October 2015 - January 2016
  • Day116

    Berkhamstead - Ivinghoe circular walk

    January 24, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 11 °C

    Last training walk and it was the biggest and muddiest so far. Hard work. We slipped, slid and squelched our way along. Distance - 24.5 Km, 401 m elevation in 5 hours 32 mins. Photos show some of the mud, the Bridgewater Monument, how mild the weather was on the Ridgeway, our brief lunch stop with views towards Bulbourne and finally who knew Berkhamstead not only has a castle but a totem pole.Read more

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  • Day114

    Chilworth

    January 22, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌧 7 °C

    Last weekend of training hikes. More lovely and diverse Surrey Hills - plenty of mud and sand. Some very steep up n down. Photos of lunch in the churchyard at St Marthas. Clearest ponds ever at Silent Pool. Distance - 17.42 km, 4 hours 10 mins and 421 m elevation.Read more

  • Day109

    Snowy Bucks

    January 17, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌧 2 °C

    Couldn't do a big walk yesterday as I am nursing a nasty cold but we had a chance to make a snowman in the garden at Clare's mum and dad's today. Only had a light sprinkle in London.

  • Day102

    Thames Path

    January 10, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 4 °C

    Weekend in London so did a 20 km city walk today. Home - Hammersmith - along the river path past rowers, runners, lots of bridges, all the way to Tate Britain for some culture. Then to Waterloo for lovely food at Wahaca and home on tube and replacement bus. Total - 20.12 km, 3 hours 35 mins, 170 m elevation - though I am not sure how as it all seemed very flat.Read more

  • Day93

    Amberley, West Sussex

    January 1, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

    New Year's Day training walk in yucky conditions. Started off in the wrong place and had to wade through flooded fields. Clare slipped and fell in the mud. Lots of up, not so much down. Great test of our GoreTex boots and gear, all of which held up well. Moral of the story though - put on your waterproof trousers on as soon as it starts to rain and stuff will get wet in your pockets. Distance - 18.23 km, duration 4 hours 23 mins, 353 m elevation and 2 hours of it in the rain.Read more

  • Day92

    Cuckmere Haven

    December 31, 2015 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Big New Year's Eve training walk from Seven Sisters Country Park, through Friston Forest, Birling Gap, up and down the Seven Sisters in gale force winds and then an extra loop on the west side of Cuckmere Haven. Total - 18.07 km, 4 hours 20 mins, 448 m elevation - though it felt like more.Read more

  • Day59

    Box Hill

    November 28, 2015 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

    Our friend Kelly joined us for a chilly, windy, steep circuit from the top of Box Hill, down into the Surrey countryside and back up again. Distance - 17.6 Km, 504 m elevation, 4 hours 26 mins.

  • Day46

    Aldbourne

    November 15, 2015 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Went all the way to Wiltshire to do more of the Ridgeway. Not a lot of elevation but really good training for the Patagonian winds. Distance - 19.27 Km, 176 m elevation, 4 hours 13 mins. Very good choice not to walk through a field that warned of possible bulls. We did a detour and when we arrived at the joining point we could see about ten bulls all standing right by the gate we would have had to have gone through.Read more