#walk1000miles – June 2017

Reviewing my mileage for the month that was June 2017, with a running total of my current standing for the year, in a personal quest to #walk1000miles.

I’m sure a lot of people are already saying this but, here we are; having already completed the full first-half of 2017!

For me personally, it’s a been another good month on the mileage front.

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Lye Cross and Redhill Walk

Saturday 13th May 2017

It was a warm and spring-like Saturday afternoon. One of the first we’d experienced in 2017.

I didn’t feel like driving far so, laced my boots up and set off from my front door.

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Winchcombe and Cleeve Hill Walk

An 11 mile walk led by another M

Sunday 30th April 2017

Less than twenty-four hours after conquering Sugar Loaf for the first time, I was ready to jump in my car and spend the day climbing hills in the Cotswolds.

This was an event that was led by Jenny, another member of Brunel Walking Group. I think it was Jenny’s first walk… On a day of firsts for a number of people.

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Sugar Loaf (Part 2)

Saturday 29th April 2017

Beyond the halfway point in my first exploration of Sugar Loaf mountain hill, I’d reached the hamlet of Llangenny and was looking for a place to stop for lunch.

I’d hoped to stop somewhere near to Millbrook Bridge, beneath this towering old tree. But there were already a couple of people paddling in the river beneath me and I was craving something more in the way of solitude.

Following the river, I would continue.

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Sugar Loaf (Part 1)

Saturday 29th April 2017

Sugar Loaf. A mountain or hill? However you may regard it, this was one of the peaks of the Brecon Beacons that I’d been intending to conquer for a good couple of years.

I came across an eleven-mile route on the Walking Englishman’s website some time ago and that provided the impetus to get me going. There are so many ‘short’ walks available online… I always prefer to do something worthwhile, when bridge tolls and ninety-minute drives are required.

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A Lighter Lunch Box

It’s been about a year since I purchased my current day-hiking backpack, the Osprey Manta AG 28 and, quite recently, I’ve been having thoughts about whether I might actually require something larger.

Somehow, I persuaded myself that 30lt was big enough, twelve-months ago and, in an effort to reaffirm my believe, I’ve been looking at ways to reduce and minimise the essential load I currently carry.

So, before driving off to Snowdonia, I purchased a SIGG Metal Box Plus S aluminium food container.

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Mendip Challenge 2017: Another 30 Miles

Sunday 4th June 2017

For the fourth consecutive year, I’ve completed the thirty-mile route of the Mendip Challenge, which is an annual fundraising and challenge event organised by and in support of Weston Hospicecare.

These days, I mostly do it for the challenge and for the feeling or participation. A couple of friends also take part each year. A well organised event that always justifies taking the Monday off work!

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