Olly Writes

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Notgrove Long Barrow

Just a brief one for today as I have, erm, not an awful lot to do on this dismal Bank Holiday Monday morning!

Following on from the end of my recent walk in the Cotswolds; I’d spotted a previously-unknown long barrow with the English Heritage symbol next to it. This was only a few miles to the east and so, at the end of my walk, I took a twenty-minute drive out of my way towards Stow-on-the-Wold, in the hopes of visiting Notgrove Long Barrow.

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A Cotswold Challenge

Saturday 15th August 2015

It must now be a fortnight since I last returned to the Cotswolds. In a month’s time, I’ll be heading that way again for a long-distance walking challenge. But on this occasion, I was looking to correct and finalise the sixteen-mile route I’d plotted back in June.

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Keeping My Bladder Clean

Continuing on from the previous post where we looked at my recently-acquired map holder; this week, I’ve gone and bought my self a cleaning kit for my hydration bladder.


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Map Holding

While I was down in Dorset last month, I had an opportunity to try out a new map holder I had purchased, which would offered both resistance to rainfall and a means of storing a folded Ordnance Survey map.


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Building the Shed (Part 2)

By the end of my first day, I was impressed that I’d been able to get the roof on, albeit with a tarp thrown over for overnight ‘security’ (see Part 1).

You’d think that I’d then be ready to finish the roof when I got started the next day… But no. I wasn’t happy with my rushed effort and began by taking the four sheets of chipboard off again!

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Bristol to Portishead (Part 2)

Continuing on from Part 1, where we’d reached Ham Green via the Avon Cycleway.

Still following the guide within Damian Hall’s Somerset Coast Path.

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Bristol to Portishead (Part 1)

Saturday 8th August 2015

This was the very beginning of a long-distance coastal walk a friend and I have committed to tackling together.

Our inspiration comes from a book titled, the Somerset Coast Path, which was only released a year ago. From Bristol, we’ll gradually make our way west, south and then west again, following the coast as far as the border at North Devon.

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Stargazing in Glastonbury

Wednesday 12th August 2015

My friend Anna recently suggested making a serious effort to experience the Perseid Meteor Shower, which apparently happens annually in August. There’s a very good chance you’ve already heard of this and may even have made your own efforts to witness the shooting stars.

Peering upwards from behind a window wasn’t going to cut it, with a reasonably good forecast in our region. We decided that we would head to the heights of Glastonbury Tor, in the hope of escaping much light pollution and stealing a good seat for the show.

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