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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 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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The Greensands Way (Surrey)

30 March 2019 Four weeks ago I did a day walk on the Greensands Way, a trail that in its 108 mile entirety, runs from Haslemere in Surrey to Hamstreet in Kent. It was more an excuse to try out … Continue reading

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Walking home

Walked: To my mum’s house Date: 17-19 July 2018 Distance: 75 miles Weather: Heatwave! Despite all the well known long distance trails I’ve walked, there’s a much more random – and personal – one that I’ve been wanting to do … Continue reading

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The Portuguese Way – Day 23

Date: 27 April 2018 Walked from: Padrón Walked to: Santiago de Compostela Distance: 23 km Almost exactly six months ago today I arrived at the plaza next to the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, having finished my month-long walk west … Continue reading

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