in supplying books and collecting proceeds. Robert now looks after the Sales Outlets, mainly to the West of Shipston.

The SHN Walkers meet monthly – 11 am in Winter and 6 pm in Summer, doing a circular Walk of 1 – 1.30 hrs, returning to the Start point – Pub! for well earned refreshments.

The pace is gentle to allow plenty of gossip and exercise for dogs. Anyone who would like to join us, please let me have your email and I will circulate details of Walks a week or so before – imcconnelhome@gmail.com.

Ian McConnel

Ian’s 2017 review

Ians walk for web

It has been another busy and successful year for the Inns, Pubs, Shops and Surgeries who have continued to promote and sell Peter Titchmarsh’s excellent book “20 Walks in Shipston Country”.

During 2017 over 450 copies have been sold and nearly £3,500 has been raised from these sales and the monthly SHN walks.
Increasingly buyers are realising that, as well as well as the very informative description and directions of each walk, the second half of the book includes “A Detailed Description of Towns.

Villages and Other places of interest” which can be very helpful to tourists, house hunters and indeed anyone who is keen to widen their knowledge of Shipston Country.

Our Star Sales outlets this year have been The Red Lion in Long Compton and The Ebrington Arms who have both sold over 40 Books – Special congratulations and thanks to them

Also to the following who have all sold over 20 copies

Howard Arms Ilmington, Ilmington Village Shop, Ettington Shop, Wyatts Farm Shop, The Castle Inn at Edgehill and Tysoe Village Shop and Café.

The Shipston Home Nursing Walkers continue to meet monthly 11am in Winter and 6pm in Summer returning to the start/meeting point for suitable refreshments. The pace is
leisurely, the gossip juicy and excellent exercise for dogs. If you would like to join us, please let me have your email address and I can send you details of each walk in advance – imcconnelhome@gmail.com or call on 07498 923249 or 01608 685257.

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