I am not sure I can explain why I have concocted the list of place names below. They are taken from the four separate stages of my walk from Berwick upon Tweed to Castle Cary, The Angles Way, and The Severn Way. Some of the names are just quirky. Some seem to please the tongue and perhaps, at the same time, associating with something deep in the mind. Others are there because I derived more than average pleasure when I passed through. There is no particular order - odd ones became misplaced during my haphazard research. There are obscure villages in amongst of which I have no picture in my mind, but still I just like the sound. Our English tongue is derived from many other languages and these names are evidence, but in no way has the list been compiled to demonstrate that. I know I have a number of readers from overseas and maybe they will be entertained?
If you scan our Ordnance Survey maps you will find many names much more peculiar and in some cases, I suppose unintentionally, amusingly vulgar; this list has not attempted to encompass them. These are my names which one way or another have an attraction for me. I may now trawl others of my long walks.
My two favourites for which I give no explanation are Shepherd's Patch and Framilode.