#walk1000miles: February 2019

February was a month that began with a sudden cold snap, carpeting much of the UK (including the often-untouched south-west) with several inches of snow. A short month on any calendar. I’m still surprised it has come and gone so quickly.

01/02 – 6 miles – Snow Day I (Wrington)
02/02 – 4.25 miles – Snow Day II (Wrington)
03/02 – 11 miles – Snow Day III (Mendip Hills)
10/02 – 10.5 miles – Pensford to Stantonbury Hill (walk leading)
17/02 – 15 miles – Exmoor and Dunkery Beacon
23/02 – 11.5 miles – Bridgwater Bay (with Brunel 20s & 30s)
24/02 – 9 miles – Severn Way: Sandhurst to Deerhurst

Total for February 2019 = 67.25 miles

Along with the snow, many good things have happened throughout the weekends of the previous month. One particular walk across the Mendip Hills was like a proper alpine adventure, as we encountered snow drifts stacked as tall as my shoulders.

I led my first group walk of the year. It’s fair to say it was the muddiest walk that many of us had done (and may do) for some considerable time. In spite of the sunshine we saw more recently, it has always been the winter month of February and this was somewhat of a reminder.

On another day, I was able to introduce someone to Exmoor for the first time and, naturally, we were destined for Dunkery Beacon – the highest point in the National Park and across all of Somerset.

I attended a group walk last weekend, supporting a friend who was walk leading for the very first time. It was a success, in unseasonal conditions almost too warm and dry for the gaiters that many of us had adorned.

Before we finished, I managed to find what is possibly the lowest trig point in Somerset, at a mere 7m above sea level (if not sinking further) and with the sea wall built around, if not through it!

This is not quite the lowest trig in the UK but I’d not been able to locate it on previous visits to the area… You can possibly see why!

My final walk in February was a foggy walk along the Severn Way that I’ve yet to write about, at the time of posting this.

This now leaves me with just one circular walk to follow, in my journey along the path from Bristol to Tewkesbury. After which, I may feel like setting myself another challenge.

It’s been a very good month and I’ve exceeded the mileage I covered in February 2018. At this point last year, I had only walked 111 miles in all…

March has already started well, even though is supposed to be a complete wash-out on the weather front. Many of my own miles have been completed with a companion, who is training for their own expedition in the summer. I don’t expect to do any camping before April but I do intend to start gathering things together for my own trek along the South Downs Way in May.

Current total for 2019 = 134.25 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'.

2 thoughts on “#walk1000miles: February 2019”

  1. You’re undertaking an inspiring journey, and your photos are great. The UK is such a mysterious place and your images evoke thoughts of King Arthur and the Lady of the Lake. Neat blog!


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