Walk • Trek • Travel
A photographic record and journal of our walking, trekking and travelling adventures.
Pembrokeshire Coast Path Video
Pembrokeshire Coast Path Video

Sunday, 04 November 2018

In August 2018, Susan and I spent two weeks walking the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. We have created this short video to summarise our trip to this fantastic area of Wales.

Viros Gorge Greece
Viros Gorge Greece

Saturday, 28 April 2018

We left Kardamilli on Easter Saturday after a lovely stay at the Paradeisos Guest House with our red Easter Eggs and our Easter biscuits so kindly given to us by the lovely owners. We walked along the coast path into town where we joined the footpath up to Exochori. The first thing we realised was that the local transport may not be very reliable and that walking may well be the best option despite the local drivers. We headed off up the path, at first it was quite overgrown and felt like no-one had walked up here for a long time. The route markers were pretty easy to…

Gear Review – 5 Days Backpacking the Isle of Wight Coast Path
Gear Review – 5 Days Backpacking the Isle of Wight Coast Path

Saturday, 02 September 2017

Last month, Susan and I hiked the 65 Mile long Isle of Wight Coast Path over five days and four nights. We camped on three of the nights and stayed in a hotel for one after an equipment failure. We carried everything we needed with us and only purchased food along the trail. In this post, I am going to briefly summarise what worked and what didn’t and provide some feedback on what we thought about our gear and equipment. Shelter MSR Elixir 2 Person Tent (2015 Model) I bought this tent in 2015 and paid around £160 for it which included the additional footprint. It is a little heavy…

Stour Valley Walk – Canterbury to Sandwich
Stour Valley Walk – Canterbury to Sandwich

Monday, 28 August 2017

Ileft the Kipps hostel at around 8:00 am. The sun was already shining and it looked like it was going to be another very hot day. With another 20 miles to go to get to Sandwich, I had made sure my water bottle was full but in my rush to leave early I forgot to take my malt loaf from the fridge in the kitchen. Day Three – Canterbury to Sandwich (20 Miles) The Stour Valley Walk is a long distance path along the valley of the River Stour from the source, through the Low Weald and North Downs and passing by the great Roman ruins of Richborough Castle,…

Stour Valley Walk – Ashford to Canterbury
Stour Valley Walk – Ashford to Canterbury

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Iknew this would be a big day and so I made an early start and headed back to Ashford International Station and back on the Stour Valley Walk path. It followed the river briefly before having to walk along the A292 before taking an alley up and over the M20 but you eventually leave the urban area behind and hit the country lanes and fields. Day Two – Ashford to Canterbury (21 Miles) The Stour Valley Walk is a long distance path along the valley of the River Stour from the source, through the Low Weald and North Downs and passing by the great Roman ruins of Richborough Castle,…

Stour Valley Walk – Lenham to Ashford
Stour Valley Walk – Lenham to Ashford

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Having packed my rucksack, boots and poles in my car I drove to Lenham and found a parking spot just down the road from St Mary’s Church. The weather was warm and sunny and it looked like it might be a hot day ahead. Day One – Lenham to Ashford (15 Miles) The Stour Valley Walk is a long distance path along the valley of the River Stour from the source, through the Low Weald and North Downs and passing by the great Roman ruins of Richborough Castle, to the historic town of Sandwich. I went to the rear of my car to don my boots and heave my rucksack…

Stour Valley Walk – Planning
Stour Valley Walk – Planning

Friday, 25 August 2017

Susan is away this bank holiday weekend and so I am on my own. Wanting to avoid the crowds and, more importantly, the chaos and stress of the motorways and trains out of London I have opted for the Stour Valley Walk. No. I had never heard of it either but it seems possible and is in completely the opposite direction to all the chaos. The walk starts in Lenham and ends in Sandwich – actually officially it ends at Pegwell Bay but I am only intending to go as far as Sandwich. Total mileage for all three days is approximately 56 miles. To make it even more interesting I…

Isle of Wight Coast Path – Day Five
Isle of Wight Coast Path – Day Five

Tuesday, 08 August 2017

Day Five – Sandown to Ryde After a good night’s sleep at the hotel and porridge pots for breakfast, we ventured out on to the seafront at Sandown. It was blustery and the clouds in the sky were promising rain. We only had 11.5 miles to cover today but we didn’t want all of them to be in the rain. It didn’t take long to walk along the flat seawall and we were soon climbing up on to Bembridge Down and then Culver Down. There is a large monument on Culver Down, the Yarborough Monument, errected as a memorial to Charles Anderson-Pelham, the 2nd Baron Yarborough (later first Earl of…

Isle of Wight Coast Path – Day Four
Isle of Wight Coast Path – Day Four

Monday, 07 August 2017

Day Four – Cowleaze Chine to Sandown After a difficult night’s sleep we awoke to a cloudier, chillier morning than the day before. My Exped sleeping mat had developed a fault the evening before which meant I had to sleep lopsided all night and there was no possibility fixing it. Over breakfast we discussed the possibility of staying the night in an hotel rather than the planned wild camp. We packed up and continued along the Coastal Path to Chale before heading up to Blackgang and through a series of fields. From the high vantage point, we had a good view over St Catherine’s Lighthouse and the Undercliff. At St…

Isle of Wight Coast Path – Day Three
Isle of Wight Coast Path – Day Three

Sunday, 06 August 2017

Day Three – Freshwater to Cowleaze Chine We awoke to a glorious, sunny morning and after breakfast, I headed into Freshwater to buy some lunch and dinner for the day ahead while Susan packed up the tent. We picked up the Coastal Path at Colwell Chime and had an easy, enjoyable walk along the Seawall to the old lifeboat station at Widdick Chine before ascending to the road above. It was a short walk up cliff road before we were back on a footpath heading for Headon Warren. At Headon Hill, we stopped to admire the fantastic views of Alum Bay and The Needles. There were a few people here…

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