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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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Walk Leader Training and Navigation

Saturday 11th – Sunday 12th November 2017

I’ve just spent the past few days in Pembrokeshire, towards the south-west of Wales. Last weekend, I crossed the Severn Bridge to attend a walk leader and navigation course in the Brecon Beacons.

View from Mynydd Llangorse.

This is something that Brunel Walking Group organise at this time every year (I was supposed to go in 2013 or 2014 but cancelled) and the course is led by Andy Cummings of Manzoku; an experienced mountain leader, hill walker and climber.

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Leadin’ at Bredon Hill

Sunday 11th June 2017

Here we are, preparing to say goodbye to August and I’ve just arrived in the month that was June, with my writing! I’m also leapfrogging ahead ten-days from the start of the month in order to carry on with the good stuff.

So, back in December, I’d effectively pre-walked this route up in Worcestershire, ready to take the group on a tour of Bredon Hill at a later date. With people in their cars and, later, having arrived at the start point; we were ready to go.

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