30th. April – 1st. May 2016 Seven Sisters Walk and Friston Forest Bivi - 2016

At the end of a perfect day we set up camp in woodland carpeted with the bright white stars of strawberries and the opulence of purple dog violets. We still had time to play and one of the games was sitting still and silent and listening to sounds of the wood. Who would have thought…



Bivi trip 5-6 March 2016 - 2016

We had a great adventure over the weekend. Tony, Careg, Brie and Mark with me walked from near Pycombe village to the New Timber Hill across a tremendous mud road and had our lunch at the top of the hill. Than we walked back across the mud ( it was a great adventure and was…



What the kids say - 2016

Bivi Trip 4-6 March   Finally got the kids to write their thoughts on the trip.   It was such good fun Carreg It was really fun. We had the best dining room ever and we bivyed out in a patch of trees. Brae



Frosty Fun in Friston Forest - 2015

We were warned. The Met Office had issued a severe weather warning for Sussex, with gale force winds and temperatures well below zero forecast. Despite this, 11 people thought that it sounded like a great way to spend the weekend. Five children aged between three and eight years old and their parents were up for…



Harrison Rocks Trip. 17th August 2015 - 2015

Harrison Rocks Trip. 17th August 2015 A beautiful sunny day, Dan, Helene and Juline went one night before to camp in the woods, Tony, Becci, Andrew, Yara, Kira and I arrived at noon. After we all met, the experienced instructors set up some nice routes and we started climbing. The children got to climb some…



We’ve all gone nuts (and berries) - 2015

Wild Food Walks 26th. and 30th. September 2015   The muddy recce to Wilmington Wood, Abbot’s Wood and Nate Wood went well (we managed to pick huge amounts of fat sloe berries) and we felt that we would have plenty of wild food to talk about. Autumn is great for a forager; the fungi has…



Storms and Midges - 2015

  Storms and midges. The Peak District trip 20th. to 27th. August 2015   The air swirling around the base of the crag became noticeably colder and above us the sky was an impressionistic canvas with bold, board, black, brush strokes curving down to the horizon to denote curtains of rain. A constant rumble of…



Stanage - 2015

We camped in North Lees a half hours walk to the fantastic climbs at Stanage. We were not far from the strikingly peaceful small town of Haversage- lanes with a few houses would quickly end in open fields and views of the surrounding hills. I spent most evenings enjoying walks.



Walk to Rottingdean - 2015

Hi everyone, Here is a picture of today’s walk to Rottingdean. It was a nice walk under a beautiful sky. Have a nice week! E



Preston Park Walk, 5th July 2015 - 2015

Malcolm and I met up by the Rotunda Cafe. While we waited to see if anyone else turned up, we could see the newts moving around in the pond. I really like newts and it is great to spot them thriving, as they are a protected and declining species in this country. There were common…



Bird song and sign 7th. – 9th. May - 2015

Bird song and sign 7th. – 9th. May If you happen to be in the right place, the evening chorus can be as exciting and varied as its dawn counterpart (without the waking up at 0400). And we were in the right place; a large wood near Midhurst in West Sussex. The chorus was spectacular….



Somerset - 2015

We stayed near Shepton Mallet, and stayed in a ramshackle climbers and cavers bunk house. We climbed everyday mostly in nearby limestone quarries. We had a chance meeting with a local man who keeps the climbs in a good state. This and the access we had to the strange man-made landscapes gave me an awareness…



May Bank Holiday Walk - 2015

Following May Bank holiday tradition, it was a grey start to the day. By the time Brae, Carreg and I had reached the bus stop the mizzle had bejewelled my whiskers. Continuing with bank holiday tradition our bus was 30 minutes late, due to breakdowns and when it eventually arrived we were not allowed to…



Dorset trip Easter 2015 - 2015

Driving down on Monday, the weather closed in, getting dark, damp, rainy and cold. We were all tired for various reasons so when we arrived spirits were low. But, when we woke up on Tuesday morning the sun was out, the air was mild and the birds were singing. Dorset was transformed and all our…



SPA training at Plas y Brenin, 12-13 January 2015 - 2015

SPA training at Plas y Brenin, 12-13 January 2015 I’ve just completed my SPA training at Plas y Brenin in Snowdonia. Plas y Brenin is the national training centre for mountaineering, climbing and other outdoor activities. The SPA is the Single Pitch Award – the longstanding benchmark qualification for taking people climbing outdoors. The training…