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Hinton Blewett and Litton Walk

Monday 26th December 2016

Boxing Day and this walk is set only a few miles south of Chew Valley Lake but on land that seems to be largely unknown to the masses.

It begins in Hinton Blewett and you can find the route I followed on the Mendip Hills website.

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Draycott Sleights

Saturday 24th December 2016

Christmas Eve and officially the start of my ten-day break from the ‘necessary’ routine of work.

Of course, I was going to spend the day outdoors and I settled upon the idea of starting in Priddy and heading west to revisit Draycott Sleights Nature Reserve.

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Blagdon Walk – December 2016

Tuesday 20th December 2016

Each time I entertain the thought of doing a walk that includes the village of Blagdon and its lake, I find myself tracing out a mostly familiar route and often starting from the same car park as before.

While the car park/start point would remain unchanged, on this occasion, I decided to venture a little further from the known paths.

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Wellow Walk – December 2016

Sunday 18th December 2016

Wellow. A North East Somerset village that I seem to be visiting quite frequently. Before writing this post, I’ve already returned once this year and have plans to revisit the area on a group walk next month.

Post-My Black Mountains Triumph, this was a point where I saw an opportunity to cram in the miles and possibly get very close to the one-thousand miles mark. But primarily, this was going to be a pre-walk in order to investigate a few different footpaths and hopefully confirm a complete circuit for February.

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‘The Cat’s Back’ (Part 2)

Saturday 17th December 2016

In Part 1, I had reached the summit of Hay Bluff, with its trig point imprinted with the image of the Welsh Dragon.

It was slightly too soon for me to stop for lunch and I was looking to rejoin the Offa’s Dyke Path heading south, before a descending to cross the Olchon Valley.

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‘The Cat’s Back’ (Part 1)

Saturday 17th December 2016

This was to be my first ever walk in the Black Mountains. I’d already postponed it by seven-days due to a poor weather forecast and, while a clear sky was not predicted for this occasion, had faith that it would remain dry.

It took just over ninety-minutes for me to cross the River Severn and arrive at the picnic site on the foot of Black Hill… Which is officially classed as being on the English side of the border.

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Keynsham to Pensford

Monday 5th December 2016

So, there was no marker, monument or statue to denote the end of the Two Rivers Way… I’d read in advanced that it finishes at the A4 Bristol-to-Bath road, where the Community Forest Path (about fifty miles) begins.

More pressingly, I needed to get back to my car and I was a good couple of hours away with some ‘urbanised’ walking to follow immediately.

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Pensford to Keynsham (2 Rivers Way)

Monday 5th December 2016

This was a walk that I had hoped to do a fortnight earlier, but for a surge in heavy rainfall and extreme flooding in some parts of North Somerset and BaNES.

In completing a walk between Pensford and Keynsham, I would then be able to say that I had walked the entire duration of the 2 Rivers Way long-distance footpath.

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