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Autumn on the Mendips?

My blog’s not as busy as it has been in the past but I do expect that to improve over the winter. Behind the scenes (as it were); there are lots of little things going on and I do have one or two big, half-expected announcements to make between now and Christmas… All in good time. My blog will always continue, even if the content happens to vary. Likewise, with my other social networks and of course, my YouTube channel; I will endeavour to keep them all alive.

Searching for autumn up on the Mendip Hills

I took some overdue time off work this week. My initial plan was to get out and to do lots of walking (it’s good for the mind and body) but with a consistent downpour until Wednesday, I felt defeated but eventually got around to assessing a couple of areas and making some tough decisions. Anyway, on Tuesday afternoon and in spite of the grey clouds overheard I thought, ‘Sod it!’, donned my waterproofs, grabbed my bag and went off for a short afternoon walk.

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A Combe and Castle Walk

This is my walk from last Sunday; seven-days on from the experience of leading the walking group for the very first time (I still intend to write about that but I don’t have many photos with which to spread it out). It was a walk alone, as the group walk, as the group walk on that day didn’t particular interest me (ironically, there are now three to choose from for tomorrow). It’s one that I discovered a few weeks back in one of two eBooks I purchased from Geoff Mullett’s Walk West series (these are recommend by the organisers behind the walking group).

I would’ve preferred a hardback copy (you can occasionally spot older editions on eBay although, the eBooks are MUCH cheaper) but the printed sheets worked fine (provided I kept them in order) and even with a simple sketch of a map, I was able to navigate my way around the route without getting too lost.

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Monday-on-Sea

Yesterday was quite an exciting time for me, as I led a group of 20 other people on an 8-mile ramble around the hills of Bath. It was the first time I’d led the walking group and I have many positives to take from the whole experience. I’ll tell you about it another time because today, I’m going to reflect back one week to another brief outdoor adventure, with the day booked off work.

The beach at Burnham-on-Sea in Somerset.

I took a 30-minute journey south to Burnham-on-Sea and it was mainly for sentimental reasons that are too personal to disclose on this blog. It was the first time I’d visited the seaside-town since a school trip two-decades ago and I’d been curious about revisiting the area for sometime. My return bought back a few memories and more positives to take from the day away from home.

All of the photos here were taken with my Nikon S8200 camera but some have been ‘enhanced’ through the power of Instagram.

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A Prior Engagement

This weekend, the National Trust are opening many of their doors around the country for free to the general public. If you read this in time and you’re interested in visiting a property, a recommend you have a read through this link and their terms and also, you need to print out a voucher to hand in upon your arrival.

I tried to participate in this a year ago but on the Sunday, when I went to Bath to meet up with a friend for the day… Upon my arrival though, it started hailstoning and the skies were anything but clear! That put paid to our plans to spend a little time outdoors and so, we ended exploring some of the city’s interiors (meaning an art gallery, a cafe, pub and restaurant).

The Georgian City of Bath, south-west UK.

So, this weekend has been desired for a very long time and, with clear skies and sunshine forecast for Saturday (today), I arranged plans with another friend to achieve the day I was hoping for a year ago.

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A Priddy Good Day

Today, I took myself out for a walk. There wasn’t much activity going on in the walking group (well, they had a training day for anyone interested in learning to lead a walk) and a couple of my friends were either ill or busy. So, I headed out alone. Priddy was an area of the Mendips that I hadn’t previously explored and there was one walk in my book (Three Priddy Droves) that had been on my to-do list for a while. Completing this one would mean that I had essentially ‘completed’ each of the 8 Wild Walks Across the Mendip Hills.

Before we go any further, I’d like you to take a look at the map below.

‘Three Priddy Droves’ – a 4.5 mile walk around the Mendip Hills in Somerset, UK.

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Walking Backwards

If I’m going to make a better effort to include some of my other interests on this blog then, I may as well start by giving you a glimpse in to some of the walks I went on and places I visited in 2012. There’s a basic ‘list’ of twelve in the slideshow below (enough to inspire someone to visit one a month) but there are several more I’ve not included here. I don’t intend to go back, digging through all my photos to write about each of these in the past tense. However, I do expect to revisit many of these sites (and more) in 2013 so, I’m sure you’ll get to read more of them in the future, if not now. 🙂

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Please feel free to ask me any questions you might have about these places. Most offer free parking facilities nearby; others may be run by the National Trust or a similar organisation. I’d quite like to go back and shoot some (brief) video footage of some of these places and I do wish I’d thought of that ahead of my birthday walk this past weekend.

I’d also like to send a reminder to all woodworkers near Somerset in the UK that Yandles’ annual Spring Woodworking Show takes places this weekend, on both Friday and Saturday. I’m planning to make my way down there on Friday afternoon and, if I can remember to grab my camera, I’ll take some photos of my own and perhaps also some video footage of various demonstrations (it’s usually very busy and crowded though).

Thank you. 🙂

Birthday Ramble

I did say at the start of this year that I’d be making more of an effort to update this blog with more ‘generalised’ content from my life in order to fill the voids where I’m unable to spend much time in the workshop. Today presents to the perfect opportunity to tell you about a walk I’ve been on with friends. Not only has this been Easter Sunday but it’s also been a day of celebration for my 28th birthday!

View of Cheddar from Pavey’s Lookout Tower.

I think that I’ll spend some time this evening simply writing about the walk and the day itself. Presents, gifts and cards can come in another post tomorrow, or else this post could easily end up twice its length!

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