Here I am looking towards the Med' on a PERFECT day.
Here we go - my first blog! This is me, the name's Les, and I am, (on this date - July 10th 2006) 52 years old.
I LOVE walking/hiking/rambling - call it what you will, and get out almost every weekend. I have been doing this as a hobby since 1986, and it helps to keep me fit. I also love photography, which goes hand-in-hand with walking, and have a substantial library of pictures from everywhere I've been, expanded even more by my foray into digital a few years ago.
I live near the Peak District in Derbyshire, and that's where most of my 'home' walking is done. Every year though, since 1991, I've done a long distance walk, usually lasting around ten days, and usually accompanied by my best friend and brother, Colin.
The walks I/we have done so far are;
Pembrokeshire coastal path - 170 miles (twice)
The English coast to coast walk - 177 miles
The Scottish coast to coast walk (Southern Upland way - 212 miles).
Dales way - 95 miles, started in Shipley.
Wicklow way - 82 miles.
Cleveland way + Tabular hills link walk - 156 miles
And my very favourite, and in my opinion, the best British walk there is;
The West Highland way - 95 miles - (four times - yes, I LOVE it). The first time, we did Ben Nevis as well (most do this). The second time, we did the Aonach Egach ridge - supposedly the best ridge walk in this country, and it WAS spectacular. Diaries of some of these walk can be found here; www.walkdiaries.blogspot.com
Colin & I have also been to the Pyrenees four times in the last five years. It's a walkers paradise. We did the Basque region for two years, walking about 180 miles of the GR10 LDP on the first visit, then, thanks to two very good friends, Brenda and Mannes, have explored a lot of south eastern France, Roussillon area. We are deeply grateful to Brenda and Mannes for making this dream come true.
I hope to add to this blog on a regular basis, and will try to create some sort of album for the pictures, but for now, that's it!
Day one - SORTED!