Saturday 24th November 2018
Three weeks after leaving the trail near Elmore, I returned to my journey along the Severn Way, having started the day in Gloucester and followed the canal towpath to the point at which I previously left off.
Only three weeks after my previous stint along the Severn Way long-distance footpath, I returned to Gloucestershire for a walk that would cut through its sole city.
In this post, I’m going to write about my walk along the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal, with the Severn Way update to follow separately. This is because I parked near the city centre and used the towpath as a means of plotting a circular route for the day.
Going in to November, there was a chance that I would be able to break the one-thousand mile mark before the arrival of 2018’s final month… With an amount of time on my hands and a long-weekend trip to Dartmoor due, this opportunity was very strong indeed.
Since August 2017, when I purchased this camera, I’ve been using an Olympus Tough TG-4 waterproof digital camera for all of my photography and filming needs.
One of my biggest disappointments with this model has been the quality of audio recorded while filming outdoors. There’s not much I can do about the noise from the camera lens but I have often found the wind noise to be unacceptable (even with ‘wind noise reduction’ setting activated.
For a few months, I survived with a home-made remedy, with a strip of double-sided tape and a piece of 8mm thick foam mat on top… But the foam wasn’t to last very long and it would almost go too far in reducing the capture of audio generally.
So, quite recently, I decided to invest in the Micromuff Skinny wind muffler.
This was the most recent walk I’ve led for Brunel Walking Group. It may even be the last one I lead for 2018. I reckon I’ve now done six or seven this year.
For me personally, this was a return to the coastal side of northern Exmoor that I’d not seen for a couple of years. I didn’t fancy driving down and having to fare the expense of fuel alone. So, I decided to take the group and without having recently pre-walked the route!
This walk began near the edge of the Mendip escarpment and barely a mile south of the village of Priddy. I set off from the parking area above Deerleap and Cook’s Field Nature Reserve, with the intention of walking west-north-west to Draycott and back.
I don’t often write specifically about cows. Although, when I do encounter them on a walk, they will usually receive a mention in one of my posts.
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