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A-Z walks, the sixth through thirteenth. [Oct. 29th, 2008|12:24 am]
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Gosh, it's been a while since I last posted about the A-Z walks. I'm still doing them, and still enjoying them, but have felt disinclined to post about them for fear of being boring — I don't find travel writing in general very interesting at all, and so have never bothered to try to become good at it.

I like maps, though. I've made a Google Map[0] of the route so far. I reckon it's reached that stage which is so pleasing in any project — the point where a ridiculous idea begins to look entirely plausible.

[0] OK, technically, I've made a KML file.

Today's walk was intended to be from Stanmore Station to Hatch End Station; unfortunately I got a bit lost while navigating the Bentley Priory Open Space, ran out of daylight, and decided the wisest thing was to cut it short. I'm now wondering if I should perhaps put these walks on hold until the days are longer again, since the next several are going to involve cross-country trekking, with all the associated getting-lost potential, and it's so dispiriting to have my fun cut short by dusk.


[User Picture]From: crschmidt
2008-10-29 01:34 am (UTC)
You say KML file, I say OpenLayers Map using OpenStreetMap.
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[User Picture]From: natf
2008-10-29 02:22 am (UTC)
I see your travels on flickr and just yesterday was checking RGL for info about Putney (I will be cat-sitting again Thursday - Thursday). I was pleased to see that it had details about the Stash yarn shop and the local Wagamama - last time I cat-sat there it was too hot to move but I am hoping that I might get out and about this time - if only that far!
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[User Picture]From: katstevens
2008-10-29 08:25 am (UTC)
Adventures! We have been very slack with ours - however we're going to take a week off in November to try and get some more terminus walks done (but as you say, getting up with the lark to make the best of the daylight may be a requirement, yikes).
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[User Picture]From: nou
2008-10-29 10:16 am (UTC)
That's why I took September off :)
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[User Picture]From: pozorvlak
2008-10-29 09:06 am (UTC)
I'm now wondering if I should perhaps put these walks on hold until the days are longer again

No way - winter walking is the Best Thing Ever (TM). Just plan a bit more carefully and take a map and compass with you. Did you get the GPS set in the end? Take that, too. You should have a good idea by now of how fast you walk (remember to allow for gain and loss of altitude, using Naismith's Rule if necessary), and thus how far is sensible to do in a given day length.

Me, I hear every report of snow in the Highlands with shivers of anticipation. I think this winter's going to be great :-)
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[User Picture]From: nou
2008-10-29 10:11 am (UTC)
I did plan carefully, and I had two separate maps (and had looked at three other online ones too). Unfortunately the maps weren't accurate about where the footpaths went. There was also a certain amount of being forced to go in a direction I didn't want to, because there were fences and things in the way.

I wasn't planning to stop walking, just to stop the A-Z walks for a bit. I have plenty of other walking to do.
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[User Picture]From: hoshuteki
2008-10-29 09:42 am (UTC)
I don't know if you got my text, but I still hope you write about the Fat Duck, by the way!

Walking is great, but lack of light is frustrating. Means I can only get photos at the weekend...
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[User Picture]From: nou
2008-10-29 10:12 am (UTC)
I did get your text, but was in a pub with people at the time so got distracted out of replying to it. I will see about writing up the Fat Duck, though it was quite disappointing really.
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[User Picture]From: hoshuteki
2008-10-29 10:14 am (UTC)
Oh in that case, you definitely have to write about it. That's a bit unfortunate.
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[User Picture]From: her_welshness
2008-10-31 12:15 pm (UTC)
You'll have to tell me about the Fat Duck tonight ; )
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