I’ve always wanted to see the sunset and sunrise from a mountain. With this in mind, almost 2 years ago, I bought John a new lightweight tent for his birthday, together with a Primus stove, titanium mugs and various other tools. Then Covid came along and we were confined to barracks. Finally, lockdown ended and... Continue Reading →
Lon Las Cymru: a cycling adventure
John and I have done done plenty of hiking and running challenges in our holidays but, over May half term, we're doing our first cycling challenge. Lon Las Cymru is a 254-mile cycle route from Cardiff Bay to Holyhead.
Pembrokeshire trip: Saundersfoot and Llansteffan
On New Year’s Eve, we decided to stay in Saundersfoot so we’d be able to see the fireworks at midnight and would be near to Bertie Boxlife after our dip in the sea, to get warm and dry afterwards. We had a delicious meal in The Mulberry then went back to the van, where I... Continue Reading →
Pembrokeshire trip: St David’s and Pembroke
On Saturday we travelled down to Pembrokeshire for 5 nights. It's our first proper road trip in Bertie Boxlife, so we can see what he's like in the winter. So far, so good. We’re having a lovely trip and we’re warm and cosy. On the way down we stopped at the bakery in Machynlleth for... Continue Reading →
Mines, moorland and mountain
For day 2 of my weight loss challenge, we’ve had a 13 mile hike from Nant Mill, near Coedpoeth, Wrexham. The plan was to walk the uphills and jog the downhills, and we pretty much stuck to that, taking about 4 hours 20 minutes to complete the route. I was quite pleased to get round,... Continue Reading →
The 3 lighthouses challenge
Not my usual type of challenge as there was no running involved... Last weekend's challenge was to photograph the 3 main lighthouses on Anglesey – Penmon, Llanddwyn Island and South Stack. The day was a Welshot rewards day and the aim of the event was to be out all day, experimenting with photography and, hopefully capturing a... Continue Reading →
The North Wales Path: our final challenge… for now…
When I did Trail Marathon Wales on the hottest day of the year, last year, I said I'd never do a run in heat like that again. So how come I ended up attempting an ultra during a heatwave?! Yes... I must be mad. It was a day of ups and downs, and I did... Continue Reading →
Sun, sea and photography!
It's been a very busy week, and a very hot one. It's been lovely to get out in the sunshine and practise various techniques with photographers from Prestatyn camera club and Welshot. I joined Prestatyn camera club last week and, this week, we had a trip to the beach to have a go at taking... Continue Reading →
Snowdonia Rocks: walking, music, raising money… perfect!
Walking with friends, listening to music, raising money for charity, and enjoying stunning scenery and warm sunshine... it doesn't get much better than that! Yesterday we took part in a 12 mile hike from Zip World in Bethesda, up the Nant Ffrancon valley to Cwm Idwal in the heart of Snowdonia, raising money for Love... Continue Reading →
My Welsh 3000s challenge: an epic adventure
The bottom line is I failed to complete the challenge. I didn't climb all of the 15 peaks in Snowdonia that are over 3000 feet (about 1000 metres), and make up the Welsh 3000s, I only climbed 10. An impulse decision meant I missed a whole section, covering 5 peaks, including my favourite, Tryfan. However,... Continue Reading →