Today has been a day off from walking and, under all-too-familiar circumstances for 2014, the weather is largely to blame for that. There’s also the fact that my boots are still soaked from last Sunday’s walk around England’s smallest city! But for its minority and the synonymous cathedral; on a personal level, Wells is going to become somewhat of a milestone for me, as it marks the starting point of a 30-mile long slog I’ve signed up for, following the West Mendip Way back to Uphill on Sunday 1st of June.
This is yet another that can be found in and amongst the Walk West series.
This morning, as I begin to write this, the sun is trying to break through the glut of persistent rain. This ongoing downpour of torrent has caused disaster for many home-owners further south and for the average walker, well, I’m presuming that the enthusiasm to get out and to enjoy nature is lost in some small way. I know I haven’t been out for almost two-weeks now and this walk I’m about to share is indeed my most recent.
In an effort to begin getting you back up to speed with my recent walking adventures, I’m going to start this evening by sharing an expedition that occurred before the house move. It just about covers four small villages in an 11-mile circuit between two major westcountry cities so, the title above was my most succinct way of creating a heading.
This is another one from the series of Walk West books and, as would happen, it became the final walk before my Renault Kangoo van went to the scrap yard.
Apparently, some parts of the UK are in receipt of some of the worst weather we’ve had for three decades… In my part of the south-west (more like the westcountry), I can say that I haven’t yet seem any uprooted trees or car-embedded buildings. I have heard tragic news of a small number of deaths further east and people in Bristol have suffered power loss and shortages but I feel inclined to say we’ve seen the worst now.
I’ve had one of those rare weekends where I didn’t go for a walk anywhere. Nope, not even locally and we cancelled plans to go out on Sunday with all the severe weather warnings. So, I thought this might be a nice time to reflect on my second walk from last week where, on Wednesday, I continued my search for autumn with a trip to Oldbury Court to the north of Bristol.
It’s about time I told you of the wet walk I endured last Sunday, in the hope that this coming weekend will bring, well… Let’s just say a lot less rain!
With a couple of print-outs from Walk West Again, I decided to headed out to Severn Beach, which is within walking distance of the Second Severn Crossing bridging England to Wales (via. a toll road). It was forecast to be a cloudy or rainy day, depending on where you looked for a forecast. It was almost noon by the time I finally left the house but, having not been on a walk for several weeks at this time; I felt obliged to make a real effort, as I am walking 20 miles this coming Sunday…
If I look back, it’s more than three-long-years since I last splurged a serious amount of money (more than £35) on a quantity of sawn hardwoods! That’s quite a saddening statistic that makes me question what the heck I’ve been doing since I bought all that ash and walnut for the chair in my final year of college.
As you’re probably aware, the UK has been hit by a heavy dosage of snow recently and, last night (or, early morning), it was time for the south-west of England to receive its fair share. This is where I’m glad that I have a job where I only have to work half a day on a Friday… I’m more encouraged to make an effort to get in to work on time (which I did) and, I still get the whole afternoon to go out and to enjoy these rare sights of whiteness.
I think this is the first time we’ve had any proper snowfall for two-years? At least, in this part of the country. Apparently, another couple of showers are forecast for tomorrow morning as well.
When I have more time, I’ll make a better effort to collate all the photos I’ve taken (currently counting 89, including this one), upload them in to a Flickr album and to then inform you all with a new blog post. Photography is a part-time interest of mine and so, it deserves a place on this blog.
Before I have to go and do other things, I just wanted to share this one image with you because, amongst my list of many other things to do, I still need to pick-up, repair and refit a 4ft tall fence panel that blew down months ago. I’m hoping that it doesn’t need replacing. If I have to cut some new battens for it then, hey, I also get to use my workshop! 😉
As you can tell, now is not the time for me to be running blades and bits at several thousands of RPM when I can barely feel my toes sometimes. I do need to go out there and seriously sort out my first pile of tools to sell though (hand and power tools that I can manage without).