Australia: Overland Track Day 4 – New Pelion to Kia Ora

When I awoke, first thing I noticed was the humidity. The hut was surrounded in a mist, and with the prospect of a climb up through rainforest, I wasn’t looking forward to this first section. This was a tough one for me today. I stopped countless times, exhausted, soaking with sweat. The forest was dark,Continue reading “Australia: Overland Track Day 4 – New Pelion to Kia Ora”

Australia: Overland Track Day 3 – Windermere to New Pelion

The longest distance today; 16.75 km, and I was up at first light. I was in my element! Moorland and mist for the early part of the morning, it could have been Dartmoor with duckboards, for all I knew! The air was cool, perfect for walking, and I happily ate up the distance across PineContinue reading “Australia: Overland Track Day 3 – Windermere to New Pelion”

Australia: Overland Track Day 2 – Waterfall Valley to Windermere

Common consensus amongst everyone in the hut was that they were all going to skip Windermere Hut and crack on to New Pelion. This meant that, unless any of today’s starters skipped Waterfall Valley, I was in for a quiet night! I set off about 8:30 am. It was a short leg of 7.75 kmContinue reading “Australia: Overland Track Day 2 – Waterfall Valley to Windermere”

Australia: Overland Track Day 1 – Ronny Creek to Waterfall Valley

9am – Started in the rain, accompanied by a bushwalker setting off on the Horse Track for a day walk. The weather soon cleared up and we soon parted company at a junction, as I laboured up to Crater Lake. One thing was abundantly clear; I was going to struggle! Many would argue that anContinue reading “Australia: Overland Track Day 1 – Ronny Creek to Waterfall Valley”

Ridgeway day 6 – Wendover to Ivinghoe Beacon

Eager to finish today, I caught an early train from Uxbridge, and was leaving Wendover by half past nine. This is a fine village, a little busy, but it has good architecture and a couple of recommended curry houses. It is worth a look if you haven’t been before. For me, it was all aboutContinue reading “Ridgeway day 6 – Wendover to Ivinghoe Beacon”

Ridgeway day 5 – Lewknor to Wendover

Today very much felt like I was in my back yard having trodden this area many many times before. This made it no less daunting, knowing I had ascents of three hills; Lodge, Whiteleaf and Coombe, before I descended to the village of Wendover. After a quick shop to pick up a new memory card,Continue reading “Ridgeway day 5 – Lewknor to Wendover”

Ridgeway day 4 – Streatley to Lewknor

After my rest day, I was back on the train to Goring and Streatley. Some would argue that heading home and commuting for the final three days isn’t really in the spirit of long distance walking, but considering I am on a budget and there is no cheap place to stay for the rest ofContinue reading “Ridgeway day 4 – Streatley to Lewknor”

Ridgeway day 3 – Down Barn Farm to Streatley

I should have seen the signs! When I wandered into the kitchen for breakfast, I asked the owner where I could throw my rubbish, and she pointed to an open bin in the corner, buzzing with flies! I sat down and had a cup of tea, as she cooked my full English, and once IContinue reading “Ridgeway day 3 – Down Barn Farm to Streatley”

Ridgeway day 2– Ogbourne St. George to Down Barn Farm

Back in 2006, Ogbourne St. George is where I called it a day. I awoke in the morning to give Simon the news that the hip injury had not eased overnight. I headed home to pick up the car, whilst Simon carried on. My role in this charity challenge was now as support vehicle. ReturningContinue reading “Ridgeway day 2– Ogbourne St. George to Down Barn Farm”

Ridgeway day 1 – Avebury to Ogbourne St. George

Before I start I should mention that I have made no meaningful attempt to describe the numerous prehistoric landmarks that are dotted along the early stages of this route, instead I have included links to the excellent http://www.stone-circles.org.uk or http://www.megalithic.co.uk website, which gives a much more comprehensive description of each one. Similarly, with other pointsContinue reading “Ridgeway day 1 – Avebury to Ogbourne St. George”