Tag Archives: walk leading

#walk1000miles – August 2018

I doubt many of us can believe that August has come and gone. Two-thirds of the way through 2018 and we’ll soon be waving goodbye to the summer, before we’re ready for it.

I’ve managed to keep myself busy, clocking up the miles over the past month. Continue reading

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Returning to Hay Bluff

Saturday 18th August 2018

All the way back in December 2017, I led a group walk in the Black Mountains that I soon grew to regret. One weekend after snow had fallen heavily across the region, I found the mountain tops were covered and we were struggling through depths up to our knees for much of our day. That’s without mentioning the rain waiting for us before we had a chance to put our boots on and the gale-force winds arriving from the east.

I’d thought about repeating the same route but have always held reservations over the small car park at Black Hill. So, for this outing, I decided to park elsewhere and lead a longer route along different paths.

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Walk Leading: Axbridge to Crook Peak

Sunday 25th February 2018

This was it; my first experience of leading a group walk in 2018.

I knew the route well, had arranged a place for parking and kept it to a challenging but not over-the-top ten-miles… There was a reasonably good forecast to go with it.

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Butcombe Reccy

Saturday 24th February 2018

In less than three weeks time, I’ll be leading my next walk with the group.

This local outing was an effort to ‘reccy’ and finalise the route I had plotted and proposed for the occasion. I was actually leading another walk the very next day and you’ll be able to read my account of that experience, soon.

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#walk1000miles – February 2018

Suddenly, it’s March and the south-west of England has ground to a halt, thanks to a severe dusting of snow.

January, I felt was an overly long and grey month. With February, I was beginning to settle in to the new year. But now, it’s already March and I’m screaming for 2018 to slow down!

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Knee-Deep on Crib Y Garth

Sunday 17th December 2017

Precisely one year to the date of when I first did this walk on my own, I’d arranged to lead the walking group around the same course, in the run-up to Christmas.

Heavy snow had breached the heights of South Wales one week earlier… My only concern that morning was the risk of icy roads and winds up to 40mph… All the snow would be gone by now, right?

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How I Plan A Walk

I’ve been wanting to write a post about this for a little while, as I want this blog to become something more than a series of ‘I walked here, this is what it looked like and this is what I found’.]

[Credit for all images: osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk]

For this example of how I plan a walking route to follow, I’ve selected the area of Cranborne Chase on the North Dorset/Wiltshire border.

Please note: all images are taken from OS Maps, without permission.

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