The North Downs Way Again – Part 2: Paddlesworth to Westwell

As I turned away from the trail last night, I noticed that there was a problem on the other side of the road - an apparent path closure. I had a brief look at the sign, promising myself I'd mull it over overnight. When it came to it though, I completely forgot, and found myself … Continue reading The North Downs Way Again – Part 2: Paddlesworth to Westwell

The North Downs Way Again – Part 1: Dover to Paddlesworth

When I became an Ambassador for the Trail last year, I decided to do a complete re-walk, as it was 2016 when I finished the walk before, and even that had been spread thinly over 10 years. My familiarity wasn't what it could be. Of course in the time since, I've walked parts of the … Continue reading The North Downs Way Again – Part 1: Dover to Paddlesworth

Yorkshire Wolds Way Reflections

Background I chose the YWW to walk as part of my long term quest to complete all* of the National Trails**, with a specific sub-project right now which I am calling "Walk the Chalk" - completing the 4 National Trails that travel through chalk landscape: The North Downs Way, the South Downs Way, the Ridgeway, … Continue reading Yorkshire Wolds Way Reflections

Yorkshire Wolds Way – Part 3: Near Huggate to Filey

Awake early, but better rested, it was an even earlier start at just after 7am. As I set off, my whole plan consisted of getting to Fridaythorpe. Here would be a cafe, shop and other facilities. As to how far beyond Fridaythorpe I'd get, that was completely up in the air - I was open … Continue reading Yorkshire Wolds Way – Part 3: Near Huggate to Filey

Yorkshire Wolds Way – Part 2: Brough to Near Huggate

Back at Kings cross station, but a little earlier than last time and no having to run the gauntlet of the security muggles like last time. The journey to Doncaster and then Brough was perfectly pleasant and I alighted in a pretty calm frame of mind - usually there's a lot of excitement mixed with … Continue reading Yorkshire Wolds Way – Part 2: Brough to Near Huggate

St Swithun’s Way

St Swithun's Way is (officially) a 34 mile, or 55km long distance path running between Winchester and Farnham, named after a 9th Century Anglo-Saxon bishop of Winchester. This is the guy associated with the saying about if it rains on St Swithun's Day (15 July), you're in for another 40 days of it. This legend … Continue reading St Swithun’s Way

TGO Challenge 2022: Reflections

You know when you've waited and waited for something, and when it actually comes, it's a little bit of an anti-climax ? That. This is not to say I didn't enjoy the Challenge - merely to say that I built up such expectations of this one that they were never all going to be fully … Continue reading TGO Challenge 2022: Reflections

Yorkshire Wolds Way – Part 1: Hessle to North Newbold

Miserable London, miserable people in the streets, miserable people at the station. I'd departed from my recent policy of taking the coach whenever possible, as the advance train ticket-split I'd worked out was a reasonable deal when you take into account the timing of the journey and how long it would take. Twenty something on … Continue reading Yorkshire Wolds Way – Part 1: Hessle to North Newbold

TGO Challenge 2022 – Day 15: The End

Darren and I agreed a meeting time last night, and I'm there a few moments early as Darren is walking over from his camp spot. That worked well. We cross the Cowie and head south to Hill of Quithel. As we go, and come into phone signal range, I'm messaging Brian. Brian had been stalking … Continue reading TGO Challenge 2022 – Day 15: The End

TGO Challenge 2022 – Days 13 and 14: Slow Down and Enjoy

The X-Mid dweller turns out to be Immo, a chap we've seen before on the trade route into Braemar. He's not in great shape and talking about getting the bus to Aberdeen. We make some encouraging noises about "seeing how you go", and leave him to it. Just along from the campsite entrance lies a … Continue reading TGO Challenge 2022 – Days 13 and 14: Slow Down and Enjoy

TGO Challenge 2022 – Days 11 and 12: Down the Dee

Ah, day 11, my nemesis. For some reason the day leaving Braemar has always been troublesome for me. On my first Challenge in 2017, I made the mistake of regarding Braemar as the point when I knew I'd make it, and fate unleashed itself on me - I got knocked off Carn of Claise by … Continue reading TGO Challenge 2022 – Days 11 and 12: Down the Dee

TGO Challenge 2022 – Day 10: Disappointments

Day 10 can only mean one thing - Braemar. I've been through there on all 3 of my previous Challenges, and the prospect of the annual visit typically fills me with a heady mix of feelings: anticipation; concern I might not be able to resupply everything I want; concern for the existence of the parcel … Continue reading TGO Challenge 2022 – Day 10: Disappointments

TGO Challenge 2022 – Day 9: Trade Route

Crows. Crows. More Crows. The noise coming from above the tent finally stirs me into getting up, after laying awake listening to them for ages. There's a fair bit of time to kill before setting off today, as Darren can't retrieve his laundry from the drying room until 8am, and can't return the key and … Continue reading TGO Challenge 2022 – Day 9: Trade Route

TGO Challenge 2022 – Days 7&8: The Blair Pitch Project

Close the gap. Don't stop. Don't look back. We opt for an 8am start due to the amount of ground we're aiming to cover. It's an easy 3km down the track to meet the road. Darren has forged ahead while I dither taking photos and generally faffing about. I reach the road and he's nowhere … Continue reading TGO Challenge 2022 – Days 7&8: The Blair Pitch Project

TGO Challenge 2022 – Day 6: Behind Again

The rain slashes down for much of the night - definitely the worst night yet. I had to adjust my door configuration twice to successively hunker the tent down more. I wake to find daylight poking though a small hole in one of the doors. I've not idea how it happened, but almost certainly I … Continue reading TGO Challenge 2022 – Day 6: Behind Again