Saturday 21st January 2017
My first ever visit to Gloucester was in January 2012 and my immediate reaction upon meeting this city was of shock; despite being in the heart of the Cotswolds, it was nothing at all like the many idyllic villages that inhabit the hills.
Several repeat visits were made that year before an avoidance spanning five-years… Until this year, when I made a long-awaited return in the company of two friends.
Continue reading “A Day in Gloucester”
Sunday 8th January 2017
One day after a mist and mud experience on the Somerset Levels, I drove north for a walk in the Cotswolds with an urbanised beginning.
This route is available in Walk West Again; created by Geoff Mullett and free to download from this site.
Continue reading “Kingscote and Nailsworth Walk”
Saturday 3rd December 2016
My first walk in December was a second attempt at a partial-fail dating back over three-and-a-half years.
With minimal daylight hours, the mileage was fair. It was less than an hour’s drive from home and I could avoid the motorways. Given that this was in winter, I felt confident that the majority of all cattle would already be confined to their seasonal sheds…
Would this attempt to follow the route become any more successful than the last?
Continue reading “Severn Beach Walk – Attempt No.2”
Sunday 20th November 2016
Another weekend and yet another November walk, with the route taken directly from one of the Walk West eBooks.
This one lead me to a non-Cotswold corner of Gloucestershire, in the village of Apperley… No, I’d not heard of it either but, the village hall was easy to find and offered plenty of parking spaces.
Continue reading “Deerhurst and the Severn Way”
Saturday 12th November 2016
At the time of this walk, I remember I was beginning to struggle for motivation to get out and do something; feeling tired from work, a sudden decrease in daylight hours elsewhere and a gradual drop in temperature.
I found myself feeling as though I was about to ‘waste the weekend away’. Somehow, I found the impetus to consider a short walk for the afternoon. Post-lunch and fewer miles… This seemed do-able and soon, I was heading up the M5 towards Dursley.
Continue reading “Tortworth Chestnut”