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Chew Valley Waterfall Walk

Sunday 1st January 2017

My first walk of the year began at the western edge of Chew Valley Lake, where car parking is free and small numbers flock to admire and throw bread at the native birds.

I arrived here in search of an elusive waterfall… Many miles far from the Brecon Beacons! Hoping to find a trig point along the way.

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New Year’s Eve on Glastonbury Tor

Saturday 31st December 2016 / Sunday 1st January 2017

To close 2015, Brunel Walking Group headed up to the summit of Pen Y Fan in the Brecon Beacons. By all accounts, it was a dry but chilly time.

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A similar plan was in place for the final day of 2016. But, this idea was hampered by a deterring weather forecast across South Wales. An alternative arrangement was made to climb Glastonbury Tor instead.

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To Walk the Ridgeway

Sometime last year, I developed an interest in walking some of Britain’s National Trails and long-distance paths.

Initially, I felt inspired to walk the Camino de Santiago but that interest has since waned… Partly because of its ever-increasing popularity; partly because of my own feelings of intimidation towards the idea of a foreign adventure.

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Taking time to complete a long walk in Britain should be cheaper, easier to access, less likely to encounter language barrier issues and it may even be good for the economy. I’ve decided to kick it off by walking The Ridgeway.

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Mendip Hills – December 2016

Friday 30th December 2016

This would be my final proper walk for 2016 and I’d decided to keep it as a local one.

I headed for the Burrington Ham car park towards the top of Burrington Combe and, with an early start close to 9am, I was soon heading off, over the road to cross Black Down.

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Exploring Bredon Hill (Part 2)

Wednesday 28th December 2016

With one ascent already behind me on this walk, I knew that I still had some climbing to do before I would reach the desired summit of Bredon Hill.

Having lost height en route to the village of Bredon’s Norton, that time was about to come.

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Exploring Bredon Hill (Part 1)

Wednesday 28th December 2016

Last night, I sat down at my computer to begin writing this walk. While in the process of editing and re-arranging my selection of photos, I managed to somehow ‘lose’ said photos (possibly with a keyboard shortcut). They weren’t anywhere to be found; not even in the Recycle Bin.

I hadn’t already uploaded them to Facebook either. My one saving grace was that they were on Instagram – it took about half an hour taking many screenshots, cropping each image and then uploading them from my phone but, I now feel confident in being able to begin writing and I hope the effort is appreciated.

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Spending: September to December 2016

Across the final three months of 2016, I embarked on a ‘spending spree’ of sorts to upgrade a few key areas of my existing range of walk-related clothing.

In this post, I’ll summarise everything I purchased along with a brief explanation as to why.

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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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