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UK Hiking Bucket List

01/21/2018 00:37:01 AM

I’m sure the concept of a bucket list isn’t lost on most of us. A simple list of things you would love to do in […] Read More The post UK Hiking Bucket List appeared first on Views From An Urban Lake.

10 Things to take Geocaching

01/18/2018 04:00:44 AM

We aren’t the best Geocaching family in the world, and we don’t do it as often as we would like, but our experience is growing […] Read More The post 10 Things to take Geocaching appeared first on Views From An Urban Lake.

Lanktoo 2 in 1 LED Camping Lantern – review

01/16/2018 04:00:34 AM

As campers with kids lighting becomes more of an issue in the tent. The potential utter darkness isn’t always easy to comprehend in this day […] Read More The post Lanktoo 2 in 1 LED Camping Lantern – review appeared first on Views From ...

5 Top Birding Spots in Milton Keynes

01/14/2018 03:00:00 AM

Milton Keynes may not seem the best urban birding location in the UK, but we have our fair share of interesting places for the birds. […] Read More The post 5 Top Birding Spots in Milton Keynes appeared first on Views From An Urban Lake.

Reflection

01/13/2018 04:00:59 AM

A dank, grey mist, persistently hung across the Ouse valley today, and I must admit I had to force myself out for a walk today. […] Read More The post Reflection appeared first on Views From An Urban Lake.

How to Choose a Sleeping Bag

01/12/2018 03:00:32 AM

Choosing a sleeping bag is never the easiest task. There are so many factors to take into consideration. From shape, to season rating, insulation to […] Read More The post How to Choose a Sleeping Bag appeared first on Views From An Urban ...

Meet Colin The Dog

01/11/2018 05:49:19 AM

Those of you who follow me on Twitter, or Instagram (and possibly Facebook) will already know. Those who don’t, Well why not? Do it now!! […] Read More The post Meet Colin The Dog appeared first on Views From An Urban Lake.

Outdoors Wellness With Ashley Beolens

01/05/2018 04:00:48 AM

Creeping darkness clouds my thoughts, my legs twitch more than normal, I can feel a foreboding shadow spreading over me; and then I realise it […] Read More The post Outdoors Wellness With Ashley Beolens appeared first on Views From An Urban ...

Walking 2500 Miles in 2017 Final Update

01/03/2018 04:00:43 AM

So you will be now know that I completed my 2500 miles of walking back in December on December 20th to be precise, as I […] Read More The post Walking 2500 Miles in 2017 Final Update appeared first on Views From An Urban Lake.

1st Jan Walk

01/02/2018 06:19:13 AM

I was late getting out for my traditional 1st Jan Walk with the family. Delayed by my daughter not getting up till late, then again […] Read More The post 1st Jan Walk appeared first on Views From An Urban Lake.

Traditions

12/31/2017 04:00:03 AM

Traditions the direct dictionary quote would tell you it is: The transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation, or the fact of being […] Read More The post Traditions appeared first on Views From An Urban Lake.

Outdoors Wellness With an Introduction

12/29/2017 04:00:30 AM

Starting on January 5th (then the 5th of each month thereafter), we are launching a brand new monthly post. You may have already seen the […] Read More The post Outdoors Wellness With an Introduction appeared first on Views From An Urban ...

Ouse Valley Floods

12/28/2017 09:48:36 AM

Yesterday afternoon I glanced out of my window and noticed a spreading line of water stretching out, from the River Ouse, across the Cosgrove fields. […] Read More The post Ouse Valley Floods appeared first on Views From An Urban Lake.

Boxing Day Bumble

12/26/2017 10:49:58 AM

It would be remiss of me to recommend a boxing day bumble, as a way of burning off the Christmas excesses, as I did on […] Read More The post Boxing Day Bumble appeared first on Views From An Urban Lake.

I Did It 2500 Miles Walked

12/20/2017 11:01:19 AM

At roughly 14:30 I crossed an invisible threshold. I’d wandered the floodplain forest, and was along side the river Ouse when a buzz on my […] Read More The post I Did It 2500 Miles Walked appeared first on Views From An Urban Lake.

THE NORTH FACE Dryzzle Jacket – Review

12/18/2017 04:00:22 AM

It was that thin, almost mist like, rain that fell, the sort that gets you soaked to the bone without really feeling like it’s raining. […] Read More The post THE NORTH FACE Dryzzle Jacket – Review appeared first on Views From An Urban ...

Sunrise at the Floodplain Forest

12/17/2017 17:07:11 PM

Pink, Orange light spread out over the still frozen Floodplain Forest Nature Reserve; Golden tendrils from the sunrise, spreading out across the flooded waters, highlighting […] Read More The post Sunrise at the Floodplain Forest appeared ...

Walking for CALM 2018

12/14/2017 02:30:10 AM

After the success of 2017 walking, I have decided to do it again in 2018. But there are a few changes this time around. Please […] Read More The post Walking for CALM 2018 appeared first on Views From An Urban Lake.

2500 Miles Nov Update

12/03/2017 04:00:02 AM

November was a strange month, I struggled with y back, having hurt it with a misplaced step. Ending up laid up for a few days […] Read More The post 2500 Miles Nov Update appeared first on Views From An Urban Lake.

Winter has Arrived at the Floodplain Forest

12/01/2017 10:09:32 AM

The weather in the UK has turned recently, and by turned I mean the temperatures are plummeting, there is snow settling in some places (not […] Read More The post Winter has Arrived at the Floodplain Forest appeared first on Views From An ...

The Last Hillwalker - Review

11/26/2017 04:00:05 AM

Mountain climbing has never been my thing, it's not that I am scared of heights, I used to hang out in trees as a kid, and am not hugely opposed to walking cliff edges, although the overwhelming questions of throwing oneself off are always there ...

The Last Hillwalker – Review

11/26/2017 04:00:00 AM

Mountain climbing has never been my thing, it’s not that I am scared of heights, I used to hang out in trees as a kid, […] Read More The post The Last Hillwalker – Review appeared first on Views From An Urban Lake.

The Last Hillwalker – Review

11/26/2017 04:00:00 AM

Mountain climbing has never been my thing, it’s not that I am scared of heights, I used to hang out in trees as a kid; […] Read More The post The Last Hillwalker – Review appeared first on Views From An Urban Lake.

I'm a Celebrity - Got Me Out Here

11/25/2017 16:09:32 PM

A slight white film coated the open fields across the road from my house this morning, the heaviest frosts of winter so far had arrived over night, winter felt like it had truly arrived as I left my house this morning, my new gloves and hat ...

I’m a Celebrity – Got Me Out Here

11/25/2017 16:09:00 PM

A slight white film coated the open fields across the road from my house this morning, the heaviest frosts of winter so far had arrived […] Read More The post I’m a Celebrity – Got Me Out Here appeared first on Views From An Urban Lak ...

I’m a Celebrity – Got Me Out Here

11/25/2017 16:09:00 PM

A slight white film coated the open fields across the road from my house this morning. The heaviest frosts of the season so far had […] Read More The post I’m a Celebrity – Got Me Out Here appeared first on Views From An Urban Lake.

Special Moments

11/19/2017 05:44:05 AM

The Azure flash of blue as the male Kingfisher suddenly appeared on the low hanging branch, as it gently swayed in the breeze, over the muddy green waters of the river Ouse. It is moments like this that make walking the same areas on a regular ...

Special Moments

11/19/2017 05:44:00 AM

The Azure flash of blue as the male Kingfisher suddenly appeared on the low hanging branch, as it gently swayed in the breeze, over the […] Read More The post Special Moments appeared first on Views From An Urban Lake.

Special Moments

11/19/2017 05:44:00 AM

The Azure flash of blue as the male Kingfisher suddenly appeared on the, low hanging, branch, as it gently swayed in the breeze, over the […] Read More The post Special Moments appeared first on Views From An Urban Lake.

After a Week Off

11/09/2017 06:00:40 AM

On a walk home from work in the dark last week, i jarred my back to such an extent that I needed heavy medication and time off work (sorry boss), but worse than that it has meant a few days of virtually no moving about, followed by another could ...

After a Week Off

11/09/2017 06:00:00 AM

On a walk home from work in the dark last week, i jarred my back to such an extent that I needed heavy medication and […] Read More The post After a Week Off appeared first on Views From An Urban Lake.

After a Week Off

11/09/2017 06:00:00 AM

On a walk home from work in the dark last week, i jarred my back to such an extent that I needed heavy medication and […] Read More The post After a Week Off appeared first on Views From An Urban Lake.

2500 Miles Oct Update

11/04/2017 05:00:01 AM

October has been a good month in some ways, not so great in others, I've walked a lot this month so one of my best month totals (any that cross the 200 mile mark is good right?), taken some nice photos, and had some AMAZING news (that could ...

2500 Miles Oct Update

11/04/2017 05:00:00 AM

October has been a good month in some ways, not so great in others, I’ve walked a lot this month so one of my best […] Read More The post 2500 Miles Oct Update appeared first on Views From An Urban Lake.

Hi-Tec Altitude VI i Waterproof Men's Walking Boot - Review

11/01/2017 05:00:10 AM

There is little more important to someone walking long distances than their feet, as any hikers know you need to look after them, support them and give them the best chance to stay warm, dry and pain free as possible, and it goes, almost without ...

Mental Health and the Great Outdoors Guest Bloggers Required

10/30/2017 04:47:14 AM

I'm looking to run a series of guest posts (current plan is one a month) on my Blog (http://www.viewsfromanurbanlake.co.uk), starting in Jan 2018, where the writer talks about how time spent in the great outdoors and/or amongst nature have helped ...

Hawfinch Hunting

10/29/2017 13:54:27 PM

The UK seems to have been hit by a wave of Hawfinch, a usually scarce, large finch, thousands have streamed through the country, and for once Buckinghamshire hasn't missed out, we have nearing 200 (plus) records so far this winter, neighbouring ...

Geocaching Cosgrove to Stoke Bruerne

10/26/2017 08:00:20 AM

When we are out walking as a family, why would we not have a hunt for any geocaches hidden along the route? Following on from Yesterday's Walk post (Old Wolverton to Stoke Bruerne), this covers the geocaching we enjoyed as we walked the long ...

We have been nominated

10/26/2017 02:11:14 AM

Well, what can I say? I came home yesterday (after a long canal walk to Stoke Bruerne) to an email from the team at the Go Outdoors awards informing me that this little old blog had been nominated for Best Outdoor Blog 2017!I'm honoured to be ...

Old Wolverton to Stoke Bruerne Along the Grand Union

10/25/2017 16:51:05 PM

Disclaimer: Photo Heavy postBeautiful blue skies stretched out across the Northamptonshire countryside as we stepped out on the path down to the River Ouse, and our crossing over into the Cosgrove fields, beside the converted mill buildings, ...

Reflecting Moods

10/19/2017 07:41:53 AM

It feels like my mood is reflecting the weather at the moment, or the weather is reflecting my mood, not sure which, the dull, uninspiring white skies reflect my lack of inspiration to head out into the wilds, the cold, damp, temperatures mirror ...

Mammut Summit Low GTX Mens Walking Shoe - Review

09/29/2017 07:14:31 AM

They look good don't they? I recently purchased these Mammut Summit Low GTX Mens walking shoes after my previous shoes began to deteriorate, as you may already have read I was offered a pair of Solomon shoes to review at roughly the same time ...

Tring to Milton Keynes Canal Walk

09/22/2017 12:15:58 PM

Disclaimer - Photo Heavy post.Sometimes pushing your body to its limits is a pain worth having, it is with that in mind that I set out yesterday (I needed to recover before posting) on my longest walk to date. My aim, to walk from Ting to Milton ...

Willows in the Wind

09/14/2017 07:28:35 AM

With storm Eileen barrelling through the UK in the early hours of Wednesday morning, with winds in excess of 40 miles per hour; and continued powerful winds waving the largest trees like paper dolls through the early morning I wasn't expecting ...

Leaving The Shire

09/07/2017 14:00:01 PM

"Not all those who wander are lost"I didn't meet a single Elf or Dwarf along the winding root, and there was certainly no fighting Orks or Nazgul but my walks have taken me from shire to shire past hills and leafy wood alike; and it was while ...

2500 Miles Aug Update

09/05/2017 04:00:21 AM

August was another good month, feel like I am back on track with the walking and also had a few nice donations so that side felt back on track too, one of the biggest interruptions (potentially) was my usual yearly weekend working for Birding ...

Back to the Patch

09/04/2017 13:23:50 PM

Layers of moisture filled the air, as I headed back onto the patch after a summer hiatus, the light spots of rain nothing compared to the heavy, sticky, liquid filled air of early September humidity. air so oppressive even breathing was laboured ...

Walking To Work

08/30/2017 02:51:42 AM

Most mornings you will find me walking to work, with 2500 miles to cover this year it helps the total a lot, but once in a while I have to work from a different, much further, location one that is a little out of range for a walk to work.Walking ...

Birdfair Camping

08/30/2017 02:28:51 AM

I'm actually quite amazed that there are no other blog posts out there about Birdfair camping, well none I could find, if you've written one let me know! Frustratingly this year was would be our first time camping there and without being able ...

A Mixed Day at Willen Lake

08/26/2017 15:55:12 PM

Some days you head out of the house with a plan laid out, only for things to change while you are on your travels; Today was one of those days as we had a mixed day at Willen Lake, combining a number of our families favourite activities, while ...

An Afternoon Forage

08/25/2017 03:12:17 AM

Wednesday (yes posing a little late) we decided on a large breakfast at the local pub, and then to head out for an afternoon forage around the river, it was meant to be a morning one, but time got away from us.An Afternoon ForageIt feels early ...

Coleman Mosedale 5 Tent - Review

08/23/2017 04:00:02 AM

The plan for 2017 was to get out camping with the family, outdoor adventures for all of us. For Zoe and Bubs this would be new experiences, for Tubs a common practice he has with his mum, and for me a step back to when I was under 30 and much ...

Birdfair 2017 Weekend

08/21/2017 08:54:26 AM

It's that time of year again where you get a post (or two) from my Birdfair 2017 Weekend, those 4 days (we start on the Thursday) spent volunteering on the Birding For All stand, living it up with the great and good of the bird watching world, ...

Fitbit Blaze - Review

08/13/2017 08:57:39 AM

When the strap of my Fitbit HR started bubbling for the second time (it was replace just under a year ago for the sane reason) I swiftly contacted the company who were only too happy to offer me a like for like replacement, however they also ...

2500 Miles July Update

08/02/2017 06:32:39 AM

I've managed to up my walking once more, leaving the bus behind on my work journey's and walking instead, but haven't got out on long nature walks half as much as I would have liked, sadly just the three "pleasure" walks.Hopefully August will ...

Tattenhoe Dragons

07/20/2017 11:20:31 AM

There are areas of Milton Keynes that I return to time, and time again, like Oakhill Wood, and just like that Tattenhoe Park is fast becoming one of those areas, it may not have muddy crapes for waders, or sweeping vistas to wonder over, it ...

Butterfly Hunt Oakhill Woods

07/17/2017 16:02:04 PM

I've grown to love Oakhill woods recently, not just because it is one of (if not the) best local site for watching butterflies lazily drifting down on the wing, or frantically fluttering from food plant to food plant, nor because it is surrounded ...

2500 Miles June Update

07/11/2017 08:21:55 AM

June was yet another poor month (and so far July has followed suit) in terms of walking, I had a few days out, but my mileage is way down on where I wanted it to be, although still just about ahead of schedule. I must make a concerted effort ...

Grey and Overcast

07/01/2017 03:53:27 AM

After the heatwaves of last week the weather this week has taken a rather greyer turn for the worst, sadly the mugginess is still there, but recently it has been grey and overcast, and such it was today (OK two days ago now) when i headed out ...

Butterfly and Dragonfly Walk

06/20/2017 16:23:28 PM

After a couple of tip offs of some great butterfly and dragonfly areas in areas I've not really walked before (or at least not for a very long time), I headed out to the North Bucks way, to explore Oakhill Wood and Tattenhoe Park on a great ...

Salomon X Ultra 2 GTX hiking shoes - Review

06/19/2017 07:38:39 AM

Sometimes an offer comes along that is too good to resist, and it happened to me very recently when I was contacted by Millet Sports offering me the opportunity to review some of their Solomon Range of Footwear. Typically for me the email came ...

Hunting Hornets and Spotted Orchids

06/15/2017 16:39:04 PM

With the sun shining, and temperatures rising, I headed to the woods for a spot of butterfly watching, Howe Park wood, as regulars will have seen mention of before is home to some of the rarer butterflies, both locally and nationally, there ...

2500 Miles May Update

06/14/2017 11:00:29 AM

May has been another quiet month I'm afraid, just about doing enough to keep up what needs to be done and mainly a few patch walks and walks to work rather than epic long walks or interesting country sojourns. Although having said that I have ...

Chattering Masses

06/12/2017 16:27:55 PM

Some days striking moments pull you in and just grab your attention, holding you in their hand, absorbed within the joyous occasion, as they unfold around you. Today while walking the Floodplain Forest I was blessed to have two such moments, ...

Konik Horses - 30 Days Wild - Day 2

06/02/2017 08:45:52 AM

As mentioned in yesterday's post we are trying to take part in the Wildlife Trusts #30DaysWild campaign, it's all about trying to do something wild in nature every day through June, well today we decided to pop down to the Floodplain Forest ...

Stonepit Fields

06/01/2017 14:51:17 PM

Stonepit Field is possibly the premier insect site in Milton Keynes, but not only that it has a colony of Small Blue butterfly, a butterfly I have not photographed before as part of my Butterflies of Milton Keynes project, so today I planned ...

Sunny Patch Walk

05/26/2017 04:00:36 AM

Having fallen behind a little in my posting this post covers yesterday's sunny patch work, sadly today I am sat at work in my windowless office, well technically I will be when this post goes live, I'm actually laying on the sofa writing this ...

A Tale of Two Woods

05/25/2017 13:56:03 PM

Wednesday 24th May I decided to go off my usual patch for a spot of searching for butterflies, the sun was out, the temperature is up and I thought it felt like a great day so off I headed to Howe Park Wood, but this is a tale of two woods, ...

Combining Posts

05/23/2017 14:58:48 PM

Due to illness (not mine) it's been a while since I've been out either on the patch or further afield, today I finally made it out for a morning stroll around the Flood Plain Forest Nature Reserve, It wasn't the most awe inspiring of walks, ...

Opticron MM4 Travel Scope - Review

05/09/2017 04:00:10 AM

As regular readers here will know, I suffer with back issues, so for me being able to travel light is important, so when Opticron asked if I would review their MM4 50 ED/45 travel scope, and the SDL v2 Zoom and HDF T zoom eyepieces, I thought ...

Just Some Bird Photos

05/05/2017 13:49:07 PM

Not feeling like writing much today, but wanted to share my photos from today anyway so here they are. all photographed at the Floodplain Forest Nature Reserve (like so often), hopefully you will like them as much as I do.Just Some Bird Pho ...

Flat White Skies

05/04/2017 14:30:22 PM

It never feels like much is going to happen when you look out of the window and all you can see is flat white skies; from a photographers point of view the light is dull and really doesn't offer much; from a birders perspective, dull cloud filled ...

Reebok Yourflex Train 8.0 - Review

05/02/2017 08:04:50 AM

I’ve been hitting the pavements more this year than ever before, what do I mean, well in my goal to reach 2500 miles in 2017 I have been walking much more around town than before, rather than heading out into the countryside, more asphalt ...

2500 Miles April Update

05/01/2017 09:52:52 AM

One thing is for sure April was not my best month of walking! I am still ahead of schedule, but I am slowing right down, doesn't help that I had a bit of illness and the Easter holiday's (I walk less when others are around). Hopefully May will ...

Wonderful Warblers

04/27/2017 14:03:24 PM

The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry, or so the saying goes, well, my plans for today were an early start to attempt to catch sunrise, and be out on the patch before anyone else would be, and hopefully catch a few summer migrants, ...

Snow in April

04/26/2017 04:22:24 AM

Seriously what is going on with the weather? I woke up yesterday morning looked out the window and was greeted by beautiful blue skies, brilliant I though to myself, donning my shorts, after the school run I'll hit the patch and be inundated ...

A Couple of Hours on the Patch

04/18/2017 15:43:49 PM

With crystal clear blue skies above as I performed the school run this morning, I was eager to get out on the patch today, but sadly I had to wait in for a delivery, so my time was limited, in fact I didn't get out till around 10:30am, but it ...

Country Innovations Raptor Smock - Review

04/12/2017 09:04:28 AM

I'm sure I am not alone as someone who struggles when temperatures hit a certain level, not too cold, but not yet warm enough for wandering around in t-shirts, the type of temperature that means a coat would leave you a sweaty mess but short ...

Spring Patch Walk

04/06/2017 13:07:57 PM

Crystal clear, endless, blue skies stretched out across Milton Keynes today, and I hadn't been for a patch walk in ages, so what better way to spend my morning that spending time under those blue skies and wandering the Floodplain Forest paths ...

2500 Miles March Update

04/03/2017 06:30:50 AM

Another month has passed so time for my monthly 2500 miles update, March was an odd month, I had some epic walks but also quite a few "off" days. My monthly total was down on January but I still did well above the average I needed, all in all ...

Milton Keynes Parks Trust 25 Mile Challenge Walk

03/30/2017 13:17:48 PM

Large drops of rain speckled my coat, turning the uniform grey into a polka-dot patchwork of different shades, as I stood at the bus stop, awaiting the arrival of the no.2 bus. A bus that would deliver me to Howe Park Wood where I would start ...

Campbell Park to Willen Lake Circular Walk

03/21/2017 15:34:57 PM

Milton Keynes has, as I hope I have shown in all my recent walks, some stunning areas for a hike, often these involve the outskirts of the town, but today I decided to have a walk through the heart of the city and head around Campbell park (which ...

Vernal Equinox

03/20/2017 14:38:17 PM

From here on out the days start to be longer than the nights, yup, today is officially the first day of Spring, the vernal equinox, and you could really tell, as a sheet of grey covered the sky, and light rain constantly fell! When will the ...

London Open Top Bus Tour

03/19/2017 11:34:18 AM

Now I know this isn't as wildlife focused as most of my posts are, and I apologise for that, but it was outdoors, and well to be quite frank I took some nice photos of the capital yesterday while either walking or on an open top bus tour of ...

Floodplain Forest to Linford Lakes Circular Walk

03/09/2017 15:39:46 PM

With 2500 miles to walk this year, I have been looking to increase my walks on certain days (I get a free Thursday to myself once a month, and I'm making the most of it!), last week I managed a long canal walk, in Feb I managed a North West ...

The Start of Spring

03/06/2017 13:11:20 PM

Blue skies stretched out across the Ouse Valley, a picture of azure punctured by the occasional fluffy white cloud. While the sky looked like mid summer a cold wind still whipped across the floodplains of the Ouse, and in the shadows a light ...

Not Much

03/02/2017 13:27:25 PM

The wind was whipping across the Ouse Valley, cold and purposeful; The clouds scudding across the sky, creating fast moving patches of sunlight; Trees bent and swayed to the will of the wind; Storm Ewan had followed Doris and was now sweeping ...

Fenny Stratford to Old Wolverton Grand Union Canal Walk

03/02/2017 01:54:02 AM

The smell of smoke from the many wood burning stoves; crab apples litter the path, being pecked at by Blackbirds and other Thrush; Moorhen bob their way across the murky, green brown, water. Classic signs to me of the Grand Union Canal, once ...

2500 Miles Feb Update

02/28/2017 12:23:06 PM

So February has come to a close, and it wasn't quite as successful as January was in terms of miles clocked up or donations received, but I have surpassed a milestone or two and have managed some nice long walks through these wonderful isles.2500 ...

Sheppey Birding

02/20/2017 05:57:53 AM

Whenever I visit my old man we try to get out for a spot of birding at least once, our day this time round was a day out in search of owls and raptors at one of the best winter destinations for seeing such birds, the Isle of Sheppey.Sheppey ...

Sandwich to Deal Walk

02/19/2017 12:05:18 PM

With a few days off for half term the family and I headed to the south for a grandparent visit in Kent, and what better way to spend on of those days than with a nice walk through some interesting country and coast. We decided a walk from Sandwich ...

Buff Marine Birds - Review

02/13/2017 04:00:14 AM

It was snowing the other afternoon as I walked to pick my daughter up from school, and there I was wrapped in my Berghaus jacket, North Ridge hat, and my brand new Buff (a stunning Marine Birds one - see pic below) feeling cosy and warm, my ...

North West Milton Keynes Circular Walk

02/10/2017 11:21:21 AM

Stepping out of the car park you could be forgiven for thinking you were in the heart of the countryside, Blue and Great tits were singing and calling and a Great Spotted Woodpecker called out from the large trees that line the road down to ...

Pintails and People

02/07/2017 04:00:06 AM

A clear, starry, sky overnight led to a beautiful bright morning with a crisp frosty crunch underfoot. Heading out into the Ouse Valley, with a stunning blue sky overhead I couldn't think of a better way to spend my 41st birthday (obviously ...

Milton Keynes Three Lake Walk

02/01/2017 15:01:53 PM

As a small child I remember sitting inside school at wet playtime, watching as the rain drops splashed down heavily in the puddles outside, dreamily staring as the drops of water, on the glass, raced each other to the bottom of the window, the ...

2500 Miles Jan Update

01/31/2017 11:58:45 AM

Well that is month one coming to an end (OK there are a few hours left, but I'm not planning on walking very much more, bar to my bed, and maybe the kitchen for a snack), so here I am with final walking tallies, a few of the nicer photos from ...

Frosts, Mists and Frozen Lakes

01/26/2017 05:41:27 AM

With ice thickening over much of the lakes of the Floodplain Forest Nature Reserve, there is less and less open water, and those small patches that still remain take on greater significance for the remaining waterfowl. A space to feed, dive ...

Stony Stratford Sunday Walk

01/22/2017 11:26:20 AM

Lazy Sunday mornings, relaxing at home, coffee on, slobbing out, still in your pyjamas, waiting for the Sunday roast to be cooked, smells of home baking, maybe even wading through the weekends papers. Nah not our style really, we were up and ...

Sparkling Frost

01/20/2017 15:56:01 PM

A cacophony of noise hit me as I arrived at the nature reserve, as dozens of Canada Geese took to the air, in noisy, honking, flights, leaving the frozen waters of the floodplain Forest behind as they headed out to forage for food in the frosty ...

Then The Rain Came Down

01/15/2017 07:24:21 AM

Steady rain drummed on my window this morning, but after a couple of days without much walking, I knew I needed to get out to get a few miles under my belt for my 2500 miles of walking, so no matter what decided I'd head out for a local walk ...