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A Priddy Good Walk

Sunday marked the fourth walk that I have lead this year and I have hopes for leading a fifth before 2016 passes… Even though, I’ve yet to decide which one I’m definitely going to submit.

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Sadly, I didn’t take any photos from the day but the ones you’ll see in this post are from another Priddy pre-walk to finalise the final portion of this walk, from Friday evening.

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Pre-Walking in Priddy

It’s almost time for me to lead another walk with the local Ramblers group, which will be my fourth of the year. Currently, I’m set to lead the group across a section of the Mendip Hills in a nine-mile loop that begins and ends in Priddy.

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While the walk itself is mostly flat, level and even downhill at times; the final quarter is going to be an unavoidable steep ascent. In the process of pre-walking and finalising this route, I’m trying a variation of footpaths to see if any route is ‘less intensive’ than the others…

On Friday afternoon, I noticed a couple of curious things.

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A Walk Around Priddy – June 2016 (Part 2)

Sunday 26th June 2016

Having spent some time at Westbury Beacon – my first visit to this area – and taken many photos, it was time to turn eastwards and find somewhere to rest for lunch.

But it wasn’t simply a case of taking a direct route, with a line of private fields ahead of me and some road walking to follow, before I would reach my next convenient footpath.

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Mendip Challenge 2016: 30 Mile Route

This is the first post in a series of three that will document the route of the Mercury Mendip Challenge.

In this post, I’ll share only the first ten-miles of the full-distance challenge. It’s worth noting that this section is commonly regarded as being the most challenging and is exclusive to the thirty-mile walk.

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A Priddy Wet Walk

Sunday 26th July 2015

In spite of the rain that continued to fall throughout most of yesterday, I managed to attend and lead my third walk of the year.

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Taken from the viewpoint at Ebbor Gorge.

This means that, as far as the walk-leading rewards scheme goes, I’m guaranteed a £10 voucher, just in time for Christmas!

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Wet Mendip Way

Sunday 31st May 2015

It’s now been two-weeks since I completed my second Mendip Challenge, the full thirty-miles of the West Mendip Way and it’s safe to say that my legs have fully recovered.

My aim for this year was simply to complete the same distance, albeit with a little more confidence and less loss of direction along the way. I’d have been happy to have shaved fifteen-minutes from last year’s time. As our two coaches left Uphill for the centre of Wells and a 7.45am start, the grey skies were there to suggest that this wouldn’t be the best day for rushing about.

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Priddy

Twenty-four hours ago, from the point at which I begin to write this post; we were packing up our camping gear and heading back to the car after a wonderful Bank Holiday weekend in Wales.

That’s all to come in posts to follow later this week. Right now, I feel a need to bring you up to speed on the first of two walks from the previous weekend.

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West Mendip Win!

Waking up earlier this morning, I felt as though I could relate to how Pinnochio must’ve felt before he became a real boy. After walking 30 miles across the Mendip Hills yesterday, I certainly feel as though I now need someone to bend my legs for me!

After 30 miles and 4 or 5 significant hills, I’m not going to stand up for anyone taking the photo, even my best friend! 😉

It was the one I’d been working up to with my other walks; the ultimate Mendip Challenge.

I’m very pleased to be able to say that, after a 7.55am start in Wells, I arrived at the finishing point in Uphill for 18.30. I was hoping to finish around 19.00; giving me an hour to spare before the checkpoint closed so, factoring in a single 20 minute lunch break (plus a handful of other brief stops), I’m very proud of and impressed with my time. I’ve suffered a bout of sunburn (it was cloudy when we set off…) and my shoulders ache from carrying probably 30kg of liquid (4lt – not necessary with so many checkpoints) but it feels good.

If you’ve ever considered tackling this one yourself, I can assure you that the first 10 miles (apparently equating to 13 miles by another walker’s GPS) are by far the worst. Then again, we had a coach driver who did anything but instil confidence with his abilities but that really is another story for a different day!! We all arrived and set off in one piece.

Looking at the bibs of other people (including the runners… Crazy people!!), I noticed numbers tallying close to 700. On average, Weston Hospicecar gains around £50,000 for this event each year. I’m quite certain they’ll be close to that average again this year.

My medal! 🙂

Leading up to this event, I’d felt concerned that I could spend too much time walking alone after one of my friend’s dropped down to the 20 mile stage and that, ultimately, I might ‘hit the wall’ at some point because of this. I’m quite accustomed now to walking reasonably long distances solo but this was always going to be a greater stretch. Instead, I feel fantastic for having conquered it (without taking any shortcuts) and I found a simple joy in walking along with both everyone and absolutely no-one at the same time…

I would catch up with different groups of people at various points. Some would overtake me as I stopped for lunch, only for me to leap-frog them again a bit further on (I was quite determined to get beyond Crook Peak ASAP). Each time, I could meet with different people and freely move on. It was enjoyable, yet somehow different to walking with the Ramblers, where there is always one leader; one head of authority and a constant need to attend to the tail-end of the queue. Plus, the checkpoints with free rehydration and sweets were very welcome!

I’d like to close by saying thank you to the Hospice charity for organising this event. I’ll almost certainly be doing it again next year. Also, a huge congratulations to every person who took part. Whether you did 5 miles or more than 5-times that. Very well done indeed!! 🙂

(Photos and hopefully some video will follow.)

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