Here is an array of hikes and activities across the UK from 2019. Highlight of the year was having my brother over from Cape Town mid-summer for a long-overdue trip, which included a long weekend in the Brecon Beacons, exploring the Pembrokeshire coastline.
Please click on each of the links below to view the full blog and album of photos.
A variety of Royston walks – 2019 – tba
On the Sunday over the weekend of Michelle’s birthday, a Sunday walk was arranged with my good friend Tammy. I was thrilled that Gordon, despite not being a regular hiker, had decided to join us; he had taken up cycling at the beginning of the year, some years earlier having undergone a quadruple heart bypass operation. Having driven with Tammy around midday to the Eagle’s Heights Wildlife Centre near the Eynsford Viaduct, not far from the remains of the Roman villa, we set off towards higher ground, skirting Lullingstone and Preston Hill Country Park. Boasting an internationally renowned collection of ancient trees, spectacular wildflower displays and countryside walks, Lullingstone Country Park is the perfect place to get back to nature.
Pilgrims Way – Wrotham to Otford – July 2019 – tba
Gower Peninsula Tour – The Mumbles & Worms Head – July 2019 – tba
Tenby town & beach stroll – July 2019 – tba
Dinefwr National Park & Castle Walk – July 2019 – tba
Marloes Sands Pembrokeshire Coastal Path Walk – July 2019 – tba
Lewes South Downs Walk – Aug 2019 – tba
St Pauls Walden – Whitwell – Stagenhoe Walk – Sept 2019 – tba
A mid-autumn walk was hastily arranged with my friend Tammy, on a weekend I had treated my niece and her partner to the Women’s football match between England’s Lionesses and the formidable German side at Wembley Stadium, before a record-breaking partisan crowd of 78,768. Tammy’s usual walks take one along the North or South Downs, so this was a break with tradition, perhaps more in terms of walks I have done with her in the past. The Green Chain Walk is a linked system of open spaces between the River Thames and Crystal Palace Park, so the route we were following from Eltham to the Thames Barrier in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, was a section of a much broader route.
Another mid-winter inner city walk with my friend Tammy, on this occasion after taking the bus from Eltham down to Greenwich. I had journeyed down to my niece, Michelle, and Adam, to deliver Christmas presents for their 3-year old son, Dylan. We had both come down with a bout of flu but felt that a walk in the open air does more to restore one to good health rather than remaining indoors. We set off from Eltham by bus to Greenwich however a catasrophe was averted when I realised I had left behind my lovingly-prepared rye bread and pate sandwiches. Michelle, still in her pyjamas, hastily drove down from Chislehurst to drop the munchies off just in time.