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.
In this post, I’ll share only the first ten-miles of the full-distance challenge. It’s worth noting that this section is commonly regarded as being the most challenging and is exclusive to the thirty-mile walk.
It’s now been two-weeks since I completed my second Mendip Challenge, the full thirty-miles of the West Mendip Way and it’s safe to say that my legs have fully recovered.
My aim for this year was simply to complete the same distance, albeit with a little more confidence and less loss of direction along the way. I’d have been happy to have shaved fifteen-minutes from last year’s time. As our two coaches left Uphill for the centre of Wells and a 7.45am start, the grey skies were there to suggest that this wouldn’t be the best day for rushing about.
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.