Destinations

Walks Near Thame in Oxfordshire | 4 Long Walks

Thame Town Hall

I know quite a few of the many walks near Thame as I live here. The small market town nestled in the Oxfordshire countryside boasts some of the finest footpaths and sites in the English countryside whilst Oxfordshire might not be known for having the biggest hills, it certainly has some truly stunning locations for you to walking. As well …

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Wittenham Clumps Walk: Hard and Easy Routes

wittenham clumps near didcot

This Wittenham clumps walk covers 4 miles of beautiful Oxfordshire countryside. AKA ‘Mother Dunch’s Buttocks’, the Clumps are a pair of chalk hills located in an otherwise flat area of the Thames Valley.  Named Castle Hill and Round Hill, the heights offer sightseers a stunning panorama of the surrounding Oxfordshire countryside. Both hills are crowned by wreaths of woodland and one …

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Pacific Crest Trail Section J – a Kit List

If you’ve read my report on my recent hike of Section J of the Pacific Crest Trail, you may be interested in what kit to take when hiking a section of the PCT. So here’s an overview of what I took. I should preface this by saying that I’m not going to claim this is the perfect kit list, a mandatory …

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Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail – Section J

Last week, my regular hiking-buddy and I completed Section J of the Pacific Crest Trail. The trail itself is an epic route up the West Coast of America from the Mexican to the Canadian border, usually taking around 5 months to complete. Section J, on the other hand, is a relatively tiny 70 mile stretch just East of Seattle distinguished …

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Snowdon Hike

In a break from my usual New Year’s Eve tradition of necking champagne as fast as possible and then trying to catch a glimpse of some fireworks, this year my brother and I took a trip to Wales to climb Snowdon (which, dedicated readers will recall, is one of the things I want to tick off my to-do list before …

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5 Wild Camping Tips I Can Offer You

James and I have quite a few years of hiking and expeditions under our belts (partly because he’s far older than me). We’re both in agreement: getting off the beaten track if preferrable to following well-worn route, so here are 5 wild camping tips we have learned the hard way. Plan Your Camp Sites One of the joys of wild …

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Hiking Mount Washington, and a Presidential Traverse

On Sunday my brother and I hiked through the Presidential Range of the White Mountains in New Hampshire, doing pretty much a Presidential Traverse (depending slightly on how picky you are about the need to summit every mountain named after a president) and hiking Mount Washington along the way. It is, as Wikipedia says, an arduous hike with a lot of …

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Hiking and Wild Camping in Scotland

As discussed in a couple of previous posts, last week I set off on a three-day/three-night self-supported, wild-camping hike around the Isle of Mull, off the West Coast of Scotland. We had a rough plan for a route we wanted to take, but no firm commitments and of course no camp sites or anything booked, leaving us completely free to …

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SOFREP Crate Club – June Crate Review

This month saw the arrival of my first ‘crate’ from the SOFREP Club. A bit of background here – SOFREP is a US-based news site and forum theoretically for military special operators. Actually you could debate if that’s really who it’s aimed at, but it’s certainly largely written by former military personnel from specialist units, and covers news that is …

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Four essential purchases for day hiking

A while ago I did a post about how to ensure you have all the essential hiking gear to be safe on your trips. That list is about planning your loadout assuming you already have a well-stocked kit locker, or enough money to go shopping and not worry too much about the cost. This list is about the day hiking …

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