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

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

Walk the Chalk: South Downs Way – Part 3

Hassocks to Eastbourne: 57km (36 miles), 1,422m ascent (4,665ft) Day 6 Last night's dinner was awesome, and bloody well should have been as I'd carried it from the BP garage. Pasta Arrabiata (of sorts) cooked on a camping stove, reminded me of how great it is to have real food rather than just rely on … Continue reading Walk the Chalk: South Downs Way – Part 3

Walk the Chalk: South Downs Way – Part 2

Cocking to Hassocks: 60km (38 miles), 1,406m ascent (4,613ft) Day 4 The stay at the campsite on the outskirts of Cocking couldn't have come at a better time. I'd avoided a nasty day of rain that would have been very uncomfortable to be out in, and also had a night of respite from the stresses … Continue reading Walk the Chalk: South Downs Way – Part 2

Walk the Chalk: South Downs Way – Part 1

Winchester to Cocking: 64km (40 miles), 1,369m ascent (4,491ft) Day 1 It was a pleasant journey to Winchester. As someone who hasn't commuted in over two years, and with no intention to ever do so again, I hadn't relished piling on a rush hour train along with all the miserable people. But as it turned … Continue reading Walk the Chalk: South Downs Way – Part 1

The Elham Valley Way (plus a bit…)

Last year I managed to make myself go out for a camp in every month, and although some of those were done in the course of a multi-day walk, some were very much a matter of forcing myself out to sleep. For 2022 I wanted to do something a bit different - specifically to make … Continue reading The Elham Valley Way (plus a bit…)

The Great Glen Way

I walked the Great Glen Way (GGW) with my friend Paul in mid October 2021. This trip replaced a previous plan to do a longer route in the south west of England, that was ultimately a victim of fitness levels. The decision to do the GGW instead was a compromise between an easier/shorter route and … Continue reading The Great Glen Way

Glyndŵr’s Way: The Videos

Alongside this blog series, I also produced a set of videos which can be found on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IZMQDtn4PY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcd9mxUixss https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkbk99oR3Fk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2Xz_62MaWM The complete set will take about an hour and a half to watch, so a cup of something will be needed!

Glyndŵr’s Way: Afterthoughts

So the walk is done, and as you would expect the experiences of that walk prompted a few thoughts about how it went, what I'd do the same/differently, and generally what were the highs and lows. So here goes.... The Plan vs RealityNavigation, Trail Hazards etcWeatherFacilities along the TrailWaterAccommodationGear that WorkedGear that Didn'tFinally The Plan … Continue reading Glyndŵr’s Way: Afterthoughts

Glyndŵr’s Way – Day 9: The End

A terrible night's sleep courtesy of both my lack of mat, and the late arrival of a family at dusk. There seemed to be a lot of opening and closing of car doors throughout the night. I was up early, and they looked like they'd never actually been to bed (and it sounded like that … Continue reading Glyndŵr’s Way – Day 9: The End

Glyndŵr’s Way – Day 8: Looking After My Feet

This morning on the way back from the facilities, I was offered a lift to Welshpool, and I surprised myself in how readily I turned it down. I'm not sure the answer would have been the same if the offer had been made last night. Day 8: Abertridwr to Meifod - 25.71km, 624m ascent / … Continue reading Glyndŵr’s Way – Day 8: Looking After My Feet

Glyndŵr’s Way – Day 7: Ouch, my feet

A peaceful night was had, but the sleep wasn't great quality - still feeling the loss of my mat, and for that reason keen to get the walk done. Midges besieged the tent as I made tea, and attempted to eat a cereal bar under my midge net. I copped for quite a lot of … Continue reading Glyndŵr’s Way – Day 7: Ouch, my feet

Glyndŵr’s Way – Day 6: Still no Water

Last night I booked a campsite at Lake Vyrnwy for tomorrow, as I wasn't that happy with the way potential wild camps aligned with places to get water. I decided to create some certainty and effectively break this final 4 days into 2 sections of 2 days. That just left tonight to think about, and … Continue reading Glyndŵr’s Way – Day 6: Still no Water