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!

Of distractions and strolls

27th April 2009

There is a certain distraction occupying my life at the moment so that’s why that trip report from my Easter visit to Aviemore has yet to make its debut. Nevertheless, my weekends have been left sufficiently free for some sampling of the springtime awakening that surrounds us right now. Yesterday saw me pay a visit to Derbyshire for the first time in what feels like an age. My amble started in Baslow and took me through the Chatsworth Estate en route to Matlock by way of the Derwent Valley Heritage Way. The weekend before saw me heading west to Wales for a yomp from Dolwyddelan to Llyn Ogwen. Both walks saw dry mild weather with cloudiness obstructing the sun at times and had plenty to offer the wanderer. Today’s chilly dampness may be a contrast to all of this but there a prospects for some decent weather over the coming bank holiday weekend. Only time will tell if that’s hopeless optimism on the part of weather forecasters or becomes reality. After an enormous bank holiday howler made by Met Éireann a now frightening number of years ago, I won’t be holding my breath but I remain hopeful of being ready for any opportunities that arise. In the meantime, I suppose that I’d better get to doing those trip reports and processing accompanying photos (picking what to include or exclude often takes more time than the Photoshop work itself…).

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