#walk1000miles – July 2018

I’m a few days late in writing this month and mainly because I’ve been quite busy over the weekend and busy before that, in keeping up with other blog posts.

01/07 – 12 miles – Churchill, North Somerset
03/07 – 3.5 miles – Mendip Hills
05/07 – 6.25 miles – Congresbury Yeo, North Somerset
07/07 – 5 miles – Wrington, North Somerset
08/07 – 17 miles – Three Peaks Walk, North East Somerset (walk leading)
14/07 – 10.75 miles – Cadair Berwyn, North Wales
15/07 – 6 miles – Tryfan and the Glyders, Snowdonia
16/07 – 1 mile – Llangollen, North Wales
17/07 – 7 miles – Snowdon Horseshoe, Snowdonia
21/07 – 21 miles – The Ridgeway: Day 2
22/07 – 15.5 miles – The Ridgeway: Day 3
30/07 – 11 miles – Mendip Hills

Total for July 2018 = 116.75 miles

For the many of you who probably don’t know, I left my job at the end of June. Sadly, I’m not able to support myself from the money I (don’t) make through this blog or on YouTube. For the time being, I have much free time to spend as I wish; filled with opportunities for walking.

I’m pleased to have walked over one-hundred miles in the previous month. With so much free time, I could probably have covered twice that distance, had I wanted to. Looking back, I’m a little bit surprised that I haven’t done any more than one sole short walk around my village.

Thanks to Dave for this photo.

Perhaps my greatest achievement of July was in the five-days spent hiking and scrambling around North Wales and Snowdonia. Finally and, at the third time of passing, I’ve been able to reach and tick-off the summit of Snowdon! Two days before that, we conquered theĀ  mighty Tryfan.

Another highlight from that trip was in discovering the highest points of the Berywn mountains – a range I’d not even heard of before purchasing an OS map that covered the area of our accommodation.

As you’ve hopefully already noticed recently, I have returned to The Ridgeway trail and walked a further two-days; now leaving just thirty-miles and another weekend’s-worth of trekking before I reach the eastern end point.

Here in the UK, the heatwave continues to dominate. I don’t remember experiencing more than a couple of days under heavy rain.

By this time last year, I’d walked ‘only’ 105 miles in July 2017 and had survived a complete wash-out over several days at the Port Eliot Festival in Cornwall. I’m heading further south to St. Ives later this month, for a weekend of camping and coastal walking with others.

Having just spent a day in the mountains yesterday, I’m heading back in another fortnight for my next walk-leading experience.

Current total for 2018 = 578.5 miles

At this stage last year, I was up to 641.5 miles – perhaps not significantly far ahead of where I stand today. Remember, I’m not trying to walk the thousand this year… I am very close to prematurely achieving my ‘anticipated annual average’ of six-hundred miles.

Thanks for reading.

Author: Olly Parry-Jones

I live in Weston-super-Mare, close to the Mendip Hills in Somerset and I enjoy time spent outdoors, whether that's walking, camping or backpacking. My day job involved making furniture from recycled wood (I'm a furniture maker and carpenter by trade). I have two blogs: Olly Writes (woodworking, DIY, baking) Walks With Olly (walking, camping and kit) You can also find me on YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. My second YouTube channel is titled 'Walks with Olly'.

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