Outdoor Discoveries

What originally was a news section for the rest of the website soon became a place for me to write about human-powered wanderings in the countryside. Photography inspires me to get out there, mostly on foot these days, though cycling got me started. Musings on the wider context of outdoor activity complete the picture, so I hope that there is something of interest in all that you find here. Thank you for coming!

The July that’s nearly gone…

31st July 2007

Doubtless, few in Gloucestershire will want to recall the July that we have just had and I hope that they are beginning to get back on their feet again. Amazingly, those heavy rains didn’t affect Cheshire to anything like the same extent and I did manage to make two visits to the Cumbrian fells. However, we shouldn’t forget that July weather can be very much a hit and miss affair; I can think of loads of occasions where July has been very grey. Maybe, that’s down to my experiencing loads of Irish and Scottish summers. Good weather in July is dependent of the jet stream moving to the north and that can take a painful amount of time, like it has done this year, or it may hardly happen at all, 2004 is etched in my memory for this reason. It was late in doing so again in 2003, an otherwise fabulous year, and I made the mistake of spending a soggy week inn Scotland’s Western Highlands only to be greeted with a heatwave the very next week! After various efforts to distract myself from my disappointment with a number of weekends spent around Keswick, Skiddaw and Derwentwater, it was only a weekend visit to Lochaber that more than made good. I won’t easily forget walks between Kinlochleven and Fort William over the Lairig Mor and around Loch Lochy at all easily; the weather could not have been better. It was nearly worth getting sodden for the motivation return to sights like these. So here’s to August 2007. Let’s see what it brings.

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