#walk1000miles – August 2018

I doubt many of us can believe that August has come and gone. Two-thirds of the way through 2018 and we’ll soon be waving goodbye to the summer, before we’re ready for it.

I’ve managed to keep myself busy, clocking up the miles over the past month.

In August we saw rain, for the first time in many weeks.

02/08 – 11 miles River Parrett Round, Somerset
04/08 – 12 miles – Exmoor (with Brunel 20s & 30s)
05/08 – 14 miles – The Black Mountain (with Brunel Walking Group)
09/08 – 7 miles – Crook Peak, Somerset
12/08 – 8.5 miles – Wells to Ebbor Gorge, Somerset
17/08 – 4.25 miles – Wrington, North Somerset
18/08 – 13.5 miles – Return to Hay Bluff (walk leading)
23/08 – 13.75 miles – Bodmin Moor
24/08 – 10 miles – St. Ives to Zennor (Brunel Walking Group)
25/08 – 13.5 miles – Godrevy to Portreath (walk leading)
31/08 – 6.25 miles Sand Bay & Sand Point, North Somerset

Total for August 2018 = 113.75 miles

On the edge of Dunkery Beacon, Exmoor.

August was another month in which I was very active with Brunel Walking Group. Not only in attending organised walks from others but in leading two group walks myself and also organising an ‘off-the-book’ outing during a wet and miserable weekend of cancelled plans.

On the South West Coast Path in Cornwall, between Godrevy and Portreath.

Perhaps the highlights of the month was the Bank Holiday weekend spent down in St. Ives in Cornwall. Apparently I went there as a child. As an adult, I’d only really explored the Lizard Peninsula and I’m not usually a fan of going away during the Bank Holidays – especially in August – as the traffic can be chaotic at even the best of times.

My first venture on to Bodmin Moor.

I left early on the Thursday morning and would spend much of the day roaming around Bodmin Moor, before completing my drive to St. Ives in the evening to pitch up for three nights. But for one day (which happened to be the day I was leaving), the weather could’ve been worse. I’d never set foot on Bodmin Moor before this and that was a good experience to add to the miles of coastal walking we covered collectively.

Walking the (challenging) coast path from St. Ives to Zennor.

My only slight disappointment from August is that I haven’t yet returned to walk my final thirty-miles along The Ridgeway. Although, I’m hoping to make that happen very soon.

Above the Vale of Ewyas in the Black Mountains.

A year ago, I’ve been in the Peak District for a few days. Our walking group completed the White Horse Trail around Wiltshire and I completed what remains to be my longest single-day hike in the Black Mountains of South Wales. Naturally, I walked an extra twenty-five miles that month compared to what you see above!

Llyn Y Fan Fawr in the Brecon Beacons.

In terms of my annual standing, I’m less than one-hundred miles behind where I was in September 2017… And, again, I’m not actually trying to walk the thousand this year!!

Current total for 2018 = 692.25 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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