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Cranborne Chase Weekend

As quickly as this past weekend came and went, I now find that almost three whole days have passed since I arrived home.

Cranborne Chase – for those who don’t know (just as I didn’t) – is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in North Dorset, very close to the border with Wiltshire. Salisbury lies to the north with the New Forest and Hampshire to the east.

This was a camping and walking weekend organised by two members of Brunel Walking Group and my second of the year.

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Olly Outdoors

It’s been too long since I last posted here and I apologise for that.

A private e-mail received this week from a long-time reader and subscriber has prompted me to make a more notable announcement of the fact that I now have a second blog, dedicated to my walking and hiking adventures.

This was something I was hesitating over the other month and hence, why these pages have been so… Stale? I do intend to keep blogging about woodwork, DIY, baking and the rest, here on Olly Writes. But right now, I haven’t had much of that going on (or, I’ve yet to finish many of the things already started).

Olly Outdoors

To further compliment Olly Outdoors, I have a second YouTube channel (please subscribe) and also a dedicated Facebook Page, which I’m using almost as a form of micro-blogging. I intend to do the same with my Olly Writes page.

Olly Outdoors:

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Olly Writes:

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As always, thanks for reading and for your patience!

A Day in Gloucester

Saturday 21st January 2017

My first ever visit to Gloucester was in January 2012 and my immediate reaction upon meeting this city was of shock; despite being in the heart of the Cotswolds, it was nothing at all like the many idyllic villages that inhabit the hills.

Several repeat visits were made that year before an avoidance spanning five-years… Until this year, when I made a long-awaited return in the company of two friends.

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What’s in my Backpack? (Winter Hiking – Osprey Manta AG 28)

How much and how many items do you carry in your backpack,

when preparing for a day of hiking?

I’ve seen other YouTubers release ‘What’s in my pack?’-style videos and have decided to create one of my own, centred around winter hill walks and hiking. I also thought this kind of upload might be good for my still-new-but-slowly-growing channel.

It’s also an opportunity to highlight a few features of the Osprey Manta AG 28 backpack that I purchased in June, without doing a run-of-the-mill review-style video.

Audio isn’t great and my camera is partly to blame (hoping to upgrade/replace that, later this year) and I perhaps made the mistake of trying to hide or disguise the camera noise with music… Some will like it; some won’t. In hindsight, I could’ve recorded the audio on my phone and worked through painfully synchronising it with the video footage. But for the weather outside, I could’ve also recorded it in a more appealing location than my own bedroom.

I hope that people find it interesting. Constructive feedback is always welcome. I also aim to release a similar video over the summer so that we (and I) can compare. I’ve also started to create my own thumbnail images to accompany my videos.

Disclaimer: I live in North Somerset and mostly walk ten-to-twelve miles at a time, during winter. Most conditions and landscapes, except for mountains. My arrangements may not suit everyone.

Link to my channel: Olly Outdoors

Thanks for watching and reading.

Wellow, Wellow

Sunday 15th January 2017

One day after an orienteering exercise at Ashton Court in Bristol, there was an off-the-book-but-on-Facebook walk organised that I was invited to join.

It would begin in the village of Wellow, a few miles south of Bath… You’re possibly already familiar with that name because I’d been pre-walking routes in the same area!

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Kingscote and Nailsworth Walk

Sunday 8th January 2017

One day after a mist and mud experience on the Somerset Levels, I drove north for a walk in the Cotswolds with an urbanised beginning.

This route is available in Walk West Again; created by Geoff Mullett and free to download from this site.

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#walk1000miles – February 2017

I know that February is always going to be the shortest month of a year but I had to do a double-take at my watch when I read the date.

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Already, March is here! Where did the first two months of the year go?

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Burrow Mump Walk

Saturday 7th January 2017

It’s interesting that I come to write about this walk in this moment, as I’m contemplating a return to the same area this coming weekend, with a few added miles.

Burrow Mump is best-known for its iconic church ruin atop the mound. South-east of Bridgwater but deep within the Somerset Levels.

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