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Leading on the Quantocks – October 2016

Saturday 29th October 2016

This walk was originally scheduled to take place seven-days earlier.

But, the symptoms of a bad cold began to develop within me between Wednesday and Thursday, leaving me feel quite weak, occasionally dizzy and physically less capable of leading a group up and over the Quantock Hills.

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Exmoor Walk – YouTube Video

Some of you may have already seen this but, for those who have not; I did also create a video of the Exmoor walk I have just previously written about.

I tried to do something a little different here, by including short snippets of narration. Also, I felt as though it might be convenient to use several shorter audio tracks, where I would previously struggle to find one track of the perfect length for the entire video… I have a lot of respect for video editors who work the other way in editing their footage to suit the music they’ve selected!

All constructive feedback on these elements and the video overall are always going to be appreciated so that I can learn and apply changes and different ideas to future videos.

I hope you do enjoy this one and subscribe if you haven’t already done so. I’ve taken an unplanned break from video editing recently and that’s partly to do with the frustration of doing everything on a £300 laptop that is now six-years old… I think I’d be better off with a desktop PC in the long run (my laptop is always desk-bound, anyway).

Thanks for reading and for watching.

Part 2: Dunkery Beacon to Horner – Exmoor

Sunday 28th August 2016

From Dunkery Beacon, you gain some of the best panoramic views in all of the Westcountry. It’s quite natural, considering it is Somerset’s highest point.

I’m not familiar with Dartmoor but a nearby topograph suggests that you can see all the way south to Yes Tor. Better still, you cannot see the eyesore of Hinkley Point or its hugely controversial ‘C’ addendum.

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Part 1: Horner to Dunkery Beacon – Exmoor

Sunday 28th August 2016

I’m finally able to sit down and write up my final walk from the month of August.

It was also my first walk on Exmoor (excluding the coast path) for more than a year.

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Blue Anchor to Porlock Weir (Part 1)

Sunday 29th May 2016

We approached this walk with a slight feeling of sadness, as it will be the penultimate walk in our challenge to walk the Somerset Coast Path in its entirety.

Setting off from one of the many free parking bays beside the seafront of Blue Anchor, we were destined for a finish at Porlock Weir.

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Minehead and the SWCP (Part 2)

Sunday 20th December 2015

Continuing on from the tail-end of Part 1, where I’d stopped for lunch beside the sea in Minehead; I was now ready to my most local stretch of the South West Coast Path for the very first time.

Selworthy, with my parked car, was the ultimate destination. My only other aim from here on was to experience it, without any certainty as to what may or may not lie ahead.

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Selworthy to Minehead (Part 1)

Sunday 20th December 2015

It was one-day before the official Winter Solstice date and, with work otherwise interfering, this was best chance of repeating the feat of a long walk, like a did across the Mendips, one year earlier.

I felt inspired to head further south and deeper in to Somerset. Having been to the Quantocks only weeks earlier, I felt compelled to head further west to Selworthy (just past Minehead) and tackle a walk I had intended to do back in June, which involves a few miles of the South West Coast Path.

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Winter Solstice Walk

Those of you who follow my Facebook Page may’ve already seen this and the same applies to anyone following me on Twitter or directly on YouTube. I didn’t have time to write about this seven-days ago but I have produced a video from my Winter Solstice walk down in West Somerset.

It began in the village, of Selworthy, just west of Minehead and headed east to join the South West Coast Path at its start point, before a westward return, taking in Selworthy Beacon ahead of the end.

This is a route I devised for myself back in June, when I went camping in the heart of Exmoor. Due to an even mix of time, energy and weather, I wasn’t able to attempt it after sixteen-miles of the Perambulation challenge. So, I decided to do it last Sunday.

This video’s a little less slideshow-ish than my others and is partly inspired by Wiltshire Man and some of his videos. I’ve tried to make it a little more ‘involved’, maybe even engaging and I welcome all feedback in the mean time.

I’ll also be completing a written post to complement this walk, in time.

Thanks for reading and for watching.

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