Our canopy for the night

A Birthday Camp

Every year on the weekend nearest to my birthday I go away for one or two nights with the tent. Whilst it’s good to get out, the main driver is the fact that my daughter’s birthday is 3 days after mine and she somehow manages to pull rank when it comes to any parties scheduled for the weekend. As her birthday celebrations usually involve a gang of giggling girls staying over in the house, the tent is actually the best place to be. Not that I’m given any choice… Continue reading “A Birthday Camp”

Day 3 - the best scenery of the trip

SCWP 2012: Post Mortem

Ok, maybe the title is a bit dramatic.  It wasn’t anything like a complete failure, unless you only measure it against the original plan to walk as far as Falmouth over 7 days rather than to Par over 4. Indeed, the irony was that in some ways this trip was the best of the 5 SWCP sections so far… Continue reading “SCWP 2012: Post Mortem”

A Lakeland Round (2011): Debrief

This has been a bit of a strange trip, and I have to say after 15 trips to the Lake District, I didn’t expect to still be learning lessons about my walking capabilities. Continue reading “A Lakeland Round (2011): Debrief”

South West Coast Path 2011 – Debrief


Although we’ve done a chunk of the pub for the last 3 years, this year’s ultimately turned out to be the hardest to arrange and felt really expensive too. And there are a number of reasons for this. Continue reading “South West Coast Path 2011 – Debrief”

SWCP 2011 – Accommodation

We stayed in the following places this year. This was probably the hardest year’s planning due the need to find accommodation in places that fitted with the distances we wanted to do, how we wanted to cross the rivers (especially the Erme) etc. We found ourselves going over our budget per night cost on a couple of occasions, and consequently made use of the Travelodge in Plymouth for 2 nights. With this we managed to achieve a cost of below £30 per person per night. Logistically it worked, but I wouldn’t have done it this way if I could have avoided it. Continue reading “SWCP 2011 – Accommodation”

Snowdonia 2011 – Accommodation and Meals

On this trip I stayed in two places: Continue reading “Snowdonia 2011 – Accommodation and Meals”

Cumbria Way – afterthoughts

A week after the end of the trip, I can now look at what went well and what didn’t….. Continue reading “Cumbria Way – afterthoughts”

A Wet Weekend in the Lakes

Friday 28 October 2005 – Skiddaw Yesterday was such a frantic day, that it was good to finally get out into the hills today, even though it certainly wasn’t the weather we would have wished for.  At least I took a day off work to prepare – I hate to think how bad it would have been if I’d travelled straight from work, like my brother did. I’d been carrying a headache all day and rushing about getting everything ready hadn’t helped.  But it had been bearable until Rob called to say he was stuck in traffic and it became … Continue reading A Wet Weekend in the Lakes