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Walk along the Itchen Way

1 days ago
Bend in the Itchen
Been a while since I wrote one of these for Geograph but I think this one is a worthy one to do. The reason I happened to be here was because my wife was at a conference at the Holiday Inn. This seemed an ideal opportunity to take in some places I have not vested and get a few church's for my Blog. I planned to visit four and if I had time at the end go to the cemetery nearby. As it was I was out walking for over six hours and did not have the time at the end. Started out from the Holiday...
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The season begins

9 days ago
Chapel Lane, Horton
After getting new squares every week throughout the off season when it gets dark by 4 I was quite pleased with myself. Each year I have plans for a long journey or two, and each year they get longer simply as the closer ones get done. This year's list were all 80 miles minimum and include a new myriad, north record, distance record and anything else that comes to me on top. Unfortunately the exact moment the clocks went forward I was put on new tablets which had the primary effect of tiring...
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Walker Fold to Godley Hill

1 months ago
Photo This is one of several National Cycle Network Mileposts placed by Sustrans on the former Godley Junction to Apethorn railway line section of the Trans Pennine Trial and National Cycle Route 62. This one is of "The Cockerel" design by Iain McColl. When I photographed it in 2014 Photo it hadn't been painted. I understand that pupils from a local school helped to choose the colours used. Photo A group of riders on the Trans Pennine Trail just west of Green Lane....
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Where does Aberystwyth's drinking water come from

1 months ago
Dam, Llyn Llygad Rheidol
For a gentle start to the season, I had a stroll up the service track Photo to Llyn Llygad Rheidol Photo from Nant-y-moch Photo. I knew that the beautiful glacial lake tucked away on the north side of Pumlumon Fawr Photo was part of Aberystwyth's drinking water supply, but I hadn't appreciated quite how important it is in this respect. During the walk, I had a rummage around the dam Photo Photo and spillway Photo Photo and on...
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A Circular Walk on the Severn Way

2 months ago
On the banks of the River Severn
The Severn Way follows the course of the River Severn from its source high on Plynlimon in mid Wales, from where it flows to the east, entering England and flowing through Shropshire before turning south and flowing through Worcestershire and Gloucestershire. If following the path downstream the way ends in Bristol which is a little odd in that the city is on the River Avon, not the Severn, though I suppose this is to reward the walker with an objective, rather then finishing somewhere on...
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A visit to the derelict former RAF Yatesbury air base

4 months ago
It was one of those spur-of-the-moment decisions that have consequences. That Saturday morning, 6th December 2014, I was off to the annual Christmas Fayre in Devizes, and because the weather was bright and frosty, I decided to make the most of the petrol and go for a walk on my way back. I decided on Yatesbury because it was more or less on my route, and because, when I looked at my worn-out OS map covered in pink highlighter, I realised to my surprise that there were grid squares there...
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December, the darkest month

4 months ago
Tower block by Uxbridge Road, Hayes
A possible inspiration to others, I hadn't planned or expected to continue my trips to new places on the map over the winter months, as described in my previous entry, but each week I checked the map and timed the routes to see if I could get around it in time which I did each trip. Sundays were the usual method as there's far less traffic, although I have managed others as well. They have been to Datchet Photo, Croxley Photo, including a square which only had one photo in it...

The end of the season

5 months ago
Long John from Sheephouse Road
After the clocks went back I thought I didn't have much chance of getting anywhere new till the spring. I'd been Geographing a few years now for squares rather than just submitting random photos, and was running out of anywhere I could get to and wander around in time before it got dark. Photo However, referring to the previous blog entry then the extension I had was a whole month, with a plan being made for Sundays when I knew there'd be hardly any traffic so could add another hour's...
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A walk around Edgeley

7 months ago
Top end of Castle Street
A walk around Edgeley past Stockport County football ground, into Edgeley Park and along Castle Street with its pubs and lamppost artwork. You can see this trip plotted on a map on the Geo-trips page LinkExternal link . One day I decided to have a little look around Edgeley as the place isn't especially well Geographed and I was interested in looking at the lampposts on Castle Street. I got off the bus half way along Mercian Way and made my way down to Hardcastle...
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Circumnavigation of Islay

8 months ago
Soldier's Rock from inside the cave, Islay
For how long have I wanted to entitle a blog 'Circumnavigation of Islay' or submit a photo for NR2976, one of the four gridsquares which cover Nave Island, Islay's most northerly offshore island. Thanks to Sandy's late mother, this trip was to cost me no more than an unexpected day's holiday and was to be one of the most memorable trips of my life (thus far!) A party of 12 intrepid passengers set off from Port Ellen under the supervision of Gus Newman of Islay Sea-Adventures and his...

Flowerdale Forest from Shieldaig croft

8 months ago
Stream-bank erosion
This year, most of my Geographing has been done by kayak, with only a handful of contributions from walking trips. Mindful of this, and of the approaching stag stalking season, I decided it was time to photograph on foot. I began at Shieldaig (not to be confused with its larger namesake to the south) and set off on a very good stalkers' path. The first hour or so was quite easy, but not good preparation for what was to follow. I experienced quite a change when I left the path,...
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The 2014 season draws to a close

8 months ago
Coopers Hill, Kimpton
After my big start to the season (ie when the clocks go forward) in April the elastic which had been being pulled back throughout the winter months was allowed to shoot forward to Dungeness, and then relaxed back into stasis partly as I discovered it was no longer necessary to make a few of my next planned journeys, as plan A (getting as far as possible between my furthest two points) was no longer necessary as none would any longer increase it as they were in different directions and the...
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Climbing the tower of Worcester Cathedral

8 months ago
Worcester cathedral
Climbing the tower of Worcester Cathedral Photo Having visited Hereford last week and climbed the cathedralís tower I thought it about time I climbed the tower of Worcester Cathedral. I have been up the tower before but many years ago, it must be at least thirty years ago. I work in the city of Worcester and the sound of the cathedralís bells are ever present. With the exception of Durham, few of Englandís cathedrals are in a more attractive setting, with Worcester Cathedral...

Climbing the tower of Hereford Cathedral

8 months ago
Hereford Cathedral
Last month I visit Salisbury and whilst there I climbed the tower of the cathedral, this inspired me to see if it was possible to climb the tower of one of my local cathedrals. Within a radius of 25 miles of my home there are three cathedrals, Gloucester, the tower of which a climbed a couple of years ago, Worcester and Hereford. Checking the website of Hereford Cathedral I noted that the tower is currently open on Wednesdays and Thursdays and being on leave took to opportunity to visit....

Southampton's old town and cruise docks

9 months ago
Berth 101
The day after the Geograph conference 2014, fellow Geograph-er Basher Eyre took us on a guided tour Photo of Southampton's old town. Starting at the station, we walked past the Civic Centre Photo towards the town walls Photo. After seeing an interesting mural Photo summarising Southampton's history in Hamtun Street and hearing about Southampton's oldest church, St Michael's Photo, we saw a number of preserved buildings such as a mediaeval wine...
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The wrong side of the Nant-y-Factory from Glaspwll

9 months ago
Maesycoed Queen Raising Station
I had great plans for this Easter holiday walk: A farm track would take me up to the intake of the curiously named Nant-y-Factory (if one can trust the map in this respect), then find my way up to the top end of the Moel-y-Llyn forestry, round the four lakes around Angler's Retreat and finally back down the upper Cwm Llyfnant, with a waterfall thrown in for interest. It didn't quite work out. I didn't manage to set off until afternoon, then couldn't find anywhere to park without...
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End of the Cooling Towers

9 months ago
Almost Set
I have been sadly lacking in blogs of late mainly because I have been concentrating on my own personal blogs but I thought my recent exploits should be shared here. Didcot Powerstation as we all have heard is now coming down. The first of the three cooling towers were blown up early one Sunday Morning witnessed by many thousand people. In the weeks leading up to the event the contractors announced they would be coming down on the 27th July between 3 & 5 am much to the annoyance of all the...
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Back roads from Okehampton to North Tawton

11 months ago
Footpath along a sunken track near Halford
A walk along the Devonshire Heartland Way (DHW), and then the Tarka Trail from just outside Okehampton to North Tawton. It was a chance to collect some new squares and use these two long distance paths. The DHW was little used, and very muddy in places. The Tarka Trail was mainly on roads with a final stretch beside the River Taw. It took four hours You can see this trip plotted on a map on the Geo-trips page LinkExternal link .
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Not quite Ten Tors on Dartmoor

11 months ago
A seven mile walk which visited ten named tops on Dartmoor, but not all were named as tors. The walk was timed for the Tuesday after the Ten Tors expedition - why should young people have all the fun? - but there was no need for overnight camping, and the walk was rather shorter than the 35 or 45 or 55 miles of the weekend expedition You can see this trip plotted on a map on the Geo-trips page LinkExternal link .
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Snowdon via Miners' and Llanberis Paths

12 months ago
Snowdon from Llanberis. First caught the Snowdon Sherpa bus to Pen-y-pass then walked up via the Miners' Track and down the Llanberis Path. You can see this trip plotted on a map on the Geo-trips page LinkExternal link .
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Remember the Battle of Tewkesbury

12 months ago
Today, 4th May 2014, is the 543rd anniversary of the Battle of Tewkesbury, a significant battle in the Wars of the Roses. Margaret of Anjou, Queen of the Lancastrian King Henry VI and their son Edward, Prince of Wales were marching north aiming to cross the River Severn at Tewkesbury to meet up with supporters in Wales. As the Lancastrian Army headed north it was being pursued by the Yorkist Army under King Edward IV. This pursuit culminated in the bloody battle at Tewkesbury which...
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The 2014 season begins

12 months ago
The beach by Dungeness lighthouse
After summarising my winter activities and spring plans, I can now update with the good news (for me anyway) after a couple of weeks of long days I took my first long trip, extending my gap between points by almost ten miles. I used a ruler on the map to measure where I could go, and at the time the shortest journey was to Kent as opposite Cheltenham, either Dover (the longest) or Dungeness, which was a lot easier. Photo I plumped for the compromise, still adding more than the...
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The source grounds of the Afon Irfon

12 months ago
Moorland at the head of the Afon Irfon
14 Apr 2014 A walk to start the season, with relatively little ascent but some tough terrain. Starting from the Tregaron-Abergwesyn mountain road near the turn-off to Dolgoch hostel Photo, I took the forestry track onto Bryn Crwn Photo, gaining height over Nant-ystalwyn farmhouse at the bottom of Dyffryn Tywi Photo fairly quickly. The landmark waterfall Photo visible from the road is mostly above this track, with a few further cascades after passing the...
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Tighnaspeur - a circular walk

14 months ago
This was to be quite a significant walk for me as it involved completing my final grid square in the eastern block of the island. Furthermore, it was a 'green' gridsquare - and little wonder! Not only is it situated in one of the remotest parts of the island, but it has nothing within its 1 km square to entice the everyday walker. The Abhainn Staoin (bending/crooked river) flows diagonally NW to SE, almost dividing NR 4252 in half, but otherwise there is nothing but contours and a small...

Looking ahead

14 months ago
Offices by the A12 from Kingswood Road, Leytonstone
I was delighted this week when it was as light at 5pm as it was at midday (OK, we all know it's really 1pm and 6pm, but this country has to be out of step with the rest of Europe), as after a couple of months hibernating and only able to do the odd trip south at weekends when there was little or no traffic slowing me down I could now start the first ventures beyond the main red blob on my map again. My Fuji compact, bought after the Olympus had finally stopped producing uncorrupted photos,...
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