A Walk through Slough

Had a great anniversary weekend with lots of indulgences so decided to try to arrest my middle aged spread by walking 6 miles through Slough to work at Langley College. 

I am invigilating GCSE exams today so left my house at about 6.15am to get to work early. It was 13 degrees and cloudy but otherwise dry and pleasant. 

There’s a couple of different routes I could take but today I opted for the one that takes me through Slough town centre as there was some shopping I wanted to pick up en route.

After walking for a couple of miles through the Britwell and Manor Park Estates, I passed through Baylis Park and noticed that all the parks in Slough seem to be getting these outdoor gyms. Great idea.


As you walk through this park you pass the walls of the Baylis House and its grounds, some ducks, a stream and a pond.

I have fond memories as a child when there was a Lido here and you could enjoy paddling on a hot summers day.




As you leave Baylis, you cross a road, past a mosque, under the Main London train line and into Salt Hill Park.

The mosque


Cross the road next to the recycling site walls.


Under the railway tunnel. Often has people smoking cannabis. The council have now erected CCTV to monitor the tunnel but it doesn’t seem to stop people.


Into Salt Hill Park with its outdoor gym, cafe, bowling alley and tennis courts.



As I left Salt Hill Park, I joined the A4 and walked past the old Church, the new curve building and through the Town Centre until I reached the Sainsbury’s where I stopped to pick up some Jack Daniels (on offer at £16 for 70cl) and some bananas for breakfast. Another mile and half along Langley road and I arrived at the College at about 8.00 am. 12800 steps in all. Not a bad way to start Monday morning.

The BBC Lives Again!

After the BBC went up in smoke a couple of weeks ago, I finally got hold of a couple of new keyboard keys, a set of three replacement capacitors and a game rom “Missile Control”.

One of my students soldered the new keys and capacitors into the motherboard. We switched on the power and waited. We were very happy to see a BASIC prompt. All working again. Just got to work out where to stick the game ROM as there are several empty ROM sockets?

Capacitors £3.20 from Retroclinic on EBay

ROM £4.95

Keys £3.50 all from Retroclinic