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About silkakt

I'm a map addict. I nip out in my lunch break to go to the National Map Centre, just around the corner from where I work, to feed my habit. My fix normally costs £7.99 and comes in the form of an OS map, although I'm a big fan of Sustrans cycle maps, the Trailblazer walking guides and maps of the world too. And once I've got my new map, I start plotting - routes, adventures and an escape away from the office that I spend too much time in. Maps, quite simply, make the world a better and more exciting place.

The Dunwich Dynamo

Cycled: The Dunwich Dynamo Distance: 130 miles (from Dulwich) Date: 13-14 July 2019 There’s an overnight bike ride that has an almost mystical status for England’s cyclists. I say ‘almost’ because while it’s far from a myth (thousands of us … Continue reading

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Dorset / Wiltshire Borders

Date: 15 & 16 June 2019 Walked: 17 miles My walks are increasingly long-distance, solitary affairs; I meet people along the way but often head off alone, eating up the miles in a quasi-meditative state. Not this weekend – this … Continue reading

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The Wealdway

(Image: Camping at Hale Farm, Chiddingly) Walk: The Wealdway Dates: 24-27 May 2019 Distance: 80 miles Slept: Gate House Wood Touring Park (12 miles) / Camp Manor Court Farm (37 miles) / Hales Farm (60 miles) Planning: OS map app … Continue reading

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The Essex Way, Day 3

(Image: Good Easter’s village sign) Date: 21 April 2019 Walked: 21.6 miles Let me put forward what may be a controversial theory: I don’t think the Essex Way is 82 miles. Or the 81 miles Essex County Council states in … Continue reading

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The Essex Way – Day 2

(Image: field near Little Leighs) Date: 20 April Walked: 21.4 miles Today was definitely one of two halves. Or rather two halves, interspersed with two lunchtime pints! (Image: Colne River) I woke early in the beautiful spot I’d wild camped … Continue reading

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The Essex Way – Day 1

(Image: Ramsey) Date: 19 April 2019 Walked: 22.4 miles I woke early, and was on my way at 6am. My reward? A glowing red fireball of a sunrise as I looked back towards Ramsey and it’s windmill. (Image: Stour Estuary) … Continue reading

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The Essex Way – Day 0

(Image: Dover Court Lighthouses) Date: 18 April 2019 Walked: 5 miles The excitement of starting a walking trip, with four days off, a lot of miles to cover and a very promising Easter weekend weather forecast… god, if that feeling … Continue reading

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