Saturday 29th October 2016
This walk was originally scheduled to take place seven-days earlier.
But, the symptoms of a bad cold began to develop within me between Wednesday and Thursday, leaving me feel quite weak, occasionally dizzy and physically less capable of leading a group up and over the Quantock Hills.
Continue reading “Leading on the Quantocks – October 2016”
Sunday 9th October 2016
This walk dates back close to two-months ago and was led by another member of Brunel 20s and 30s Walking Group.
Castle Combe is a village in Wiltshire. Well known for its racing circuit and as a ‘quintessential’ part of the Cotswolds.
Continue reading “Castle Combe with Brunel”
Sunday 18th September 2016
I’m no stranger to the Four Peaks that epitomise the Brecon Beacons for many visitors. Having climbed three of them twice within the previous sixteen-months, I hadn’t expected to be revisiting this mountain range so soon.
Brunel Walking Group arranged an event where we would be led on a walk by two volunteers of Brecon Mountain Rescue Team. Assuming we might stray from the well worn and ‘motorway’ tracks, I decided to go along.
Continue reading “Brecon Beacons – Mountain Rescue Walk”
Sunday 11th September 2016
September would become a month in which I was quite busy and frequently attending walks (and other events) hosted by Brunel Walking Group.
On this occasion, I joined a walk destined for the Cotswolds. No more than ten-miles in length; exploring an area close to Stroud that I’d not previously visited.
Continue reading “Coaley Peak 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”
Sunday 10th April 2016
My first walk of the year has been completed – I am, of course, referring to a walk in which I am the leader, within Brunel 20s and 30s Walking Group.
Our walk would begin in Pensford, nestled neatly in between Bristol and Bath. As you may’ve seen on my pre-walks last month; we’d initially be following the Two Rivers Way before heading to Stanton Prior and then, allowing the Three Peaks Walk to lead us back to our cars…
This time, I would have to do it with a trail of people behind me. Continue reading “Walk Leading from Pensford”
Saturday 16th January 2016
It’s been seven-days since my most recent walk – one with the walking group for the second successive week running (a good start to the new year, I say).
We were headed to the tiny village of Cam in Gloucestershire, for the start of the walk. Only a thirty-minute drive from Bristol, we left the M5 at the same junction as the previous weekend. Back then, we turned right. This time, we turned left and on towards Dursley.
Continue reading “Cam in the Cotswolds”
Sunday 10th January 2016
My most recent walk was up in the southern half of the Cotswolds, beginning and ending in Wotton-Under-Edge. Without resorting to an internet search, I’ve no idea where the town gains its name – it’s not as self explanatory as, say, Bourton-on-the-Water…
This was a group walk led by someone else and the first time I had joined Brunel Walking Group since July of last year, when I led an unfortunately wet and wild walk across the Mendips. With a slightly more forgiving forecast for the day of this occasion.
Continue reading “Wotto’ Lovely Walk”