#walk1000miles – November 2018

Going in to November, there was a chance that I would be able to break the one-thousand mile mark before the arrival of 2018’s final month… With an amount of time on my hands and a long-weekend trip to Dartmoor due, this opportunity was very strong indeed.

Following the Coleridge Way from Holford in Somerset.

Need I remind you – as I do every month – that I have NOT been trying to walk the thousand miles this year!!

View from Beacon Hill in the Quantocks.

In November 2017, I managed to walk 78.5 miles. Here, I felt confident that I would exceed 80 miles for the month…

On the Severn Way, just north of Gloucester.

02/11 – 4.5 miles – Wrington, North Somerset
03/11 – 14.5 miles – Severn Way: Elmore, Gloucestershire
05/11 – 6 miles – Wrington
08/11 – 2 miles – Wrington
10/11 – 11.75 miles – Quantock Hills, Somerset
11/11 – 3.25 miles – Brean Down, Somerset
12/11 – 4.5 miles – Wrington
15/11 – 7.25 miles – Cadbury Camp, North Somerset
17/11 – 7.5 miles – Oakhill, Somerset
20/11 – 10 miles – Black Down to Cheddar Gorge
21/11 – 4.25 miles – Wrington
24/11 – 12.75 miles – Severn Way: Gloucester
26/11 – 10 miles – Priddy to Ebbor Gorge
29/11 – 4 miles – Sourton Tors, Dartmoor
30/11 – 11.5 miles – iSpy Dartmoor (Okehampton)

Total for November 2018 = 113.75 miles

So, I’ve walked considerably more miles than what I did for the same time period last year! Getting back on track with the Severn Way walk has helped this, along with an end-of-the-month journey to Dartmoor with the walking group.

Roaming northern Dartmoor with Brunel Walking Group.

I’d been working almost as self-employed since early September and the irregularity of my working hours allowed me much freedom to roam the local countryside and to maintain a physically active way to my  numerous quiet days.

One of many tors bagged over the past weekend!

That luxury has ended with November, as I’m now back in to full-time employment for the foreseeable future.

Above Wookey Hole in Somerset.

Current total for 2018 = 1,012 miles

So, for the second consecutive year, I’ve completed the challenge one-month early!

…A challenge that I had not set-out to complete at the start of 2018! My aim was simply to track my average mileage, with an estimate that I’d end the year with a figure between 600 and 800 miles. I guess I got a bit carried away, walking The Ridgeway and with other things!

View from Cadbury Camp, overlooking Tickenham Moor and beyond.

I also have a great annual mileage, compared with this same point one year ago!

Thanks for reading.

Author: Olly Parry-Jones

I live in Weston-super-Mare, close to the Mendip Hills in Somerset and I enjoy time spent outdoors, whether that's walking, camping or backpacking. My day job involved making furniture from recycled wood (I'm a furniture maker and carpenter by trade). I have two blogs: Olly Writes (woodworking, DIY, baking) Walks With Olly (walking, camping and kit) You can also find me on YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. My second YouTube channel is titled 'Walks with Olly'.

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