Already, the first month of 2019 lies behind us. With the arrival of February, much of the UK hasn’t been blanketed with snow, if it wasn’t covered already. Mercury has plummeted and hopefully, it won’t be long before it begins to rise again.
Sunday 2nd December 2018
Our long-weekend away in wet and windy Devon was drawing to an end. My car was packed and ready for the inevitable drive home, while others might’ve been finishing up at the youth hostel, settling for a shorter walk or perhaps an early return journey to Bristol.
Only a few of us headed south once more and for the longest walk of the day, which began in the village of Chagford.
Saturday 27th October 2018
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!
Until very recently, I was the nominated Footpaths Representative for Brunel Walking Group in Bristol. My duties were few, while I was mostly responsible for recording and reporting incidents we encountered along the local public right of way network, to the relevant authority.
It’s fair to say that very few group members (from an active membership of four hundred-plus) got in touch to inform me of obstructions or interference they may’ve encountered on their own walks (obviously, I can be on every group walk all of the time). But one of the more recent reports led me to undertake my own investigation across the Mendip Hills and in to East Somerset.
Sunday 30th September 2018
My final walk of the month was one led by Brunel Walking Group. Known for finding hills in her routes, Jenny took us down to a relatively flat portion of South Somerset and the Levels.
Here we are, ten days in to a new year and I’d like to spend some time looking ahead to potential aims for my time spent outdoors in 2018.
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.