OS Maps are fantastic - not only do they guide us and keep us safe on high mountains, they also enable us to discover hidden away treasures in the middle of busy cities. My non-writing life takes me all over the country and, whenever I can, I try to do a spot of exploring.
Last week I was in Cambridge and had an afternoon to myself to explore the city. It was a bright sunny day and the place was heaving, so I kitted myself out with a £1 walking guide and set off. The guide was perfect for navigating me around all the "must see" honey pots but I was keen to stretch my legs along the river - cue my OS map!
As I crossed the river I noticed what I thought were the remains of a large building but, it turns out, it was actually the complete remains of a fabulous Victorian folly known as Hodson's Folly.
Like the many other thousands of visitors in Cambridge that day I took plenty of photos of the colleges, chapels and other landmarks - but I'm pretty sure I'm one of only a handful who ventured out and found this little gem.
(And, just for the record - here are all the other lovely things I saw)
|The Mathematical Bridge|
|Apple tree grown from a cutting from Sir Isaac Newton's "gravity" tree|
|Henry VIII - note missin scepter - it was replaced|
with a table leg by students in the late 1800's
|St John's College|
|The Round Church|
|A busier stretch of river|