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399 Ardmolich to Kinlochmoidart So, I return to the Forestry Commission car park at Ardmolich Wood. Such a shame the weather was dull yesterday when I walked along the Silver Walk.

Koh Kret A rather mysterious place in Bangkok that we had heard about many times but had not managed to get to before is the small island of Koh Kret. This is an island in the middle of the Chao Praya River that was formed when a meander loop was bypassed using a man-made canal dug during the 1720s.

Tuesday's Ten - Get Outside things to do in Devon in August It's August, the school holidays are coming to an end and we are all secretly looking forward to a bit of normality. It has been a great summer down here in Devon so far but if you are running out of 'Get Outside' things to do, this week's Tuesday's Ten has a few suggestions for you of August things to do in Devon:.

398 Silver Walk and Ardmolich A large information sign suggests a stroll around the woodland, while a smaller sign tells me this is the beginning of the Silver Walk. I set off down the track. Usually I dislike walking among pines, but these are tall and elegant trees, and I enjoy their company.

TGO Challenge 2019 If you made it through the 7 part story of the Quest for the Shirt of Destiny, well done. Even more well done if you kept up with it, and could follow where we were at any point.

A walk in a glacial moraine landscape I don't know about you but after a walk in the rain I found this great idea for a late summer walk in a glacial moraine landscape next to Arresø. We did the walk in the month of May, one of my favourite month.

Emergency Distress Signal - Give a Little Whistle I fancy myself as a bit of a whistler and quite like the idea of joining a whistling choir. Whistling for fun is one thing but did you know that carrying a whistle and knowing the right distress signal could one day save your life?

I live in Devon… Could I Swim to London? I recent weeks I have been lucky enough, in my capacity as a freelance writer, to have been working on an exciting project in London. I have been travelling up by train and enjoying the views along the way. One thing I have noticed has been the number of waterways I have seen.

Now - Bring Me That Horizon Now – bring me that horizon – The last line from Pirates of the Caribbean If you need to get in the ‘right mood’ you can find recipes for Pirate Rum Drinks on the Pirate Emp…

How Many Calories? A 1 Kilometre Sea Swim During the winter my cold water swimming habit gives me the perfect excuse for shorter swims but, now that summer is well and truly here, the water is warm enough for me to stay in longer and get in a bit more distance.

Armies of light I came across wonderful poetry by Daniel March written in 1869 and found it to be a religious text. That is not my reason for quoting the poetry, but because the description reminds me of the overwhelming joy it is, to walk in nature. When the clouds cast their shadows over hills and rivers, mountains and lakes in an ever-changing game.

The Oregon Desert Trail As we plan out our yearly calendars, it always seems that we have one or two things which serve as "anchors" to our time. They act as bases that we can then work around as we try to fit in other things we want to do.

Tuesday's Ten - Things about the Tide Whether you experience the sea on holiday or as a local attraction, you probably enjoy the tides and the ‘never-the-same-twice’ impact they have on our coastl…

253 - Cairn Gorm and Ben Macdui, and the Cairngorm Tragedy of 1971 Most of my Cairngorm visits over the years have been to the ski slopes, though on one occasion I did do a trip away from the ski lifts to cross the summit of Cairngorm on Alpine Touring skis. That's barely scratching the surface of the largest National Park in the UK, though I have made a couple of hiking trips there over the years.

Monday Mash Up - Messenger Anything goes on a Monday so, as you all head back to work, here's something a little bit Blonde and a little bit outdoors to get you thinking. This is the amazing sculpture that will greet you as you enter the Theatre Royal in Plymouth. It is 7 meters of amazingness!

Dartmoor flowers We have often shown you the beauty of Dartmoor' flowers: particularly the gorse and heather that provide a fantastic floral carpet. On our walk up to Hameldown recently we spotted a couple of flowers that were unfamiliar to us. Can you help to identify them?

Treebeard in the Fairy Forest I went to see Treebeard the other day and he still has a majestic appearance. If you wonder who is Treebeard I always have one foot in the world of Tolkien. Tolkien Gateway: Treebeard, also known as Fangorn, was the oldest of the Ents, a tree-like being who was a sort of "shepherd of trees".

Is a day sack really big enough for a safe day on the hills? I imagine most outdoor leaders will relate to the 'I might wish I had it one day' method of rucksack packing.

On this day… on the Continental Divide Trail in 1985 On this day thirty-four years ago I was approaching Squaretop Mountains and the Wind River Range on the Continental Divide Trail. It was my seventy-second day and when I set up my tent that evening I'd walked 995 miles from the Canadian border. "A frost.

The Bumble Bee When at home alone I sitAnd am very tired of it, I have just to shut my eyesTo go sailing through the skiesTo go sailing far awayTo the pleasant Land of Play;To the fairy land afarWhere the Little P…

Decline and Fall: In which our hero plods wearily to the finish of the 2019 TGO Challenge Trailstar Party Time: Philbrick, Dr Fagan and Captain Grimes "I expect you'll becoming a school master, sir. That's what most of the gentlemen does, sir, that gets sent down for indecent behaviour". Paul Pennyfeather reflected. Not for the first time on this TGO Challenge.

Adventure for all. Wheelchair wild camping. 'Will you take me wild camping?' is a question to which Blonde One and I always like to respond in the affirmative. Whatever the weather, we love teaching people how to enjoy the freedom of packing their kit into a rucksack and wild camping on Dartmoor.

Trig Points OS Sheet 91 A blog about hill walking and lightweight backpacking and long distance walking.

On My Way Home On my way home from the grocery store, I was a swing down by the river. It’s very important to check the water level after the last rainfall “Life is not lost by dying; life is lost m…

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