Category Archives: Walking

A return to camping

I spent last night sleeping in a bivi bag on the side of a hill. My first camping trip since February. It felt good! The Covid 19 lockdown has been difficult for everyone, so I’m not looking for any special … Continue reading

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An unplanned Offa’s Dyke Dip

Most New Years I aim to camp at least once every month in the coming year.  I don’t think I’ve ever managed it.  However, as I’ve camped for one night in November, December and January, I’m going to try to … Continue reading

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Into the inpenetrable forest – Resourie Bothy

I’m attending an MBA bothy workparty in a couple of weeks.  It’s at Resourie bothy, in Ardgour, and I’m planning to get the train up to Fort William then walk in to the bothy.  The obvious way to approach this … Continue reading

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Bonkers bivi in a balaclava

In January 2018 I resolved to camp every month of the year. By the end of January I had failed in my resolution. In 2019 I set a more reasonable goal of “getting outdoors more” and making good use of … Continue reading

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Berwyn bivi (with buses and benchmarks) – Part 2 of 2

Continued from part 1 I was in the cloud nearly all day, which was a shame as this seemed like a really nice place to walk.  I wondered what views I was missing.  Unlike the first day (Thursday), when I … Continue reading

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Berwyn bivi (with buses and benchmarks) – Part 1 of 2

When I take part in the TGO Challenge I do a LOT of planning. Partly because them’s the rules; but also to avoid being stuck somewhere with no idea of how to get where I need to be.  This trip … Continue reading

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My first off-road run. (Hurrah for Parkrun!)

Many years ago, at school, I was a reasonably good runner. 1500 metres was probably my best distance; the 800 metres was too fast for me. Likewise, at the sprint distances I could compete at 200 metres but got left … Continue reading

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Bracken, Bivi and Benchmarks

I’d not camped, or been on anything more than a short local walk, since the TGO Challenge in May and I was looking forward to sleeping outdoors after a tiring walk.  Leaving home at 0800 it took me two and … Continue reading

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TGOC2018 – Shiel Bridge to Peterhead – A summary report

My previous ten TGO Challenge crossings have all started from different places and this year it was the turn of Shiel Bridge which is, I believe, always the most popular start point …. so way down my preference list (what … Continue reading

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Bivvying for softies in the Carneddau (or somewhere near there)

What I needed for this trip was no rain.  My Paramo Velez smock’s pocket zip is broken so I was wearing my Montane smock for this trip and it is not waterproof.  Saturday’s forecast looked drier than Friday’s so I … Continue reading

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