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Day 2 – Meonstoke to Harting Downs

Day 2 – Meonstoke to Harting Downs

We were hoping to make an early start on day 2 in an attempt to avoid hiking in the middle of the day where possible. The previous day’s relentless sunshine had been tough on both of us and the Met Office forecast suggested that things were likely to get hotter add the week went on. Unfortunately by the time we were putting one foot in front of the other is was already past 8 am. The first objective was to…

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South Downs Way

South Downs Way

Introduction In July I undertook my first long distance adventure of the year – an 8 day hike along the length South Downs Way, a spectacular walking and bike-packing trail in southern England. What is the South Downs Way? The South Downs Way (SDW) is a national trail which follows the course of the South Downs National Park in South East England, starting from Winchester and running roughly due east, ending at the foot of the Downs in Eastbourne, West…

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South Downs Way Day 1 – Winchester to East Meonstoke

South Downs Way Day 1 – Winchester to East Meonstoke

They say that the first step in any journey is the hardest and in the case of the South Downs Way this way this was definitely true for this trip, mainly because we couldn’t actually find the start. Eventually after an accidental tour of the city centre we eventually stumbled upon a rather modest little plaque behind a railing, half hidden by flowers and bunting. To save future walkers the same hassle we had I have added a pin to…

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Wild Camping – Pillar, Lake District

Wild Camping – Pillar, Lake District

If you looking for a great 360 degree panoramic view of the lakes district and over towards the Irish sea then you will struggle to beat the summit of Pillar. This quiet and awkward to reach fell offers the rare opportunity to camp completely alone on the top of a high fell. With most of the other fells you often have to share camping locations with 2 or more tents, even in the depths of winter. There’s no water on…

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Scuba Diving Liveaboard in the Similan Islands, Thailand

Scuba Diving Liveaboard in the Similan Islands, Thailand

Over the December holidays I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to spend 4 nights on a scuba diving liveaboard, exploring dive sights in the Andaman Sea, just off Thailand’s eastern coast. Trip Video The Itinerary The Journey last 5 days and we dive sites around 4 islands: Richelieu Rock (Day 2) Surin Islands(Day 2 & 3) Koh Bon Island (Day 4) Similan Islands (Day 4 & 5) The Boat The MV Andaman is 3 deck boat with the…

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Koh Adang Viewpoint Kayak and Hike

Koh Adang Viewpoint Kayak and Hike

A short & steep 2 hour adventure offering breathtaking views over Koh Lipe and the Andaman Sea. After a fortnight of beach hopping and scuba diving along the Andaman Sea coast in southern Thailand we finally reached Koh Adang, a semi deserted island opposite Koh Lipe and just north of the border with Malaysia. The island is a protected nature reserve with no roads and only 2 tiny resorts on the island. Keen to work off our Christmas holiday bellies…

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Kayaking the Ping River, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Kayaking the Ping River, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Towards the end of the summer holidays we travelled up to Chiang Mai in search of some more active adventures. Given that it was the middle of rainy season we figured that kayaking would be great fun so we booked a 2 day trip. Cindy and Liz had never done kayaking before so we opted for the 2 day river Pai adventure, as it was mostly flat but fast moving water with a few class 1/2 rapids thrown in. The…

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