Severn Way: Aust to Oldbury-on-Severn

Saturday 20th January 2017

This was an opportunity for me to fill in one of the local gaps along the Severn Way long-distance footpath. In December, I’d walked north from Oldbury-on-Severn and in previous years, I’ve walked as far north as Aust.

It was the most encouraging of forecasts for the day but it must’ve been more promising than the predictions for Sunday!

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Easter Compton

Saturday 13th January 2018

At the end of my previous post, I’d followed the Severn Way long-distance trail as far as Severn Beach in South Gloucestershire.

Now, I would make my way south-eastward towards Bristol, in order to return to my car.

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Severn Way: Blaise Castle to Severn Beach

Saturday 13th January 2017

By the time you read this, I should be out walking another stretch of the Severn Way.

This walk was an ‘easily accessible’ portion of the 210-mile long trail that I decided that I could tackle on a day where I wasn’t feeling great. Less than a thirty-minute drive from home and walking through areas I would recognise, if not the Way itself.

Inevitably, I was going to have to pass through Avonmouth.

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East Mendip Way: Cranmore Tower to Frome

Saturday 6th January 2018

My first walk of 2018 would be a positive effort towards completing the East Mendip Way – one of the goals I set out in my ideas for the year ahead.

Having plotted a large circular route, I decided to park in Nunney, which is reasonably close to the midway point of my walk and offers ample free parking near the castle.

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Mendip Hills Walk – My Last of 2017

Sunday 31st December 2017

I hadn’t been out walking for a few days, despite having a lot of time to myself. I may refer to this time as ‘chilling out’, when in fact I was probably binge-watching Dartmoor-themed videos on YouTube!

Here I was though, standing at the close of 2017. Not willing to join the walking group on a windswept, snow-beaten trek up Pen Y Fan that evening… I decided to stay close to home and rediscover the Mendip Hills.

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Snow on the Quantocks (December 2017)

Thursday 28th December 2017

One day prior to this walk, I’d seen numerous snow-filled photographs of the Quantock Hills and other high places, spread across social media. I had days to spare but didn’t want to wait too long in case it began to clear as quickly as it had arrived. So, it was down to the Quantocks, I would go.

This post is quite timely, as night-time temperatures have recently dropped below freezing in the UK and, down in Somerset, we’re being reminded of weather warnings and the constant threat of fresh snow.

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Axbridge to Crook Peak

Boxing Day: Tuesday 26th December 2017

There was a time when I would walk up to Crook Peak on a regular basis. Since those days, my desire to explore further afield has grown and I’ve often come close to taking the local hills for granted.

It was Boxing Day. I didn’t fancy travelling far and I knew that, wherever I would decide to walk, there were likely to be others around. Sticking close to home but with a physical challenge in mind, I drove down to Axbridge.

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