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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.

Camino Primitivo, Day 3

Walked from: Bodenaya Walked to: Campiello Distance: 23.km When: 14 October 2019 I left the hostel (albergue) reluctantly this morning; it had been such a fun, cozy night and the weather forecast for today didn’t bode well. Luckily, the aforementioned … Continue reading

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Camino Primitivo, Day 2

Camino Primativo, Day 2 Walked from: San Juan de Villapañada Walked to: Bodenaya Distance: 24.6km When: 13 October 2019 (Image: dawn with a hint of rainbow!) Another evening, another out of the way hamlet to call home for the night. … Continue reading

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Camino Primitivo, Day 1

Walked from: Oviedo Cathedral Walked to: San Juan de Villapañada Distance: 28km When: 12 October 2019 (Image: View from tonight’s hostel) What a stellar start to my third Camino route. An overcast morning gave way to a beautiful sunny afternoon … Continue reading

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Two Days in the Lakes

Where: The Lake District When: 27-28 September 2019 Weather: Mixed! With: Peter (Image: Lake Buttermere) I haven’t gone north to go walking since I completed the Dales Way with a group of friends last August (never did get around to … Continue reading

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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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