Just another walk

On another 13 mile walk I came across this chalk hole, confirming that the North Downs is very much a chalky landscape. That’s a great tumbledown shed in the background!

I like this signpost

White bushes were everywhere

A typical path through the trees

In an enormous field populated by many sheep, interesting shadows

Slopes make for an interesting image

And near the end, a lovely tree and hedge

13 miles!

I extended my occasional 10-mile walk with an additional loop at roughly half-way, and what a delightful stretch it was. There were plenty of walkers out on a lovely spring-like day and I got chatting to a delightful man as he enjoyed his picnic. A retired headmaster, his walks were more like 3 miles and he seemed quite impressed with the length of my walk. Nice to have met you, David!

Navigating with a phone

A walk (8.5 miles) through 3 commons was not quite a disaster but wasn’t without problems.

I’ve come to rely on my mobile phone and the OS Maps app for navigation. On long walks I always take a battery pack to recharge the phone if necessary, but today I forget the charging cable. Half way through the walk the battery had dropped to 10% and I risked getting lost in the multitude of paths. So I decided to abort the rest of my planned route and make a hurried return to the start point.

I also dropped the phone and cracked the case – so not the happiest of walks.


A 10 mile local walk

This is the first blog post for three weeks and it’s of a 10.3 mile local walk that took three and a half hours. Mainly woodland paths, I discovered some new areas to explore further. It was a good warm-up for some long Autumnal walks including, hopefully, some legs of the Solent Way walk I began last year.

I’m uncomfortable around dogs and so a pack of 6 largish dogs forced me to hold back whilst they disappeared into the distance. A few minutes later a pack of 10 small dogs appeared some distance away. I was less concerned by them but they caused me to wonder what might have happened had the 6 largish dogs come across the 10 smaller ones!

Today, 8.2 miles

A deviation from the normal route took me along narrow and overgrown paths. A minor head injury from an overhanging branch was a consequence of my concentrating on beating the overgrown plants blocking the path. Incredibly I came across a prefab being used by a small car-maintenance business, and a rather pleasant church. Finally, just a couple of miles from home, I came across an attractive new area for exploring.

[Reminder to self for the next time: take an OS paper map – it’s all very well using the OS phone app to find one’s way (isn’t it brilliant!), but I’d be stuck if the phone failed or the battery died!]