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Shaun in the City – Shirley’s Trail

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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.

Shaun in the City - 30. The Guardian

Shaun in the City – 30. The Guardian
11 April 2015

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.

Shaun in the City - 31. Counting Sheep

Shaun in the City – 31. Counting Sheep
11 April 2015

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.

Shaun in the City - 28. Fine & Gandy

Shaun in the City – 28. Fine & Gandy
11 April 2015

It was then a case of heading down the escalator to number 29, Woolly Wiggle

Shaun in the City - 29. Woolly Wiggle

Shaun in the City – 29. Woolly Wiggle
11 April 2015

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.

Shaun in the City - 27. A Capital View

Shaun in the City – 27. A Capital View
11 April 2015

Further round St Paul’s we reached number 26 Chelsea Pen-Shaun-er

Shaun in the City - 26. Chelsea Pen-Shaun-er

Shaun in the City – 26. Chelsea Pen-Shaun-er
11 April 2015

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.

Shaun in the City - 21. Sheep Shape & Bristol Fashion

Shaun in the City – 21. Sheep Shape & Bristol Fashion
11 April 2015

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.

Shaun in the City - 22. Out of this World

Shaun in the City – 22. Out of this World
11 April 2015

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.

Shaun in the City - 23. Baa-roque

Shaun in the City – 23. Baa-roque
11 April 2015

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.

Shaun in the City - 24. Literary Lamb

Shaun in the City – 24. Literary Lamb
11 April 2015

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.

Shaun in the City - 25. Hamish

Shaun in the City – 25. Hamish
11 April 2015

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.

Shaun in the City - 20: To Sheep Perchance to Dream

Shaun in the City – 20: To Sheep Perchance to Dream
11 April 2015

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.

Shaun in the City - 19. Br-ewe-nel

Shaun in the City – 19. Br-ewe-nel
11 April 2015

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.

Author: Stewart

An instrumentation engineer who enjoys photography and singing. Working in the West of Scotland; a member of St Mary's Cathedral Glasgow and Southwark Cathedral; and a volunteer guard/signalman on the Ffestiniog Railway in North Wales.

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