A collection of bite sized adventures that occur during that “annual leave” thing people tend to do in order to furnish their Instagram page with photos that don’t involve black and white selfies with the cat. Mostly involves being damp in a tent.
Check out the map if you’re looking for a certain thing, the pin drops have the relevant blog post attached.
Hiking from Eastbourne to Lands End to John O Groats in a National Trail crushing extravaganza. We were only going to do LEJOG, but as we started looking at the route we decided to use the north section of the South West Coast Path to make a start and eventually figured it’d be rude not to start in Poole and do the whole thing. That somehow morphed into “might as well tag the South Downs Way onto the start of that” and I have no idea why but I’m guessing wine might have played a role in that decision.
Vanguard Way 2021
Ah, the Vanguard Way. A surprisingly enjoyable jaunt through 66 miles of woodland and countryside, including the beautiful Ashdown Forest, largely through ankle deep mud and over stiles that have seen much better days. This is our last dress rehearsal before LEJOG+ next year. After this we just have to try to not each too much cake over winter so we can actually get up and down the hills that 2022 hopefully had in store for us.
Ribble Way 2021
A cheeky little five day jaunt from Ribblehead to Preston, sorta kinda along the River Ribble, more or less. Most folks seem to do it from the mouth to the source but we’re renegades and decided to go from bum-fuck nowhere, North Yorkshire to Preston, Lancashire, not least because that way we got to finish at a pub. Very important to keep one’s fluids up after a multi-day hike.
West Deane Way 2021
It’s Bank Holiday weekend, I have the Saturday off work which is unheard of, what should we do to avoid the masses of humans in a country where it’s currently illegal to go abroad? We’ll go to Taunton. That’s what we’ll do. Turns out no one goes to Taunton which is weird because it’s lovely. The West Deane Way is a 45 mile circular walk starting and finishing in the Somerset town, so we thought we’d do that and spend two and a half days being glared at by cows.
Isle Of Wight Coastal Path 2020
Our first foray into the world of not-exactly-legal leave no trace wild camping. We very deliberately didn’t plan this in detail in order to see if we could wing it, and to put me out of my control-freak comfort zone and possibly give me a minor nervous breakdown. CLICK HERE for the first post, or there’s only three so you could just tap on the image for the lot.
Every now and then we go to Dartmoor where we mostly end up tits-deep in tussocks and questioning all of our life choices.
Hadrian’s Wall Path 2019
Our first self-organised multi-day hike during a week off. Colleagues raised an eyebrow and suggested we have a long, hard think about what constituted a holiday. CLICK HERE for the first post, or tap the image for the whole thing.
We headed to Wales intending to have a holiday full of hiking with minimal boozes. Turns out that wet shit falls from the sky with alarming frequency and Wales has a lot of micro breweries so we ended up doing precisely the opposite of what we intended. CLICK HERE for the first post or click the image for the whole blog.
Land of cream teas and pasties and yeah, I pretty much had to be rolled out of Cornwall. With guest appearances from Cheddar Gorge, Lyme Regis and Stonehenge. CLICK HERE for the first post or click on the image for the whole blog.