#AdventureCalling – Outdoor Linky 56

So we’re officially in autumn now.  I love this time of year.  So many beautiful colours on the way, and yep, it might be raining a bit more – but that’s what coats are for isn’t it?  What has everyone been up to since the kids started back at school?  Have you managed to squeeze in any adventures?  Me and the boy took Anma up her first Wainwright and had a fab day on a lovely, sunny last weekend of summer.

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Wainwright Walk 13 – Coniston Old Man

After having such a fab day out in the Langdales, me, Angela and Beth decided another day out in the Lakes was long overdue.  The October weather forecast was pretty changeable, with some strong winds and rain forecast.  We decided that we would go ahead – we’ve got waterproofs!  Given the forecast, we were careful with our choice of walk, opting for Coniston Old Man for a clear route and relatively short day.

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Llanddwyn Island – Finally!

Newborough Beach is somewhere we have visited regularly – each time looking enviously towards Llanddwyn Island.  I had always believed it was out-of-bounds to us as its status of a nature reserve meant we couldn’t take the barking furry pair.  However, the opportunity arose when me and Rowan were at the caravan with my Mum and Dad, and Rick (who has fewer holidays than me) had stayed home with the muttlers and several packets of Tunnock’s teacakes for company.

 

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#AdventureCalling – Outdoor Linky 50

Welcome back to #AdventureCalling, the linky with an outdoor theme, co hosted by Lauren from The Helpful Hiker, and me.  Last time, Lauren was hoping for some sunny weather for her camping trips after a bout of rain.  This weekend has been glorious – hope everyone managed to make the most of the sunshine.  I’m currently hobbling about after shuffling round a 23k Lakeland Trails race on Saturday.  But it was so worth it!

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#AdventureCalling – Outdoor Linky 48

Welcome to #AdventureCalling, the linky with an outdoor theme, co hosted by Lauren from The Helpful Hiker, and me, also Lauren, from Exploring the Landscape.  I’m really excited to be joining Lauren with this.  I’ve been linking up with #AdventureCalling as often as I can for a while now, and have got some really good ideas from reading everybody’s posts, including our honeymoon in Arran last year.  But before we move on, all the best to David at Potty Adventures  – good luck with your new adventures. Continue reading

Coire Fhionn Lochan – Going Off Piste

Most of my previous walking has been done in the Lake District.  When I open the OS map to plan a walk, it is criss-crossed with green and black dashed lines indicating footpaths and right of ways.  This was not the case when I opened a map of Arran.  Contours and streams were there, and lots of other symbols, lines and colours that make maps so brilliant to look at – but not too many footpaths.  I guess the Scottish Outdoor Access Code means that much of the landscape is one big right of way (within reason).  But it came as a bit of a shock when I was trying to plan a day in the hills for us.  After consulting my guide book, I decided that Coire Fhionn Lochan would be the walk for us.

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