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Coaley Peak Walk

Sunday 11th September 2016

September would become a month in which I was quite busy and frequently attending walks (and other events) hosted by Brunel Walking Group.

On this occasion, I joined a walk destined for the Cotswolds. No more than ten-miles in length; exploring an area close to Stroud that I’d not previously visited.

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Exmoor Walk – YouTube Video

Some of you may have already seen this but, for those who have not; I did also create a video of the Exmoor walk I have just previously written about.

I tried to do something a little different here, by including short snippets of narration. Also, I felt as though it might be convenient to use several shorter audio tracks, where I would previously struggle to find one track of the perfect length for the entire video… I have a lot of respect for video editors who work the other way in editing their footage to suit the music they’ve selected!

All constructive feedback on these elements and the video overall are always going to be appreciated so that I can learn and apply changes and different ideas to future videos.

I hope you do enjoy this one and subscribe if you haven’t already done so. I’ve taken an unplanned break from video editing recently and that’s partly to do with the frustration of doing everything on a £300 laptop that is now six-years old… I think I’d be better off with a desktop PC in the long run (my laptop is always desk-bound, anyway).

Thanks for reading and for watching.

Part 2: Dunkery Beacon to Horner – Exmoor

Sunday 28th August 2016

From Dunkery Beacon, you gain some of the best panoramic views in all of the Westcountry. It’s quite natural, considering it is Somerset’s highest point.

I’m not familiar with Dartmoor but a nearby topograph suggests that you can see all the way south to Yes Tor. Better still, you cannot see the eyesore of Hinkley Point or its hugely controversial ‘C’ addendum.

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Part 1: Horner to Dunkery Beacon – Exmoor

Sunday 28th August 2016

I’m finally able to sit down and write up my final walk from the month of August.

It was also my first walk on Exmoor (excluding the coast path) for more than a year.

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Ludlow Castle

Thursday 25th August 2016

It was raining lightly by the time I arrived at the entrance to Ludlow Castle. I can’t remember whether or not I was expecting a ruin of a building to offer some form of shelter but I know I wasn’t prepared to pass on the opportunity to visit and explore.

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Exploring Ludlow

Thursday 25th August 2016

Following my final night in Shropshire, I awoke early the next morning to a cold and damp environment. Outside of my tent, I could see little but grey cloud all around. Much of hilly landscape has disappeared overnight.

I had hope to be able to do a final walk up to Brown Clee Hill – I even drove out to the start of the walk after packing away my gear. But, the conditions were only here to stay. I didn’t fancy getting wet feet or an exerting climb up to a hilltop without views.

So, several hours ahead of schedule, I paid a visit to the Medieval town of Ludlow.

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Wroxeter Roman City

Wednesday 24th August 2016

During my time in Shropshire, I felt an urge to do and see as much as possible, within the four-nights and five-days of my stay.

Having walked around and explored Carding Mill Valley and the Long Mynd (see my previous two posts), I then drove north – away from the camp site – to explore an attraction that is currently maintained by English Heritage.

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Long Mynd and Carding Mill Valley (Part 2)

Wednesday 24th August 2016

Having arrived at Lightspout waterfall, I now faced two options in continuing this walk…

I could retrace my way along the rocky route and continue up Mort’s Road to the hilltops. Or, I could tackle an immediate scramble up beside the waterfall…

Either way, I was destined for the summit of the Long Mynd.

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