Continuing our story to find all the Shaun’s in London during the weekend after Easter, the second trail we followed was Shirley’s Trail. The information leaflet shows the trail starting on the Southbank heading across the Millennium Bridge to St Paul’s Cathedral and then north to The Barbican. However whilst following Bitzer’s Trail we allowed the phone App to mislead us to the nearest Shaun, which was on Shirley’s Trail at The Guidhall.
Leaving the Guildhall, we headed for lunch and back onto Bitzer’s Trail. Completing Bitzer’s Trail, we headed to the Barbican for the end of Shirley’s Trail, which we undertook in reverse order.
We walked through the Barbican complex London Wall, bypassing Guildhall towards St Paul’s Cathedral and a flock of Shauns. The next two were at the east end of St Paul’s at One New Change. In the upper level was number 28, Fine and Gandy.
It was then a case of heading down the escalator to number 29, Woolly Wiggle
Back up the escalator to street level St Paul’s Cathedral was in front of us. The next Shauns were round the south side of the cathedral, with the first being number 27 A Capital View featuring London vista on each side.
Further round St Paul’s we reached number 26 Chelsea Pen-Shaun-er
Again, the App, and in this case our eyes took us to the next nearest Shaun, rather than the next on the trail (which would have taken us to Hamish. So crossing the road, we reached number 21 Sheep Shape & Bristol Fashion.
Turning to our left the next Shaun was visible outside the City of London Information Centre. Number 22 Out of this World. On the left side is the London skyline with Tobermory (Balamory) style house in front, whilst on the left side there are beach huts with countryside behind. Looking along the back are more countryside views.
Continuing clockwise around St Paul’s and crossing the road, the next Shaun, number 23 Baa-roque, was located in front of the steps to the west end entrance. On the side are cherubs in the clouds.
A little further round the churchyard by the Temple Bar is number 24 Literary Lamb. A feature of this Shaun is the play on words on each part of the body.
Walking through Temple bar took us into Paternoster Square. Here was number 25 Hamish. As the name suggests, a Scottish theme was applied with Hamish in formal highland dress. We also took advantage of the convenience store to stock up on drinks.
Refreshed, we left Paternoster Square via the Temple Bar and headed anti-clockwise round St Paul’s back towards Sheep Shape & Bristol Fashion and onwards to the Millennium Bridge and Tate Modern. On the sunny afternoon, the bridge was very busy although a group of roller-bladers felt they were allowed barge their way past the walkers, and then stopped in the middle of bridge restricting the flow.
Coming off the bridge, althought Br-ewe-nel was visible to the west, the next Shaun was to the east. Number 20 To Sheep Perchance to Dream was by the Globe Theatre, with Shakespearian quotations in the statue.
And finally, heading west the last Shaun in Shirley’s Trail was reached. Outside Tate Modern number 19 Br-ewe-nel pays homage to the engineer of the Great Western Railway, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, including his trademark tall hat.
Ignoring the early finding of The Guardian, we took around 1 hour 30 minutes to complete Shirley’s Trail, against the target time of 40 minutes for the 3km.
It was then a walk west along the southbank of the Thames to the London Eye and the start of Timmy’s Trail.