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I’ve Been Spending

With the summer just ahead and a lot of plans for walking along with a few short camping trips, I’ve recently been depleting my bank account in anticipation of the good times and adventures to come.

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Bristol Walking Festival

This year’s Bristol Walking Festival is already under way and will continue up until the end of May. With many events and a variety of walks happening all through each week, it’s a great opportunity for Bristolians to get out, get walking, to explore a part of the city (or surrounding countryside) and perhaps learn something new, whilst sharing with a group of other people. Most events are free, with walks ranging from as brief as one-mile to anything over ten.

On Sunday, I made my first outing to one of these events – which was conveniently hosted by my own walking group (Brunel 20s and 30s) and aptly titled the ‘Mendips Wellbeing Walk‘. Read more of this post

The #Walk500 Challenge

There are a couple of walking-related events I would like to share with you this week and I’m going to kick-off by letting you know about the #Walk 500 challenge.

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Kick-Ass Films

It was about a week ago that I returned the two rented DVDs that I’m going to write about briefly this evening.

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My First Pie

This takes us back to around the time of my birthday, which was already just over a month ago. I’ve had my share of Pukka Pies and I’ll occasionally try one when out for a pub meal. But with many cakes, a few casseroles and the odd shepherd’s pie already under my belt, I decided to have a go at a more traditional pie with a bit of pastry on top.

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Cheddar Gorge

Before I go on writing about food I probably prepared many weeks ago now, I’ve decided to sit here and write about a group walk I attended last Sunday. This current three-day weekend’s been filled with uncertainty, as dark clouds continue to loom overhead so, I’m not at all confident I’ll be able to get a walk in before returning to that horrible regular routine that deprives you of both freedom and morality…

This was in fact my third consecutive walk with the group and it’s been almost a year since I was last able to say that. A few familiar faces were met along the way. I’d been to Cheddar Gorge many times since 2012 already but I felt it might make a welcome change to be a bit sociable and rediscover it with a group of others; to see where and in which direction someone else may lead.

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Tintern and Beyond

It’s time to write about a group walk I joined over a week ago now. This was the day after walking (at least) fourteen miles up and down the North Somerset coastline between Clevedon and Portishead.

For many, I’m sure, that would warrant a rest day (as typical Sundays surely are for some). But to me, I’m in training for a few long-distance charity walks over the summer and I’d been meaning to visit Tintern Abbey for a good couple of years now.

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Coastal Walk – Clevedon to Portishead

With the summer fast approaching, I frequently think back to last July, when I walked along a stretch of the Jurassic Coast further south in Dorset. I have plans to do a little more coastal walking this year (along with further camping expeditions) and as somewhat of a ‘warm-up’, I met up with a friend in Clevedon (a local town for me) and we set off on a linear route towards Portishead.

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