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”

Nepal: Annapurna Base Camp

In October 2009 I flew out to Nepal to embark on the Annapurna Base Camp trek in aid of the Himalayan Cultural Conservation. This is a classic 9 day Himalayan trekking route taking us to a height of 4130 metres. Staying in traditional tea houses, our destination was Annapurna Base Camp (also known as theContinue reading “Nepal: Annapurna Base Camp”

Dartmoor Forest Perambulation Part Three: Runnage to Princetown

Foiled by the weather, a month ago, in our attempt to walk the Dartmoor Perambulation in three straight days, we returned, minus Simon and Cat, who had to work. We left Halwill Junction Base Camp early, making the hour journey to Runnage, driving into Dartmoor on a magical morning. With sunshine and mist, the coloursContinue reading “Dartmoor Forest Perambulation Part Three: Runnage to Princetown”

Dartmoor Forest Perambulation Part Two: Belstone to Runnage

The last thing you want to do after a full breakfast in the Tors Pub is tackle a climb, but it had to be done if we were going to be successful in completing the Dartmoor Perambulation. Leaving Belstone, we dropped down into the cleave, crossed the Taw, then began the ascent to Boundary MarkContinue reading “Dartmoor Forest Perambulation Part Two: Belstone to Runnage”

Dartmoor Forest Perambulation Part One: Princetown to Belstone

We left the comfort of the Fox Tor Bunkhouse in Princetown at 8:30 am and headed off in the mist to North Hessary Tor. Six of us, with only myself with any comprehension of what was to come, having walked most of it before. For those not in the know about the Perambulation of Dartmoor,Continue reading “Dartmoor Forest Perambulation Part One: Princetown to Belstone”