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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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Video: My First Walk in the Black Mountains

I’m about to begin writing up a memorable walk from the middle of December. It was my first time exploring the Black Mountains in Wales, having already visited the (central) Brecon Beacons three times along with a few walks in the Wye Valley.

If you’re interested in watching my seven-minute video beforehand, you’ll find it below. I’m slightly disappointed (and surprised, actually) that it hasn’t received more views. Some of you may have already seen it but I’m quite certain many of you haven’t.

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Quantock Hills Walk – October 2016

Sunday 2nd October 2016

Barely two-months from the end of the year and I was keen to get another walk submitted to Brunel, so that I could reach another personal goal of having led five walks in 2016. A feat I had not achieved since 2014.

There were many locations I could’ve chosen and a few ‘difficult’ pre-walks along the way… Once again, I found myself returning to the familiar Quantock Hills.

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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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My Second Home

Having already led three walks for the local walking group this year, I’m determined now to make it up to five before the year’s out. I’ve known for a while that I want to make No.4 an exploration of the Quantocks (which is fast becoming a second home to me, not too far south from the Mendips) but to try and fit it all in to one walk would be extensive… So, I’ll more than likely include a second walk for people to discover the southern parts of the hills.

Cairn at the top of Woodlands Hill – the Quantocks, Somerset.

Yesterday, after a fortnight’s worth of evenings planning and tinkering with the route, it was time to pre-walk it.

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