Walk • Trek • Travel
A photographic record and journal of our walking, trekking and travelling adventures.
Eminönü - Kadıköy - Çamlıca
Eminönü - Kadıköy - Çamlıca

Saturday, 22 January 2022

Snow! Overnight it has snowed! We could see a thin white blanket of snow across the rooftops from our hotel window. Having written our postcards yesterday, we were keen to post them today, but we needed to find some stamps and a post box or a Post Office.

Istanbul Sultanahmet Old City
Istanbul Sultanahmet Old City

Friday, 21 January 2022

Our plan for today was to explore the Sultanahmet area and visit the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque. We also wanted to buy some postcards and find a post office. The hotel was only a short walk away from the large square where the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque are located, so it didn't take long to get there.

Arriving in Istanbul
Arriving in Istanbul

Thursday, 20 January 2022

After a full day exploring a new part of London, we took the coach to Stansted. We were on the last flight out and heading to Istanbul. The plan was to sleep on the flight, but that was just not possible. By the time we reached Istanbul and cleared passport control, it was eight-thirty local time, and we had not slept for twenty-one hours.

The Abandoned Village of Imber
The Abandoned Village of Imber

Sunday, 02 January 2022

Susan and I visited the abandoned village of Imber on one of the few days it was open to the public, and we still got busted by MoD Security!

German Village in Salisbury Plain
German Village in Salisbury Plain

Saturday, 01 January 2022

Sitting in Bianca, our Bongo campervan, I studied the OS map for nearby footpaths hoping to put together our first walk for the New Year, when I noticed a village on the map with no name.

Porto to Matosinhos
Porto to Matosinhos

Wednesday, 27 October 2021

After a few days in Porto, it was time to move on. We decided to explore more of Porto before dropping down to the Douro River and out to the coast, where the Douro River flows into the Atlantic Ocean.

Porto to São Pedro da Afurada
Porto to São Pedro da Afurada

Tuesday, 26 October 2021

There are numerous travel guides and blogs out there that will tell you, in more detail than I care to do here, about the history and traditions of the picturesque "undefeated" City of Porto. It is a beautiful city and well worth a visit if you ever get the chance. This blog post is simply a record of our walk from Porto to the small fishing village of São Pedro da Afurada located on the Vila Nova de Gaia side of the Douro River.

Brightlingsea Circular
Brightlingsea Circular

Sunday, 02 May 2021

We could see across the River Colne to Brightlingsea on a previous walk around Mersea and were intrigued by our companions' lack of enthusiasm for the town. We thought we would go and check it out with a bit of a walk around Brightlingsea Marsh National Nature Reserve.

Monsal Trail – Millers Dale – Tideswell Dale
Monsal Trail – Millers Dale – Tideswell Dale

Sunday, 04 October 2020

After the thorough soaking we received yesterday we expected nothing less than the same today. Heavy rain had fallen during the night, but by morning the clouds had lifted, and there were signs of hope. We did our best to dry the few items left that could be dried and gave up on the rest. Beech Croft Farm was a good site with some excellent facilities, but after our summer in France and Germany, we had come to resent the £23 price tag. Luckily, we had already paid when we had made our original booking earlier in the year and before our summer trip.

Chrome Hill & Parkhouse Hill
Chrome Hill & Parkhouse Hill

Saturday, 03 October 2020

We knew as the weekend approached, that the weather was going to be wet and windy. The summer had been so fantastic that the idea of walking in the rain seemed strange and somewhat disconcerting. Our friend had arranged the walk, and as the weekend approached, she had highlighted the fact that one of the hills on the walk, Parkhouse Hill, was incredibly steep and slippy even in the dry. Our friend recommended an alternative walk, but the rest of the group opted to stick with the planned route. “It’s the peak district,” I thought. “How bad can it be?”

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