Back on the Black Mountain

Sunday 19th May 2019

Less than a year after my first walk in the Western Brecon Beacons, I returned to the same area with a near-identical group of people. New peaks to be bagged, cairns to be spotted and a chance to visit ‘The Other Lake’, after wading knee-deep in to one of the pair, last summer.

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Staple Fitzpaine Herepath

Sunday 12th May 2019

This would be only my second ever walk in the Blackdown Hills AoNB. Both walks have been events led and created by Brunel Walking Group, where I have simply followed along and observed… Even though I probably live closer to this portion of Somerset than ninety-nine per cent of our club’s membership!

A chance to bag a trig, reach the highest point and explore paths that I would otherwise ignore. I made the drive down solo, straight from my home in Weston-super-Mare.

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Castell y Bere and the Dysynni Valley

Bank Holiday Monday 6th May 2019

It was time to begin the long journey home from mid-north Wales. A fantastic weekend of walking had left me with little energy to attempt another full day out with the prospect of conquering the Aran ridge.

But I wasn’t keen to press on with a four-hour drive to home and Normal Life. I’d thought about stopping off in the Cambrian Mountains, maybe even the Brecon Beacons or Shropshire… I was invited by my friends, Dave and Susanna, to join them on a fairly-local walk they’d discovered online the night before.

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Back to the Berwyn Mountains

Sunday 5th May 2019

Less than a year after my first visit to the Berwyn mountains with three friends, I’d decided to take the walking group with me on a return to the same area, as part of a Bank Holiday weekend camping trip in Snowdonia.

What I probably didn’t make very clear is that this meant leaving the National Park boundary to begin the walk… Hence why the area is known to be far less busy than the more recognised mountains of Mid and North Wales.

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To Bala and Back

Saturday 4th May 2019

A lot of time has passed since my most recent trip to Snowdonia. Or, to look at it another way; it was only two months ago and the average daily temperatures have risen by nearly 200%!

It was another weekend away with Brunel Walking Group, to make the most of the early May Bank Holiday Weekend. Most of us pitched up in mid/north Wales on the Friday night. Saturday was the first day in which group walks were available.

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South Downs Way: Day Six

Thursday 30th May 2019

Somehow, I’d survived the night. With my shoes and waterproofs still damp from the previous afternoon, the morning of my final day had arrived. After an almost-sleepless night, in which I didn’t boil any water to prepare a meal. I endured. I’d survived. I’d made it this far and I was now around ten-miles away from Eastbourne, with the prospect of a stunning coastal walk to follow.

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South Downs Way: Day Five

Wednesday 29th May 2019

I woke up early at my chosen campsite in Westmeston. In fact, I was probably awake before this… Following a peaceful night’s sleep, undisturbed by the neighbouring horse and, thankfully, no midnight dash to the toilet and its bucket!

This would be my final full day along the South Downs Way, leading to my final and fifth consecutive night of camping.

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