Running from the door

After soaking up the coastal magic of Pembrokeshire, we packed up the car and headed back east. The simplest of drives, constantly following the A40 across the roundabouts and past the green fields until it draped across the northern edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Our destination was a up in one of the … More Running from the door

Cwm Hill & Llys y Fran

Bryony and I took Rolo for for first *proper* holiday this summer, heading to undiscovered parts of the familiar landscapes of Pembrokeshire. Cwm Hill was our adventure base, close to the coast and the hills with the promise of top quality stargazing. A couple of hills over lay a reservoir and country park which had immediately suggested … More Cwm Hill & Llys y Fran

up & out

It’s been  a year of nature books so far. I’m currently reading some fine non-fiction, ‘Dip‘ by Andrew Fusek Peters. His short tales of wild swimming, exploring local landscapes and the consolations of nature are balm to a busy soul, a way to infuse the working week with the great outdoors. It’s even proven to … More up & out

Visiting the Reds

With the weather warming, the bike has been emerging from its winter hibernation on a more regular basis. Saturday last, I headed straight down the cycle path to one of my favourite Island spots, Alverstone Mead. I only discovered these beautiful acres a while ago, but have been a regular visitor since. It feels like a … More Visiting the Reds

ploughing match

Many times I’ve cycled past by chance but have never stopped. So when I discovered one of the island’s ploughing matches beforehand, into the diary it went.      I’m really pleased I did, a lovely countryside event to brighten a grey Saturday. Living in town it is easy to forget just how rural we … More ploughing match

evening ride

I’ve got a Dawes touring bike. It’s a fine beast that has been with me through a variety countries and landscapes, up and over multiple hills. I love it, but it is a heavy beast. Luckily for me, my father-in-law has a variety of bikes, one of which he kindly lent me for the summer months. … More evening ride