Other walks

Walking the Wales Coast Path has certainly been a major project. And I have enjoyed doing the Coast to Coast and Hadrians Wall and most recently The Way of St James. But there are other opportunities for decent walks. On the day that I did the very first section of the Wales Coast Path I met Derek Shottin from the Chepstow Hill Walkers. They go out every Wednesday and are doing exactly the kind of walking I enjoy- about 10 miles at a reasonable pace in the hills of, often, The Brecon Beacons. And then I have a good friend Dave who I meet up with every couple of months and we walk then. And holidays with Anne usually comprise days where she sits and reads and I go out for a longish walk and then we go out to eat in the evening. This is a perfect arrangement for both of us. So I intend to occasionally post accounts of some of these other walks.

Circular walks in Chianti: Lamole Ring Walk

January 31, 2016
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Date walked: 30th September 2015 Distance: about 9 miles (but should have been less if I had not got lost) Guide book used: “Walking and eating in Tuscany and Umbria” by James Lasdun and Pia Davis.  Edition published 2004. See website www.walkingandeating.com for comments and corrections. ********* This was the second of my walks when I was […]

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Circular walks in Chianti: Badia a Passignano

January 17, 2016
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  Date walked: 29th September 2015 Distance: about 6 miles Guide book used: “Walking and eating in Tuscany and Umbria” by James Lasdun and Pia Davis.  Edition published 2004. See website www.walkingandeating.com for comments and corrections. *********** Tuscany (taking in the cities of Florence, Pisa and Siena and the countryside in between) has some of Italy’s finest […]

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A return to Moel Hebog, Snowdonia

August 30, 2015
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This post is dedicated to my Mum, who also climbed this mountain when she was probably in her 60’s – and she also got lost at the end. Happy Birthday, Mum! (it’s her birthday today) Date walked: 6th July 2015 Distance: around 5 miles Map used: OS Explorer OL17 – Snowdon ******* Avid readers of […]

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Rhymney Valley Ridgeway and North Cardiff Craigs

May 24, 2015
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  A very pleasant walk in the hills between Cardiff and Caerphilly through old Beech woods and some historic sites of industry. Date walked: 27th March 2015 Distance: around 9 miles Map used: OS Explorer 151: Cardiff & Bridgend ************ My friend Neil and I have been going for walks together since we were in our […]

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Sixty on Pen-Y-Fan

May 17, 2015
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Date walked: May 2nd 2015 Map used: None – but the route is covered by OS Explorer OL12 Distance: around 5 miles ************ I had been wondering how to celebrate my 6oth birthday for some time. Years possibly. I had no appetite for throwing a party, where I would have probably have spent most of the […]

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A walk around Cribarth, Ystradgynlais and Cefn Mawr

May 10, 2015
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A wonderful walk though rugged moorland in the western Brecon Beacons National Park, taking in Cribarth, Cefn Mawr and a World War II plane crash site Date walked: 7th April 2015 Distance: 15 miles Map used: OS Explorer OL12  Brecon Beacons National Park ************* Paul and I were due to meet at 1.30pm – late […]

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A wildnerness walk in the Cambrian Mountains

May 3, 2015
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Quite a demanding trek over quite boggy ground in the Cambrian mountains below Plynlimon Date walked: 27th February 2015 Distance: around 12 miles Maps used: OS Explorer 215 Newtown and Machynlleth and 214 ********** Bob and I had stayed the night at The Mount Inn at Llanidloes. It wasn’t an altogether agreeable experience although the public […]

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A Legacy of Lead: getting lost with Kevin Walker in mid Wales

April 26, 2015
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A fabulous 12-mile hike around the disused lead mines near Dylife in Powys, Wales. Date walked: 26th February 2015 Distance: around 12 miles Map used: OS Explorer 215: Newtown & Machynlleth ********* The mountain road between Llanidloes and Machynlleth must be one of the finest drives in Wales, passing by the Llyn Clywedog Reservoir, the extraordinary Twymyn gorge and […]

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Canterbury Ways: a horseshoe walk along the Saxon Shore Way and Wantsum Walk

April 19, 2015
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Date walked: 27th October 2014 Map used: OS Explorer 150- Canterbury and the Isle of Thanet Distance: About 8 miles ************** Upstreet, on the A253 out of Canterbury, is something of a walkers hub, with three designated paths converging on the Great Stour river at Grove Ferry, just a couple of hundred yards down the […]

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Canterbury Ways: Saxon Shore Way from Upstreet to Sandwich

April 12, 2015
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An easy walk alongside the Great Stour River, finishing in Sandwich, and enjoying several sightings of Kingfishers. Date walked: 31st October 2014 Distance: about 10 miles Map used: OS Explorer 150: Canterbury and the Isle of Thanet ********** A bus from the city centre dropped me off at Upstreet, where I finished the last walk. A short stroll […]

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