Last Sunday I went adventuring in the downs near Newbury. Obsessive fans of this blog may remember I last visited Newbury five years ago but I only did minor exploring of the surrounding countryside. The highlight of the whole trip was when I unexpectedly stumbled upon a large encampment of friendly piggies! The piggies came […]
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I’ve wanted to re-walk the western half of the Ridgeway national trail for ages but the weather has either been too hot or too wet. This Saturday the weather looked good but the trains were plagued by engineering works. So I decided I’d make it into more of an adventure by having a mini holiday […]
Can you spot it?! Near Turville in the Chilterns last weekend. The grass is so dry! Or, it was until it started raining.
I happened to be on a work related expedition to Hook near Basingstoke last Tuesday and since it was such a nice day I decided to go exploring once I was done. So I drove a little bit south to visit Odiham Castle! As ruined castles go, this one is pretty good, with informative information […]
A few weekends ago I set off on another expedition to explore westwards through Gloucestershire. This time I walked from Kingham in Oxfordshire to Cheltenham. Around lunchtime I got to Bourton-on-the-Water which proudly claims to be the “Venice of the Cotswolds”. This seems a little extravagant: there’s one small stream running through the middle of […]
I tried unsuccessfully to walk all the way from Henley to Oxford last October. So now with peak daylight I had another go the weekend before last – and I made it this time! The section after the point were I gave up last time was a bit naff. There’s probably a better route keeping […]
One neat benefit of having a car and it being nearly midsummer is that if you finish work sufficiently early there’s enough daylight for hours of evening adventuring! Some photos from where I went last Tuesday, near Watlington about half an hour up the M40 from my office.
I spent last week in the south of France with some friends ostensibly to go climbing but also spent a lot of time hanging around by the infinity pool in our villa. That’s the view from my window. Not bad eh? We were staying in a little town near Toulon called Bandol. Here’s the local […]
For this week’s adventure I decided to revisit Winchester where I lived during my work placement year at university. To make things more “fun” I walked there from Salisbury which is around 25 miles away. Salisbury looked nice enough, especially the cathedral which I wandered around a bit, but I didn’t stay long as I […]
You know when you’re aware of the existence of some famous place but have no idea where it is until you randomly stumble across it? Well that’s basically what happened to me with Chequers last weekend. Unfortunately the overt security presence stopped me getting any closer…