Monday, 29 August 2011
Phew! What a hard, but rewarding, bank holiday weekend!
We decided to embark on not one, but two (yes, two) training walks.
The first took us from Tilford to the beautiful ruins of Waverley Abbey, then up Crooksbury Hill and across Crooksbury Common before returning to Tilford. It took about four hours, including a wander around the ruins (and a bit of a sit down at the top of Crooksbury Hill!). The total distance was just under six miles.
What a wonderful opportunity to get away from the rush of everything and marvel at that increasingly rare thing - silence. The silence was, of course, soon broken by the sounds of us struggling up hills and glugging on litre after litre of water!
Today we ventured out for walk number two. A slightly shorter one this time - just under three miles - due to achey, blistered feet (ouch). This led us around Puttenham Common, which included part of the North Downs Way. Stunning!
Needless to say, I'm not looking forward to the aches and pains that will inevitably come tomorrow. Time to sit down with a cuppa and rest before getting started on next weekend's fundraising activity - watch this space!
Info: For those of you interested in following our footsteps, we were once again following pre-planned routes taken from Pathfinder Surrey Walks, walks 13 (Tilford and Waverley) and 1 (Puttenham Common).
Sunday, 21 August 2011
After buying a little map book of walks around Surrey I decided it was time to start some training.
OK, so, like most 27 year olds I've been able to walk for about 26 years now. One would think this would exclude me from needing to practise for my 4,600m altitude, 4 day hike in the Andes, but apparently not!
I picked out a nice little six-miler, to take my training buddy (also known as my other half, Chris) and me from picturesque Compton, Surrey, up through Artington to the outskirts of Guildford, then back through the Loseley estate (although I have been berated by a friend for not using the opportunity to take in some delicious Loseley ice cream - sorry!) to Compton.
There really are some beautiful sights to be seen on this walk, from the unusual Watts Chapel, to the stunning Loseley House (pictured above - excuse the bad photography!). And despite being a bit off the beaten track, it's all so easy to find with a bit of a walk and some exploration.
A few hours later, tired and with aching legs, we returned to the car and headed for a relaxing pub lunch to "reward" ourselves. I think I'm going to enjoy this training!
For info: today's walk can be found in Pathfinder Guides: Surrey Walks, walk 14: Compton and Loseley Park
Tuesday, 16 August 2011
Wow, it's been an eventful couple of days!
Decided to get things going with a bang, and had a chat with a journalist called Pete from the local paper yesterday - which resulted in frantic attempts to make myself look presentable as he arranged for a same-day press photographer to come over. Hopefully I'll look reasonably human when the article is published - I'll be sure to link it here for you all to judge for yourselves!