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About silkakt

I love to explore countries on foot or by bicycle. An English woman, I moved to the south of Spain in September 2020 and I have dreams of encouraging more people to discover this amazing country by walking its various Camino routes. To date, I've walked the French Camino from St Jean in France, the Portuguese Camino from Lisbon (interior route, not coastal) and the Camino Primitivo from Oviedo. I have also walked a fair few long distance trails in the UK, including all of the National Trails in England and Wales, and a couple of long walks in beautiful Scotland.

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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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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The Portuguese Way – Day 22

Date: 26 April 2018 Walked from: Caldas de Reis Walked to: Padrón Distance: 19 km Imagine going to Munich and finding they had run out of beer. Or Bruges, and discovering the city was all out of chocolate. That’s how … Continue reading

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