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Ilam Park

Sunday 13th September 2015

Soon after finishing my walk that began and ended in Dovedale, I left the car park with an eye on returning to the camp site about thirty-minutes north…

My other eye, however, was fixed on nearby Ilam Park.

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Five Valleys Walk 2015

Sunday 27th September 2015

For each of the previous two years, I’ve taken part in the twenty-mile Circuit of Bath walk on the last Sunday in September. This year though, I decided to take upon myself a new challenge a little further north in the Cotswolds.

Meningitis Now are behind the Five Valleys Walk and I arrived in Stonehouse near Stroud at 8.45am, ready to go.

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Dovedale and Wolfscote Dale (Part 2)

Sunday 13th September 2015

With a good half of the walk complete and after a good half-hour of resting for lunch, it looked as though my return route in to Dovedale would be simple; following the River Dove through Wolfscote Dale.

I felt confident enough that the hills and steep climbs were now far behind me. Perhaps I had tackled this walk in the right direction after all… To see the route, please follow this link.

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Dovedale and Wolfscote Dale (Part 1)

Sunday 13th September 2015

It’s already been a fortnight since I left North Somerset for a weekend up in the Peak District. I’m not sure exactly where the time has gone but I’m keen and due to write about the most significant walk from the weekend away.

This is a walk that begins in an area known as Dovedale, heads north up towards Wolfscote Hill and then back down through the Dales to finish. If you’re interested in the exact route, please click here.

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Finding Solomon’s Temple

Before waving goodbye to Buxton and reluctantly welcoming the prospect of pitching my tent in an anything-but-summer kind of weather; there was one last place-to-see on my list that had been highlighted after a browse across an OS map for the area.

It was my chance to discover Solomon’s Temple.

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Arriving in Buxton

Saturday 12th September 2015

It was 8.15am by the time my car was loaded with a long weekend’s worth of kit. I left my village with a good three-hours of driving ahead of me. This would be the furthest north I had ever driven my car and a first for me personally, having never been so close to the Peak District.

Weather forecasts made for an ‘uninviting’ prologue. As I passed Birmingham while following the M5 motorway north, the rain began to fall. Then, as I later left the M6 at Stoke-on-Trent, an incredible downpour emerged to flood my anxious mind with uncertainties.

Thoughts of turning back, to cancel this weekend and head home, were beginning to consume me… Somewhere in my mind, was the idea to stop in Buxton for a couple of hours and to see how the storms would play out.

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Kingston Lacy

Sunday 19th July 2015

Turning back to July, when I spent a weekend camping down near the Jurassic Coast in Dorset and this stop at a National Trust property came once I had packed up, left the camp site and had begun the long journey home.

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Weekend in’t Derbyshire

Just over twenty-four hours ago, I returned home after an extended weekend break in Derbyshire, camping very close to the Peak District National Park.


Over the next few posts, I intend to share, in detail, each of my experiences from what was essentially four days and three nights in an unfamiliar landscape.

In this post, I’ll simply share a few photos from some of the main highlights, in order to whet your appetite.

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