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

Glyndŵr’s Way – Day 5: Calm After the Storm

...It was not OK. As soon as the sun went down last night, the wind picked up, and with it the rain. The mountain forecast I was using had last updated at 6pm, and didn't reflect the late build up of the storm. The forecast I did myself as darkness fell, was a little more … Continue reading Glyndŵr’s Way – Day 5: Calm After the Storm

Glyndŵr’s Way – Day 4: The Best Day Yet

A slower start today due to the constraints of staying in a B&B or pub. I generally love the day leaving "proper" accommodation, though: it's like a reset back to the start of the walk when everything is fresh and new. Of course if the weather's poor, it just feels like going out from the … Continue reading Glyndŵr’s Way – Day 4: The Best Day Yet

Glyndŵr’s Way – Day 3: Trials, Tribulations and the Field of Doom

Another middle-of-the-night sleep disturbance: this time at 4am, when I woke to find myself on a deflated mat. Attempts to re-inflate it failed miserably, with the air coming out as fast as it was going in. I gave up and simply lay on the flat mat. At least I had a thin closed cell foam … Continue reading Glyndŵr’s Way – Day 3: Trials, Tribulations and the Field of Doom

Glyndŵr’s Way – Day 2: Under Surveillance

Day 2: Black Mountain to Ysgŵd-ffordd - 27.84km, 734m ascent / 780m descent It's amazing the effect of a decent night's sleep, and last night's was just such a night. I woke feeling a lot more positive. My pack up was more efficient too. although I still wasn't quite fast enough to do it with … Continue reading Glyndŵr’s Way – Day 2: Under Surveillance

Glyndŵr’s Way – Days 0 and 1: To Knighton and Beyond…

It was a long and excruciatingly slow journey to Wales, with speed restrictions/engineering work doubling the journey time to Crewe. This was also my first train travel of any kind since You Know What. So, it was a relief all round to complete the last leg of the journey and step down onto the platform … Continue reading Glyndŵr’s Way – Days 0 and 1: To Knighton and Beyond…

Glyndŵr’s Way: Planning

Recently I decided to make a determined effort to tick off the National Trails, and moreover to thru-hike as many of them as I can. To date I've only completed the North Downs Way, and am just over 90% done on the South West Coast Path, but neither of these have been done in one … Continue reading Glyndŵr’s Way: Planning

South West Coast Path 2019

2018's section of the South West Coast Path never happened, the year being taken up with a combination of art exhibitions and the asthma-y aftermath of the TGO Challenge. So it was 2 years, almost to the day, that Dad and I returned to Bude for the 60 mile (or so) section to Barnstaple. What … Continue reading South West Coast Path 2019

The North Downs Way 11: The End

Dover was miserable as I stepped off the train. A walk through town saw me narrowly avoiding being accosted by some rather dubious-looking characters. Not responding to their calls was probably the smart thing to do. Ironically, by the time I found the Market Square and then followed the NDW I was almost back at … Continue reading The North Downs Way 11: The End

South West Coast Path 2016

Dad and I spent a week walking along the coast path from St Ives to Padstow. I'm not going to write a long story about this as it tends to get repetitive, so will confine myself to a few remarks and then leave it to the photos to tell the story... We headed down to … Continue reading South West Coast Path 2016

The North Downs Way 10: The Missing Canterbury Tales

WHEN that Aprilis, with his showers swoot.... So pricketh them nature in their corages; Then longe folk to go on pilgrimages, And palmers for to seeke strange strands, To ferne hallows couth in sundry lands; And specially, from every shire's end Of Engleland, to Canterbury they wend (From the Prologue to The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey … Continue reading The North Downs Way 10: The Missing Canterbury Tales

The Far End of Cornwall – Part 3: Guano and Galleries

Day 5 The Old Man had clearly been struggling the day before, a combination of a dearth of training and a surplus of blisters. So much so that the state of his feet ruled him out of a walk today, so I set off on my tod, taking the same bus journey out to Zennor for … Continue reading The Far End of Cornwall – Part 3: Guano and Galleries

The Far End of Cornwall – Part 2: The Corner

Day 3 The bus dropped us back at Porthcurno, among the tourists arriving to visit the Minack Theatre, and we walked around it as much as we could short of actually paying to get in. We had other things to do. Up on the cliffs, the views back across the bay were stunning, and yielding … Continue reading The Far End of Cornwall – Part 2: The Corner