Where: Symonds Yat, Forest of Dean Season: Winter Weather: Cold and unexpectedly sunny Route: The Mailscot Wood Trail Length 4 miles Walking Buddy: The awesome Ziggi Musings: We couldn’t believe our luck when we saw how gorgeous the weather was this day. When you holiday in England in February, you expect rain at the very [...]
Welcome to Writer Hiker
This blog does exactly what it says on the tin: I go for a hike, then I write about it. Simples.
I’ve loved walking ever since I can remember. Fresh air, beautiful scenery, and the simple task of putting one foot in front of the other clears your head like nothing else – it’s therapy you don’t have to pay for.
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At the top of the sidebar, you’ll see that you can click through to posts by area – now I appreciate there are only two areas listed right now (Oxfordshire and Scotland), but fear not! More will be added after every holiday, trip, or weekend away when I have the opportunity to go out, don my boots, and get my hike on.
If you’re the kind of cat who doesn’t want to be restricted by geography, then feel free to simply peruse the blog! My latest posts are listed in the side bar, or you can click on the picture that says “Hiking” at the top of this page.
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Top Toddling Tips
The wonderful thing about walking is how low-tech it can be. If you want, you can just put your shoes on, pick up your keys and go – no gadgets required.
If you are planning on going for a lengthy potter in the countryside, however, there are a few bits I would recommend taking with you.
- Walking Shoes – A comfy pair of walking shoes will make any trek more pleasant. There’s little worse than finding yourself with sore feet and no choice but to limp to your destination.
- Rain Coat – You never know when the weather’s going to turn on you, so I like to make sure I have something with me that’ll keep at least some of the rain off.
- Sunglasses & Sunscreen – On the odd occasions that the sun does decide to grace us with its presence, it’s good to be prepared.
- A Fully Charged Phone – Although part of the charm of going for a walk is to get away from things for a few hours, it’s a good idea to take your mobile, just in case. If you have a smart phone that doubles as a camera, compass, map, etc; so much the better.
- Water – Walking can be thirsty work so make sure you take something to drink.
- Insect Repellent – If, like me, you tend to attract every biting insect within a twelve mile radius simply by breathing; I recommend putting some spray in your bag.
- Route Map – Although it’s fun to sometimes just follow a footpath sign and see where it takes you, it’s never a bad plan to have a map as a back up!
- And finally – If you feel like doing something nice for your fellow nature lovers, why not take a carrier bag with you and pick up some litter?