Olly Writes

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Visiting The Bog

Monday 22nd August 2016

Few walks are complete without some kind of a beverage and a means of winding down, even before settling in for the night, wherever that may be.

Seldom, do I ever make such stops while walking alone. With a group or even one other person, it is often seen as a necessity. With my first walk in Shropshire complete, I decided to pay a visit to The Bog, before tucking in to my tent for the evening.

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Stiperstones Walk (Part 2)

Monday 22nd August 2016

Having already explored the National Nature Reserve in Part 1, I would’ve now been beyond halfway along the intended route of my walk around Stiperstones.

From here, I continued along the Shropshire Way, south towards Nipstone Rock.

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Stiperstones Walk (Part 1)

Monday 22nd August 2016

I awoke from the tent on my first morning in Shropshire. It was a Monday unlike too many others.

There was just one question on my mind – What to do? – as rainfall had been forecast for this day. On the one hand, I had a good excuse to go and be a tourist for the day… On the other, I was eager to get my first walk in on the Shropshire Hills.

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Powis Castle and Garden

Sunday 21st August 2016

It was the day of my arrival in Shropshire, ahead of a four-night stay at a campsite towards the south of the region. My SatNav had been destined for an afternoon of tent pitching, from the moment I left home.

But, as I approached the town of Bishop’s Castle and saw signs for Welshpool, I decided continue driving north and soon reset my SatNav accordingly, en route to a National Trust stop at Powis Castle.

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Shropshire Highlights Video

Many of you may not be aware that I now have a second YouTube channel (Olly Writes), where I intend to post more predominantly about walking and hiking. This leaves my ‘main’ channel (Olly Parry-Jones) free to focus on woodworking and DIY.

My latest upload to this new channel is a highlights ‘reel’ of photos and footage from my recent trip to Shropshire. I intend to release two further videos on Shropshire, showcasing each of the two walks I completed (both of which, get a brief mention in this new video).

All feedback is welcome and, as I currently have only eleven subscribers at the time of writing, I would also be grateful to anyone with a Google account who can click on the ‘Subscribe’ button.

One thought I had – quite soon after uploading, as well – was that I could experiment with using several shorter music tracks instead of trying to find one that fits my created timeline.

Currently, I’m working on a video of a recent walk on Exmoor, that could be uploaded within days. Beyond that, I’d like to be in a position to upload videos to this new channel quite frequently (walking videos are much easier to cut and edit than my others) and I’d like to also look at some of the equipment I use and experiment with my halogen oven, in good time.

Thanks for reading (and watching).

Franchis Holidays – July 2016

This is the final instalment in my ongoing write-up of everything I did in Cornwall, almost two-months ago. Posts about August’s visit to Shropshire will begin soon.


Here, I’m going to ‘review’ the camp site I stayed at – Franchis Holidays, near Mullion.

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#Walk1000Miles – August 2016

August arrived and then, seemed to depart so very suddenly. At first, it was as if the remnants of a typical summer had run away with it… More recently, temperatures have almost begun to rise again and we live in hope of what is often referred to as an Indian Summer.


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Malvern Hills – July 2016 (Part 2)

Sunday 31st July 2016

At the end of Part 1, I’d reached what was effectively the ‘pinnacle’ in my sixteen-mile loop around the Malvern Hills.

Now, at a road bend between Upper and Lower Wyche, I was preparing for a triumphant return along the tops of hills I had yet to discover.

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