Isle Of Wight Coastal Path Days 5 & 6

Day 5 : Bonchurch to St Helens : 14.3 miles (inc. a detour down the beach in search of a place to camp, and a trip to the pub) I think it did rain a little bit last night, I definitely woke up at least once to the sound of rain pattering on the tent, [...]

Isle Of Wight Coastal Path Days 3 & 4

Day 3 : Fort Victoria to Grange Chine : 16 miles (inc. popping up the road to the shops for a resupply) Camping in woods is amazing in that it's so bloody warm. I'm a cold sleeper, in fact I'm a cold human in general and end up spending stupid money on wool because if [...]

Hadrian’s Wall Path, Days 5 and 6

Day 5 : Walwick to Heddon on the Wall : 18.7 miles We woke up to another beautiful morning albeit a cold one. It certainly makes your nipples sit up and take notice when you're trying to function outdoors at this time of year. We shovelled a Summit to Eat into our chops, had a [...]

Hadrian’s Wall Path, Day 4

Day 4 : Sheild on the Wall to just before Walwick : 14.9 miles including a stroll around a fort. One of the fun things about sleeping in a tent is that you never really know what the outside is doing because everything sounds like the apocalypse when you're under canvas. I woke up predictably [...]

Hadrian’s Wall Path, Day 3

Day 3 : Walton to Shield on the Wall : 17.4 miles, including walking around a fort, going the wrong bloody way, and the ¾ of a mile from the trail to the campsite. Well they do say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day (actually I think it's just cereal companies [...]

Hadrian’s Wall Path, Days 1 and 2

I have no idea what satanic hell-beast possessed us to make us think that hiking 84 miles from Bowness-on-Solway to Newcastle-upon-Tyne across the narrowest part of England would be any manner of relaxing, but that's how we chose to spend a week of annual leave in September as colleagues raised an eyebrow and suggested that [...]

Two Nights On Dartmoor

Well Dartmoor started off well enough with lovely, defined trails and well placed stiles that were taller than we are. For all intents and purposes, Dartmoor was a fucking doddle, despite the clouds looming closer, the kind of clouds you don't really want to see when you're just embarking on a three day hike with [...]

A Rainy Day On Gozo

We were up at an hour even the ubiquitous sparrows would have raised a sleepy eyebrow at to catch an early ferry over to Gozo with the intention of watching the sunrise from Malta's smaller sister. Yeah nah so that wasn't going to happen. As we sat in the small queue of cars to board [...]

A Day Of Purposeful Meandering

We fully intended to walk every inch of Comino today, the tiny, car-free island between Malta and Gozo, but it seemed the ferries weren't running, possibly on account of the fact the winds of the other day had started up again. We got to the ferry terminal (the Gozo one is obvious) and were directed [...]