8.5 Miles approx
footpaths, fields some quite steep inclines. Electric fences.
Unfortunately there was just two ramblers out today, Mark could not make it so myself and Nigel headed out across the valley of Lansdown to the disused airfield of Charmy Down. Like always I had left everything to the last minute; so there I was rushing round at 6 in the morning trying to get myself sorted, my bottle full of orange, my map printed and my boots placed inside a polythene bag. Finally I was ready to leave the house.
It was my turn to drive so I set off to to pick Nigel up outside the Willy Wickett pub just off the ring road. From there we headed to Lansdown via Wick. Our walk started up by the Monument that marked the battle of Lansdown in 1643. Having parked up we got ourselves ready, swapping our shoes for boots and putting on our rucksacks. It was at this point that I had a terrible feeling that I had forgotten something. I had boots, rucksack, camera but no map! Yes ladies and gentleman the one key element to walking I had left at home in the midst of rushing about.
We decided that the map was not going to spoil our walk so we set off without it, using common sense as our only compass. We crossed the road and headed towards the monument which was just a bit further up. As we approached it we noticed that a path lead around it so we took it. The path was well established so we kept on it for quite a way. After leaving the road side the terrain was quite nice, almost surreal- trees, open valleys, ridges it felt like we were in another part of Britain. Who would of thought that this was just down the road from us.