I doubt many of us can believe that August has come and gone. Two-thirds of the way through 2018 and we’ll soon be waving goodbye to the summer, before we’re ready for it.
I’ve managed to keep myself busy, clocking up the miles over the past month.
02/08 – 11 miles River Parrett Round, Somerset
04/08 – 12 miles – Exmoor (with Brunel 20s & 30s)
05/08 – 14 miles – The Black Mountain (with Brunel Walking Group)
09/08 – 7 miles – Crook Peak, Somerset
12/08 – 8.5 miles – Wells to Ebbor Gorge, Somerset
17/08 – 4.25 miles – Wrington, North Somerset
18/08 – 13.5 miles – Return to Hay Bluff (walk leading)
23/08 – 13.75 miles – Bodmin Moor
24/08 – 10 miles – St. Ives to Zennor (Brunel Walking Group)
25/08 – 13.5 miles – Godrevy to Portreath (walk leading)
31/08 – 6.25 miles Sand Bay & Sand Point, North Somerset
Total for August 2018 = 113.75 miles
August was another month in which I was very active with Brunel Walking Group. Not only in attending organised walks from others but in leading two group walks myself and also organising an ‘off-the-book’ outing during a wet and miserable weekend of cancelled plans.
Perhaps the highlights of the month was the Bank Holiday weekend spent down in St. Ives in Cornwall. Apparently I went there as a child. As an adult, I’d only really explored the Lizard Peninsula and I’m not usually a fan of going away during the Bank Holidays – especially in August – as the traffic can be chaotic at even the best of times.
I left early on the Thursday morning and would spend much of the day roaming around Bodmin Moor, before completing my drive to St. Ives in the evening to pitch up for three nights. But for one day (which happened to be the day I was leaving), the weather could’ve been worse. I’d never set foot on Bodmin Moor before this and that was a good experience to add to the miles of coastal walking we covered collectively.
My only slight disappointment from August is that I haven’t yet returned to walk my final thirty-miles along The Ridgeway. Although, I’m hoping to make that happen very soon.
A year ago, I’ve been in the Peak District for a few days. Our walking group completed the White Horse Trail around Wiltshire and I completed what remains to be my longest single-day hike in the Black Mountains of South Wales. Naturally, I walked an extra twenty-five miles that month compared to what you see above!
In terms of my annual standing, I’m less than one-hundred miles behind where I was in September 2017… And, again, I’m not actually trying to walk the thousand this year!!