Monthly Miles: July 2020

It’s been a month since I last wrote about my mileage (for June) and now it’s time to write about July! I feel bad in realising that I haven’t written on this blog in between these points… Looking at the list below, I can already see two walks that I’d like to write about. I just need to commit to it.

Sand Point and Middle Hope, near Weston-super-Mare.
02/07 – 4.5 miles – Bourton Combe, North Somerset
05/07 – 9.75 miles – Crook Peak, Mendip Hills
07/07 – 1.75 mile RUN – St. Georges, W-s-M
08/07 – 1.75 mile RUN – St. Georges, W-s-M
10/07 – 2 miles – Sand Point, North Somerset
13/07 – 9 miles – East Harptree, Mendip
15/07 – 5 miles – Sand Point (Weston-super-Walkers)
19/07 – 3 miles – Wick St. Lawrence, North Somerset
20/07 – 8 miles – Bleadon Hill, North Somerset
26/07 – 14.5 miles – Quantock Hills, Somerset
29/07 – 4 mile RUN – Wick St. Lawrence
30/07 – 3.75 miles – Goblin Combe (Weston-super-Walkers)
Total for July 2020 = 67 miles
Quantock Hills, Somerset.

Another month that started fairly slowly and yet, what you won’t see from the list above is that in each of those first two walks, I was able to meet up and walk without another person. This has been incredibly rare since the end of March and, as anyone else who lives alone can relate, it’s quite important.

Crook Peak [No S!], Mendip Hills.
It wasn’t until the last week of July that I decided to break my rule of “Staying Very Local” and I ventured down the M5 motorway, on to the A39 and in to the Quantock Hills AoNB. Excluding one cross-Bristol bus journey to buy a new car (pretty essential, if you ask me…), it is the longest journey I have made (approximately a forty-five minute drive) since heading to the Cotswold Hills at the end of March.

Wills Neck, Quantock Hills.

Even after that good experience (where I was able to meet with two friends in the same day), I’m not ready to throw caution to the wind and start travelling all over the UK just yet. I do feel in need of a break and some form of a getaway and I’ll be making plans toward that this month – more to come in another post.

View of Bristol from Bourton Court.

I’ve also restarted my group walks, as lockdown restrictions have been lifted eased and we’ve been able to meet up in smaller numbers than before. I’ve also had requests and questions from a number of group members privately!

Harptree Combe, East Harptree, North East Somerset.

I look at my mileage for the year so far and it is shockingly low. I almost lost my interest in running – partly due to ankle and knee discomfort – but I then went on to break my own record and run for four miles one evening without much of a complaint! I might’ve said this before but, if I can sustain some form of running routine for the best part of a month, it’ll make a difference (they say it takes almost a month to force or change a habit).

Sunset near Sand Point.

More to come in the near future!

Current total for 2020 = 385 miles

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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