Another month in which I’d anticipated a lower-than-average tally of miles; mere weeks away from the birth of 2020. Let’s see how I did…
Sunday 17th November 2019
Earlier this year, Country Walking Magazine penned and published a circular route on Dartmoor that they regard as the ‘Mini Ten Tors’. Much smaller than its fifty-five mile cousin, this one is only nine miles in length and can be completed in a single day.
Trev, from the YouTube channel Summit of Nothing, had organised this event as his second in a series of fundraising walks, looking ahead to a Himalayan trek he’s embarking on in 2020. I wasn’t able to make the first one at Belstone but I signed up, paid my dues and drove on down to Devon. Continue reading “Dartmoor’s ‘Mini Ten Tors’”
I have started my own walking group!
We’re not affiliated with The Ramblers or any governing body; this is something I’ve setup on Meetup – a platform that remains largely alien and unknown to me. But it’s quite popular among others.
I witnessed the dawn of November 2019 and vividly remember telling myself that I could write my review of the previous month’s walking within a matter of days… A fortnight has passed since! We’re halfway through another month that I’m keeping track off and it’s beyond time for me to catch up.
Sunday 20th October 2019
This would be my first walk on Exmoor proper since all the way back in February, when I helped someone explore the National Park for the very first time and led them to the highest point in all of Somerset.
That is excluding a walk I did more recently along the coast path because, although it does cross Exmoor, I consider it to be more of a ‘coastal’ scene that anywhere close to the heart of the moorland.
We’re officially in to November as I began to write this. October was a bit of a blur in my memory… The occasional dry day submerged beneath the rushing images of many-a downpour.
From here, it is a long way until we’re back in the seasons of T-shirt weather. I do struggle with the darkness, drop in temperature and reduced sunlight. I’d love to go away and spend a weekend camping but, for me personally, it isn’t the right time of year…
Instead, I’m thinking about the occasional wild camp as a way of getting out there and attempting to ’embrace’ the long winter nights! Continue reading “Winter Wild Camping?”
Sunday 1st September 2019
This was it. Some two years after I started officially walking the Severn Way, I was due to complete my personal journey from Bristol to Tewkesbury.
I left my car outside of the village hall in Apperley and set off walking in search of the River Severn.