Shipham and Sandford, Somerset

Saturday 30th September 2017

I remember this weekend; a sense of urgency to walk, met with indecision on where to go and a reluctance to travel far from home!

There must’ve been a shortage of walks on the group’s program as well. Because I did end up staying close to home and my walk began following a short drive down the A38 and in to Shipham.

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Exploring the Blackdown Hills

Sunday 24th September 2017

Somewhere along the border between Somerset and North Devon, lies an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) known as the Blackdown Hills.

Driving up or down the M5, you’ve probably seen the Wellington Monument from afar. But this was the first time that many of us would actually walk in this area.

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Cullman Alpha 380 Mini Tripod

Today I’ve been out walking the Severn Way through Gloucestershire and it was a good opportunity to take my new mini tripod with me:

It’s the Cullman Alpha 380. Flexible, compact and similar to the GorillaPod brand.

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#walk1000miles: November 2017

I’ve done it! As of last night, I’ve officially completed my #walk1000miles challenge and with one whole month to spare!

On the Wales Coast Path, last month.

At the end of October, I had 922.25 miles in the bag. Let’s take a look at how November 2017 went.

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Uffington White Horse

Sunday 17th September 2017

As if it wasn’t enough to have visited all of the Wiltshire White Horses across 2017, Jo had one more in store for us, just over the border in Oxfordshire.

We drove east along the M4 motorway, one last time. Departing for Swindon East, to later arrive the the pay-and-display car park (free for National Trust members) at White Horse Hill.

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Cheddar and the West Mendip Way

Sunday 10th September 2017

2017 marks the eighteen-year anniversary of Brunel Walking Group.

Back in September, our current chairman (David) decided to host a repeat of the group’s first ever walk; a loop beginning in Cheddar that also follows a portion of the West Mendip Way.

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Walking the Brean Down Way

Sunday 3rd September 2017

Earlier this year, a combined footpath and cycle route, known as the Brean Down Way, was opened in North Somerset and now provides a link between the seaside towns of Brean and Weston-super-Mare.

At the time of writing, this is the most appropriate route for coastal walkers passing through Somerset. On this day, I drove down to Brean to explore it for myself.

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