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 13th November 2016
It was one of those days where I’d decided to leave the car at home and set off on an adventure that literally began from my doorstep; boots already on.
Continue reading “Backwell Hill Walk”
It’s almost time for me to lead another walk with the local Ramblers group, which will be my fourth of the year. Currently, I’m set to lead the group across a section of the Mendip Hills in a nine-mile loop that begins and ends in Priddy.
While the walk itself is mostly flat, level and even downhill at times; the final quarter is going to be an unavoidable steep ascent. In the process of pre-walking and finalising this route, I’m trying a variation of footpaths to see if any route is ‘less intensive’ than the others…
On Friday afternoon, I noticed a couple of curious things.
Continue reading “Pre-Walking in Priddy”
Saturday 23rd April 2016
This would be the decision-maker on whether or not my new-found return route to the car would register this figure-of-eight loop as a success.
Or was I headed for another succession of broken stiles, ploughed fields and overgrown vegetation? Let’s go back to the southern half of the Quantock Hills!
Continue reading “Southern Quantocks Walk (Part 2) – April 2016”
Sunday 6th March 2016
In this series of posts, I’ll be walking from the village of Pensford (situated between Bristol and Bath) and then following the Two Rivers Way alongside the River Avon, before diverting to Stantonbury Hill.
This is an opportunity for me to create a walk in excess of ten-miles long that I would feel comfortable leading with Brunel Walking Group.
Continue reading “Pensford and the Two Rivers Way (Part 1)”
Setting off from the summit of Wills Neck, it was time now to make an eastward return towards Broomfield.
From here, there was only one question on my mind… Could I complete this walk without encountering any obstructed footpaths?
Continue reading “Quantocking in Winter (Part 2)”
Sunday 20th September 2015
Several weeks have passed since we actually completed this stage in the Somerset Coast Path. At somewhere between fourteen and seventeen miles long, it would become our longest single stretch to date.
Having lost our connection with the coastline at Kingston Seymour in the previous walk, we left the lay-by in Hewish with the aim of leaving the A-roads behind for at least the next twenty miles.
Continue reading “Hewish to Brean”
On Sunday, I set off on a big of a walk that was intended as a minor journey of ‘self-rediscovery‘. I’ve been lacking a bit of inspiration to go heading off too far at this time of year and, as always, I like to try and reduce my petrol usage. It made sense to leave the car at home and set off from my front door in Wrington.
My destination was Backwell. A village in which I attended secondary school and, for a period of six-years, I lived on the southern skirt of the village – not a million miles from where I live today.
Continue reading “Backwell Hill (Part 1)”