I’m about to begin writing up a memorable walk from the middle of December. It was my first time exploring the Black Mountains in Wales, having already visited the (central) Brecon Beacons three times along with a few walks in the Wye Valley.
If you’re interested in watching my seven-minute video beforehand, you’ll find it below. I’m slightly disappointed (and surprised, actually) that it hasn’t received more views. Some of you may have already seen it but I’m quite certain many of you haven’t.
So, I’ve now led three walks so far this year, with the most recent one having been in the southern half of the Quantock Hills, four-days ago.
I’d like to point out that any photos featuring other people are not my own – they were taken by Jo, who happened to take them during the walk and uploaded them to the group’s Facebook page… From which, I stole them!
Having arrived at Wills Neck, I felt the urge to stop for an early lunch on the Quantock Hills. Overhead, however, the sky remained grim and overcast. There was a threat it could begin to rain at any moment – as it had started to, back down in Cothelstone.
Instead of heading north towards Great Wood, as my finalised route would do; I turned immediately east towards Lydeard Hill.
As a final (and intensive) training exercise ahead of last Sunday’s Mendip Challenge; I left work at 12.30, jumping on to the M5 motorway and then west across the Second Severn Crossing and in to Wales.
It was roughly one-year since my only prior visit to the Brecon Beacons. I had returned to take on the Four Peaks Walk; aiming for a one-hundred per cent completion…