Cranborne Chase Weekend

As quickly as this past weekend came and went, I now find that almost three whole days have passed since I arrived home.

Cranborne Chase – for those who don’t know (just as I didn’t) – is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in North Dorset, very close to the border with Wiltshire. Salisbury lies to the north with the New Forest and Hampshire to the east.

This was a camping and walking weekend organised by two members of Brunel Walking Group and my second of the year.

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Alfred’s Tower

Monday 7th November 2016

During my wander around the Stourhead estate, I’d noticed references to (King) Alfred’s Tower on several occasions. But it exists outside of the main National Trust-owned property.

But it’s easy enough to find, following the brown road signs from Stourton. An unsigned car parking area awaits down a narrow lane. No more than a ten-minute drive at most, from Stourhead.

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Visiting Stourhead: The House

Monday 7th November 2016

Stourhead had been on my shortlist since 2012, when I first became aware of it from the stunning photos featured on another blogger’s post. Why it had taken me four-years to actually get there, I’m not too sure. It’s only a ninety-minute drive from home and I’ve been a full National Trust member now for eighteen-months.

I waited until November, in the heart of autumn, when I also happened to have a Monday off work and didn’t fancy another energetic hike the day after a long walk in another part of Wiltshire.

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Visiting Croome

Saturday 24th September 2016

There are many benefits to being a National Trust member. When my annual renewal came up a few months ago, I was presented with a free pass for a friend, along with a new membership card for the twelve-months ahead.

This was only valid until the end of September and a few properties were excluded from the deal. We discussed a few ideas over where to go and mostly came up with a list of places that one of us had already been to… In the end, we settled upon a trip to Worcestershire to visit Croome.

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Long Mynd and Carding Mill Valley (Part 2)

Wednesday 24th August 2016

Having arrived at Lightspout waterfall, I now faced two options in continuing this walk…

I could retrace my way along the rocky route and continue up Mort’s Road to the hilltops. Or, I could tackle an immediate scramble up beside the waterfall…

Either way, I was destined for the summit of the Long Mynd.

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Long Mynd and Carding Mill Valley (Part 1)

Wednesday 24th August 2016

This was it. A walk I had been highly anticipating, in the run-up to my Shropshire Hills getaway.

It began with a drive to Church Stretton, where I’d be looking to explore the Long Mynd and Carding Mill Valley.

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