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Wantage

I Went exploring in Wantage, Oxfordshire today. It’s a nice little market town that’s apparently the birth place of Alfred the Great. The local museum was unexpectedly brilliant. My favourite bit was this replica of a Wantage tram carriage complete with dead mice: Predictably everything hereabouts is named after Alfred. Here’s King Alfred’s school which […]

Henley to Oxford (Almost)

Walking from Henley to Oxford has been something I wanted to try for ages, so having a day off this Tuesday I thought I’d give it a go. It’s about 25 or so miles if you take the scenic route. Unfortunately I think this should have been a summer project as despite setting off at […]

Butterflies

I was visiting my friend Winni in St Albans last weekend. On Sunday afternoon we went to the nearby Butterfly World. It was very very very wet. Which was a bit unfortunate as a lot of it was outside. For somewhere so butterfly-themed there is a surprising amount of ant-based exhibits. Including a rather scary […]

Avebury

Yesterday I headed to Swindon to finish off the remaining 16 or so miles of the Ridgeway path that I’ve been doing recently. While waiting for the bus I explored Swindon town centre a bit: it wasn’t really worth the effort, although there was a cool building with minis on the side (they’re produced in […]

In The Dark

It gets dark early in October eh?! On the way back home when I went walking in the Chilterns last weekend. Hambledon lock near Henley. Not to worry though as I have this super-awesome LED Lenser torch. It’s pocket-sized, all-metal, German-made, and even comes with a handy carry case. Buy one now!

Swindon

Ah, Swindon. Who hasn’t dreamed of visiting that mythical Wiltshire town? I know I certainly have since I started walking along the ridgeway last week. So armed with maps and ample supplies I returned by bus to where I’d left off last time and headed west. It’s a primal landscape dotted with iron age hill […]

Where has the fish gone?

I was somewhat distraught on a recent visit to Eastbourne when I discovered the fish fountain described previously on these pages had disappeared! Not just the fish but the water feature and plinth had also vanished. Alarmed, I emailed the Enterprise Centre and heard no response for several weeks. I became convinced that I had […]

Ridgeway

I went for an adventure this afternoon in the hitherto unexplored region north west of Reading. Started in the pleasant village of Streatley and headed in the general direction of Swindon along the “ridgeway” national trail. At first it was a little dull and plodding, the only interesting site being this memorial to a solider […]

August Bank Holiday

Went for a really long walk last Monday where I discovered the previously discussed tank-tractor. On the way back to Henley there was a really awesome sunset and I managed to take some nice photos with the trees silhouetted against the dramatic clouds.

Portland

Went down to Portland near Weymouth the weekend before last to go camping and climbing and generally be outdoors-y. Here, our encampment! Where we went climbing on Saturday: Nice sunset sky in the evening.