WALKS ABROAD (coming soon)
A gentle stroll along the canal in early Spring sunshine, with the Rutland Arms serving as an ideal turning around (after a couple of pints) point!
The lower Wye Valley, from Tinterne down to Chepstow, is very important to us. We met at Chepstow, and followed this walk on the first full day we spent together. We've repeated the walk on our anniversary several times! It climbs out of Chepstow to follow the west bank of the river, at the top of the gorge, with some backwards views of the castle. It mostly burrows through woodland almost to the fringes of Tinterne. Crossing the river here on the old railway bridge, the path then climbs steeply up the east bank to meet Offa's Dyke, which it then follows southwards, passing Devil's Pulpit. Offa's Dyke continues along the top of the Wye Gorge through woodland, and the path finally emerges in a mixture of farmland and posh housing (and includes some hairy road-walking stretches) before descending into Chepstow.
This is one of the first walks where I can include a route map, using the Endomondo app. I walked from Wembury, on the Devon coast, to Plymouth Hoe and back, on a sunny day when the temopreature never got above zero. The low temperature actually made the going easier, as the mud froze, though the icy puddles were a little awkward at time! Two thirds of the walk was westwards along the South West Coast path, and then I turned eastwards along the sometimes confusingly marked (I didn't have a map) Erme Plym trail that winds first through woodland and then across open downland. The final couple of miles down to Wembury was along lanes.
A great walk that includes two abandoned mansions, Bolsover Castle and Sutton Scarsdale Hall. It also included a stretch of footpath that has been destroyed by the landowner!
A chill and windy walk on Christmas Day, but well worth it! The walk begins in the gloomy valley at Wildboarclough, then climbs to follow a long loop around to Macclesfield Forest. Then there's a long climb to the summit of Shutlingsloe.