Warning: Unexpected Culture in Thurrock

Yes, you heard it here first. Despite appearances to the contrary, there is culture to be found in Thurrock, which may I remind you was recently determined as the most miserable place in the country, according to Cameron's new-fangled happiness index. And I can reveal that it is more than a bit shit here. So … Continue reading Warning: Unexpected Culture in Thurrock

Planning the Cambrian Way – Part 7: Dinas Mawddwy to Barmouth

Ah, a short one but a good one. Two of the best 100 (according to Trail) mountains in the country, and depending on where my main training trip before the Cambrian Way takes me, this stretch could see me pass through the halfway mark in the Trail 100. But then if it doesn't, it will … Continue reading Planning the Cambrian Way – Part 7: Dinas Mawddwy to Barmouth

Planning the Cambrian Way – Part 6: Devil’s Bridge to Dinas Mawddwy

A quick section to plan this one. On paper of a similar length to the previous section, I knew I could knock this one out quickly, so that's what I've done. It may be longer and hillier (slightly) than stage 3, but it's not caught my imagination in the same way. In part this is … Continue reading Planning the Cambrian Way – Part 6: Devil’s Bridge to Dinas Mawddwy

Planning the Cambrian Way – Part 5: Llandovery to Devil’s Bridge

Assuming that I don't roll into Llandovery a bedraggled and broken mess of a walker, and head promptly for home, I'll depart Llandovery and enter a whole new world - one of deep valleys, woods and wild rounded hills. It looks absolutely enchanting, and whilst it clearly won't match the more dramatic scenery a couple … Continue reading Planning the Cambrian Way – Part 5: Llandovery to Devil’s Bridge

Planning the Cambrian Way – Part 4: Abergavenny to Llandovery

Could this be the most problematic section of the walk to plan ? It was certainly starting to look that way. It's the longest section according to my initial carve up and with me needing to make sweeping assumptions about the daily distances I could make by predicting my fitness and the effect of any … Continue reading Planning the Cambrian Way – Part 4: Abergavenny to Llandovery

Planning the Cambrian Way – Part 3: Cardiff to Abergavenny (Stage 1)

It seems no one spotted the "deliberate" mistake in my last planning post - indeed I was even complimented on the reasonableness of my 24 day schedule. Except, if you'd added up the days for each section you'd have come up with 27, making it even more reasonable. It was only sitting down to start … Continue reading Planning the Cambrian Way – Part 3: Cardiff to Abergavenny (Stage 1)